MORE help is needed for women entrepreneurs in Yorkshire, it is claimed – after a report showed they are outnumbered three to one by self-employed men.
The survey by Hull University, Cranfield School of Management and the University of St Andrew’s also showed that self-employed men employed more staff than their female counterparts.
The research conducted for the Forum of Private Business (FPB) found that 18% of male respondents in Yorkshire are self-employed, while just 7% of women run their own businesses. In addition, while male entrepreneurs employ an average of 3.9 members of staff, self-employed women employ just 2.9 members of staff per company.
Len Collinson, national chairman of the FPB, said: “It is important that the Government helps greater numbers of people of both genders to start and grow their own businesses. Encouraging entrepreneurship will create even more jobs and boost the economy.”
In addition to exposing the gender divide in Yorkshire, the study highlights differences in entrepreneurship between regions of the UK.
It revealed that 23% of men and 11% of women surveyed are self-employed in the south against only 17% of men and 8% women in the north.
However, while self-employed entrepreneurs in the north employ an average of 3.5 employees per company, those in the south employ 2.7.