In the UK in 2021, 19% of SMEs with employees (a three-percentage point increase on 2020) and 20% of firms with no employees (21% in 2020) were female-led. The Government does not hold regional information on the proportion of female-led businesses.
The Start-Up Loans Company provides funding and intensive support to new entrepreneurs. Since 2012 the Start-Up Loans programme has delivered over almost 99,000 loans with an aggregate value of more than £922m (average loan size of £9,338), as of October 2022. And since 2012 40% of Start Up Loans have gone to women, worth over £341m (October 2022).