Business: Females

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th July 2016.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department provides to female entrepreneurs in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) the Liverpool City Region and (c) England.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

We are working to ensure we have the right business support for everyone, including women, to set up and grow a business. Start-Up Loans provide funding and intensive support to new entrepreneurs (39% of Start‑Up Loans have been awarded to women).

There are 39 Growth Hubs across England and the Government has provided funding to Liverpool City Region to support development of a business growth hub that provides support to help businesses start-up and grow. The Business Support Helpline also provides information and guidance to people across England - 45% of users in the last year (April 2015-16) were women. In 2015 the Global Entrepreneurship Development Institute ranked the UK as the best country in Europe for female entrepreneurs.

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