Whilst the number of women starting businesses in the UK has increased significantly in the past 10 years, there is still plenty of encouragement and support needed for women to take the plunge into entrepreneurship.
According to Prowess 2.0, a UK national network for women, currently 30% of the self-employed in the UK are women, and of the 4.8million enterprises only 15% are majority-led by women. The south east of England, within which Hampshire falls, whilst relatively affluent in overall terms, has a fairly low level of female entrepreneurs and female-led start ups. This low level of female enterprise activity is what prompted WSX Enterprise to get involved.
WSX Enterprise has been supporting entrepreneurs from the birth of their business onwards for many years and is currently involved in a number of UK and European based projects with the SME sector.
One participant in a previous programme run by WSX Enterprise, Plato:Sustain was so inspired by the experience, and the positive feedback she received from working with a group of fellow entrepreneurs, that it gave her the impetus she needed to realise a personal ambition to set up a Social Enterprise offering facilitation services which would enable her to donate 50% of the profits to charitable causes. This is how Community Compass came about, initially as a web-based business. The first donation will be to Oxfam to buy a cow thereby contributing to Oxfam’s sustainable farming projects which encourage economic solutions to poverty.
Both Gill and I know that this kind of personal inspiration will also be part of the BNEW programme.
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