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New Businesses: Females

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th June 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Burt of Solihull Baroness Burt of Solihull Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of female role models for women entrepreneurs.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

We support the aim of having more female role models for women entrepreneurs. We are working to ensure we have the right business environment for everyone, including women, to set up and grow a business. The Business is GREAT website ( includes case studies of women who have started and grown successful businesses. In 2015 the Global Entrepreneurship Development Institute ranked the UK as the best country in Europe for female entrepreneurs.

The Start-Up Loans Company is celebrating the achievements of British businesses with the launch of the Start-Up Loans Ambassador Programme to showcase success stories. Four of the six businesses selected as ambassadors are owned by women. We have been working with businesses to increase representation of women on boards, which we hope will also continue to create more female role models across all sectors.

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