Women key to busi­ness

The Oban Times - - Business -

WOMEN’S em­ploy­ment min­is­ter Annabelle Ewing says women are key to in­creas­ing busi­ness.

More women should be en­cour­aged to set up their own busi­ness with a pos­si­ble net­work of more than £7.6 bil­lion.

Launch­ing sup­port for women in busi­ness Ms Ewing said: ‘Fe­male self- em­ploy­ment has gone up more than 25 per cent in the last five years, com­pared to fewer than eight per cent for men. Last year women-led busi­nesses con­trib­uted around £ 5 bil­lion to the econ­omy.

‘If we had as many fe­male-run busi­nesses as male we could ex­pect that fig­ure to grow to £7.6 bil­lion.

‘Much of the work we have to do in en­cour­ag­ing more women to start their own com­pa­nies is to en­sure they prop­erly recog­nise the value of their tal­ents and skills and just how sought af­ter they are.’

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