In the UK, twice as many men as women start a business. The proportion of SMEs run by women is increasing. Yet there is greater potential still: If women set up businesses at the same rate as men, the UK would have an additional one million entrepreneurs.
There are a growing number of organisations and networks supporting women entrepreneurs, helping more women become inspired and enabled to succeed in business.
There are a wide number of business networks specifically for women offering events, support and advice:
B-new Business Network for Enterprising Women;
Enterprising Women This network aims to empower, connect, train, inspire, campaign, promote, celebrate and support women in business;
Everywoman A global membership organisation that champions the advancement of women;
Female Entrepreneur Association is an online hub with the mission of inspiring and empowering women from around the world to turn their ideas into a reality and build successful businesses;
Forward Ladies Women's networking and business support organisations supporting over 13,500 women throughout the UK;
iHubbub This virtual homeworking world is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share their home working experiences, skills and to share in our home working world;
Princes Trust Women's Leadership Group is a network of leading women who have made a financial commitment to support some of the most vulnerable young women in the UK;
Prowess provides a comprehensive list of national and some international women's business networks, a map of local services, support and finance for women in enterprise and much more;
Mumpreneur Support and advice for women juggling family life with starting up and running a business;
Springboard Enterprises is a highly-vetted expertnetwork of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to buildinghigh-growth technology-oriented companies ledby women;
WE Connect International Identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers;
Wire The UK networking and business club for rural women in business;
Women's Business Council (WBC) The WBC was established in 2012 to advise government on how women's contribution to economic growth can be optimised;
Women's Wisdom - Community of Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners.