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RDAs support Women's Enterprise Day

16 Nov 2005

Regional Development Agencies support Women’s Enterprise Day
Hundreds of women throughout the England will today be encouraged to become entrepreneurs at events supported by the English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).
Events include:
· A competition to find the most successful women entrepreneur in the North East, sponsored by One North East
· An entrepreneurial masterclass for women to find out the do’s and dont’s of running a business, organised by Yorkshire Forward
· A one day event exploring opportunities for women in the regional economy, hosted by East Midlands Development Agency.
The events are part of the RDAs’ support for Women’s Enterprise Day, which is part of National Enterprise Week.
Supporting the events, James E Brathwaite CBE, Chairman of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), which has the lead role for enterprise for all RDAs, said:
“Women entrepreneurs already make a considerable contribution to the UK economy. There are 620,000 majority women-owned businesses in the UK generating a turnover of around £130 billion a year.
However, only 15 per cent of Small and Medium Enterprises are majority or wholly-owned by women, which shows that they are an under utilized entrepreneurial resource. If women started businesses at the same rate as men, there would be an extra 150,000 start ups each year.
“We hope the wide range of events the RDAs are supporting as part of Women’s Enterprise Day will encourage women to consider setting up their own businesses.
“Enterprise is key to growing successful economies and the RDAs are determined to help women break down perceived barriers and make a much greater contribution the UK’s enterprise culture.”
Note to editors
For further information plus case studies on the regional development agencies’ contact Duncan Stroud at the RDA’s National Secretariat on 020-7654 1516.
A full list of events happening in Enterprise Week is on the Enterprise Week website at www.starttalkingideas.org/enterpriseweek

For more details contact Duncan Stroud at the RDA National Secretariat on 020-7654 1516.
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