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21 July 2016

Women in Enterprise Taskforce named

FSB is delighted to announce 15 fantastic small business owners will join its national taskforce established to promote women in enterprise. 

The taskforce has been set up by FSB to champion the needs of the UK’s many women small business owners, and build on the recommendations of FSB’s Women in Enterprise report released earlier this year. 

FSB's Women in Enterprise Taskforce, led by FSB Diversity Chair Helen Walbey: 

Helen Walbey, FSB Diversity Chair, Recycle Scooters - Wales
Lina Bourdon, City & Country Financial Services  - London
Nathalie Christmann-Cooper,  - Kent
Rafael Dos Santos,  - London
Carolyn Frank, Libby Butler Jewellers –North East
Sandra Garlick, SG Business Consulting – Coventry, Warwickshire 
Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, Making You Content - Manchester
Sangeeta Haindl, Serendipity PR and Media - London
Pamela Hargreaves, Xivvi Ltd – North East  
Lesley Long, Wild Women Enterprise Co. Ltd - Wales
Bini Ludlow, Sweet Cumin - Somerset
Angela MacAusland, AM PM PA Ltd – Bath, Somerset
Janet Torley, Practical Marketing – Fife, Scotland
Deborah Turner, You Image Consultancy - Kent
Annabelle Webster, South East Timber & Damp Ltd - Kent

The Women in Enterprise Taskforce will look at ways to overcome the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs. It will also develop a series of regional events and networking opportunities to help more women successfully achieve their potential by starting and growing their business.

FSB Diversity Chair Helen Walbey said"We now have a dedicated group of entrepreneurs across the UK to help drive cultural change towards diversity in business. 

“Each of these small business owners tells a different story about starting and growing their business. But all of them have first-hand experience of the challenges women entrepreneurs face. That’s why the Women in Enterprise Taskforce is well-placed to identify the barriers for women and break them down one by one. 

“We have a huge opportunity to boost growth and prosperity in this country by supporting more women into business. Women-led smaller businesses already contribute over £85 billion to the UK economy. But only one in five (22%) firms are majority run by women. If women were to set up and grow businesses at the same rate as men, the Government estimates it could add £600 billion to the economy.”

For full details of FSB's Women in Enterprise Taskforce click here