It’s time for entrepreneurs to get involved in the post-Brexit policy debate

Read Philip Salter’s article in City AM about how he thinks now is the prime time for entrepreneurs to get involved with policy.

Plugging The Gender Funding Gap

The Entrepreneurs Network’s Annabel Denham has written for the Huffington Post about our previous and upcoming Female Founders Forum projects.

Read the full article here.

Too Many Men?

Our recent female founders report is still receiving press coverage. Female founders forum member Debbie Wosskow writes in The Guardian about her plan to change the investment imbalance. And The National has also written about our report.


The 7 Myths Of High Growth Firms

A recent debate article by Ross Brown, Suzanne Mawson and Colin Mason caught my eye. Myth-busting and entrepreneurship policy: the case of high growth firms challenges some common held beliefs about high growth firms…


Read the full article here.

Coverage for Untapped Unicorns

The Entrepreneurs Network’s report on the Untapped Unicorns – the underfunded female entrepreneurs – has received widespread media coverage.

In summary the report showed that there is an evident gender bias against female entrepreneurs receiving funding from capital providers; despite the fact that female-led businesses are less likely to fail. The Entrepreneurs Network’s Annabel Denham comments that this data is frustrating and recommends a change in education, culture and data collecting to combat the evident bias.

Sexism in start-up investment leaves UK businesses male-dominated, The Telegraph

We need to stop sexism in start-up investment, The Guardian

Eight Stats That Show How Britain Fails Its Female Entrepreneurs, Forbes

Unitapped unicorns: It’s time to close the scale-up investment gender gap, City AM

Pelvic floor exercise device maker Elvie receives £6m funding to launch more products, The Telegraph

Mind the funding-gap: Why we need more female founded scale-ups, Forbes

Greater efforts required to fund female-led firms, The Scotsman

How to tap into government funding for female entrepreneurs,

Call to ‘untap funding’ for female entrepreneurs,

Female entrepreneurs need more access to funding, according to report,

Lack of investment opportunities sees female startup founders lose out,

How Britain can drive the growth of female entrepreneurship,

Untapped Unicorns: scaling up female entrepreneurship, Barclays

Untapped unicorns in North East England (and how we are helping Shorthand Social

Investment culture remains very much male-dominated The National

Plugging the Gender Funding Gap, The Huffington Post

Local councils fail to support business growth

A report by the Business Census 2017 showed that most businesses feel local council support is getting worse, with 7 out of 10 of businesses feeling let down. The areas that were most unhappy were the East of England and Northern Ireland, whereas London and Scotland were most content with support. Philip Salter, founder of The Entrepreneurs Network, advised that although “this isn’t the time to shake things up, it should be a prod to government at every level that many Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Growth Hubs aren’t yet firing on all cylinders.” To boost support from local councils, we should put more money into LEPs and increase Metro Mayors.

Read the full LocalGov article here.

Local government business support has dwindled

The support that local governments give to businesses has weakened this past year, according to a survey by Business Census 2017 Report, with now 70% of businesses unhappy with the help. The survey also found that increasingly businesses are concerned about the global state of politics, although the majority surveyed have not been affected by Brexit so far.

As Philip Salter of the Entrepreneurs Network put it, “2016 delivered uncertainty by the bucket load. Whatever the medium to long-term impact of Brexit, there can few who doubt that in the short run there will be a bumpy ride. 2017 may be a little more interesting than many would want.”

Read the full article here.

We can’t afford to lose the Enterprise Investment Scheme

Lord Howard Flight recently wrote an article for Conservative Home, stressing the importance of continuing the Enterprise Investment Scheme. The EIS offers tax incentives for high risk equity investment in SMEs, and has been crucial to the success of entrepreneurship in Britain over the last decade. Flight references the Entrepreneurs Network’s study – which found that only 25% of MPs knew about EIS – to call on a greater awareness of MPs about the scheme.

To read the full Conservative Home article, click here.

How the landlords aren’t moving fast enough

The latest Proptech roundtable on the transformation of the property market stressed the importance of landlords keeping up with increasingly fast-moving tech companies. Co-working could be one solution, but the roundtable also showed that it’s not just the landlords that are holding businesses back. Internet connectivity, insurance problems and exorbitant taxes on property development all were raised. Overall, businesses need to work alongside the government and the property market to make the UK an even more attractive setting for new tech companies.

To read the full Tech City News article, clickhere.

Women are leaders, not female leaders

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

Given the wave of growth in of women entrepreneurs over the past few years, it seems that Sheryl Sandberg is right. As Annabel Denham shows in a Huffington Post article, the future looks bright for businesswomen, with women-led companies growing at explosive rates as Founders4Schools’s studies show. With the gap narrowing between female and male led companies, female-focused investment platforms such as AllBright are sprouting up and creating new networks and crowdfunding opportunities.

To read the full article, click here.