Date lodged: 16 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to encourage the start-up of women-owned businesses.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 29 November 2018
The Scottish Government is committed to tackling the gender gap in enterprise through supporting the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise. As part of this, we have committed nearly £400,000 this year on projects to support and encourage greater levels of female entrepreneurship. For example, the Business Women Scotland Live Events programme and the Ambassador programme led by Women's Enterprise Scotland.
Since the Women in Enterprise Action Framework was launched in 2014 the proportion of women who are actively starting a business has risen significantly and the early-stage entrepreneurial activity (TEA) rate has caught up with the UK average. The gender gap in people starting businesses has also reduced in Scotland – whereas in the rest of the UK it has increased. In Scotland the enterprise gender gap is now on par with other leading entrepreneurial nations like the US & Canada. We continue to work with partners through the Women in Enterprise Action Group to maintain and accelerate progress.