Female Entrepreneurs

The Female Entrepreneurs archive featuring case-studies, interviews and expert comment focused on women-led businesses.

Starting a Business

One fifth of all new companies are founded by women

All-women teams established over 150,000 new businesses last year, with young women aged 16-to-25-years-old the most active entrepreneurs

Funding your small business

Business grants for women

Female entrepreneurs face unique challenges in accessing funding, which is why we've listed these business grants for women.


Create & Cultivate

Create & Cultivate is ideal for women entrepreneurs who want a community to share tips and ideas with. They run events too


Q&A – Sarah Turner, Angel Academe: ‘Women tend to talk more honestly about their business’

Sarah Turner, CEO and co-founder of Angel Academe, talks to us about issues affecting women founders and potential investors


Funding gap for women entrepreneurs hits £1.3tn

New research reveals a widening funding gap for women entrepreneurs, totting up to £1.3tn – but what is the situation like in the UK?

Success stories

Single and pregnant with no funding: how one woman made her online business a success

Starting a business by yourself is tough enough, never mind when you're pregnant and strapped for cash. Sara Lou-Ann Jones tells us how she did it with her company, Centre of Excellence.

Success stories

What Estonia’s youngest inventor can teach us about entrepreneurship

Karoli Hindriks is the founder and CEO of global employment site Jobbatical, but she has a long history of entrepreneurship. She talks to SmallBusiness.co.uk about running her business.


Lack of role models holding female entrepreneurs back

New research looks into the impact the lack of role models is having on female entrepreneurs starting up their own business.


Surge in female entrepreneurs and start-ups narrows ‘enterprise gap’

Proportion of women early-stage entrepreneurs jumped 45 per cent between 2003-6 and 2013-16, narrowing the enterprise gap.

Business Ideas & Planning

Inspiring ambition in the female founders of the future

Kate Jack, country lead for UK Innovation Hub, discusses what needs to be done to encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM subjects and entrepreneurship.


Millennial female entrepreneurship in light of Britain’s post-Brexit economy

Marie Lexa explores what female millennials can do to begin overcoming the hurdles they face in business.

Startup Funding and Grants

How to tap into funding for female entrepreneurs

New report draws on academic research and advice from the UK’s most successful female founders to address the gender scale up gap.

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free