FUNDING ENTERPRISING WOMEN (FEW!)
Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Business
Historically, women have had a hard time starting and developing their own businesses. This has often been because they lack capital and are reluctant to approach the market for finance. Women often claim not to understand the language of business and may not appreciate the
FEW! forms part of the Inclusive Growth pillar of the GROW programme, helping to give women recognition as business people in their own right and introducing previously hidden innovators to the business world. It supports the objectives of the EU Lisbon agenda to provide “more
The project brings together six partners from the
FEW! entered an environment in which some women’s businesses were struggling or even collapsing due to insufficient funding. Opportunities were being missed in the market place because good ideas were not being promoted or exploited well enough. Women were on social security when they could instead have been in business and contributing to the wealth and welfare of all. Many were suffering from lack of self-esteem and even depression.
As the project moves towards its end, FEW! Has seen 15 new businesses started in
“It makes us really proud to see businesses run by women thriving and succeeding, and to feel that we were able to give them a hand up, not a hand out,” said
Looking to the future, project partners see one of their key successes as achieving a change of attitude among providers of funding to women in business. In practical terms, the micro-credit in South East England remains on tap and an extra £15,000 has been made available in the region for work with more women through the current financial year (April 07/April 08).
In The Netherlands (Brabant) and
Project partners also feel the shared experience of working together in FEW! means that links will remain and ensure strong future cooperation.
“Break down barriers, demystify the world of business for women, give them a hand up, not a hand out.”
Anne Minter PM
Finance South East
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