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Finance Secretary John Swinney said:
“Scotland is a nation that is rich in talent with a great reputation in innovation and enterprise.
“We are working hard in Government to support and empower the longstanding entrepreneurial spirit of the Scottish people. Today’s investments will help women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, benefit from the advice from other successful business women and ultimately grow our economy.
“It is clear that if we are to strengthen the recovery, we must tackle the gender gap in business. Research by Professor Sara Carter from Strathclyde University shows that the Scottish GDP could be boosted by over five per cent if we tackle the gender gap adequately. This is an opportunity for us all to ensure that women across the country are equipped with the confidence and support to reap the benefits of their enterprise.”
“In the UK, twice as many men as women start a business. We want to change that. We want to enhance the role of women entrepreneurs. RBS has launched Inspiring Women in Enterprise to tackle this issue head on. With access to a support network offering expert advice, together with funding opportunities, we believe more women can be inspired and enabled to succeed in business.
One of the practical ways we’re helping is by offering funding to not-for-profit organisations who work with women to facilitate and support them to start out in business. Each year we set aside £500,000 of funding and invite organisations to submit their proposals and apply for funds to run programmes that support the next generation of women entrepreneurs throughout the UK.
By the end of 2015 we will help 20,000 women to explore and unlock their enterprise potential.”
For more information, visit the Inspiring Enterprise website.
Other partners engaged in the delivery of the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women’s Enterprise include: