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Rebecca Hopkins

Inspiring Women in business

A word from Rebecca on gender equality in business and supporting young women

Did you know that female entrepreneurs contribute £3.5 billion to the UK economy - pretty impressive, but of the 1.2 million businesses we ladies set up between 2002 and 2015, only a third were set up by women. However, despite a strong growth in female entrepreneurship overall since 2009, the number of women setting up a business in the UK still lags behind countries such as Canada and the US, costing the UK economy £1bn a year.*  

If the UK sustained 2012's level of female entrepreneurship growth in subsequent years to reach the levels of its commonwealth counterpart Canada, the UK economy would have enjoyed an additional £1.35bn boost in 2015.

I've certainly noticed that there's been a huge surge in female-founded beauty brands during the 11 years Balance Me has been in business. However I'm not surprised to learn we're so far behind our global sisters. I don't think our industry is championed enough in the UK even though we employed over one million people (men and women) and contributed over £17 billion to the UK economy in 2015 alone. I believe the industry, as well as women in general would benefit from more support from the government to help to de-mystify the scary parts of setting up and running a business. 

As part of our #wowwomen month, Clare and I are: 

  • Speaking @gdst events #jobsforgirls to share my beauty career journey from Paris to London
  • Supporting the 'Trust in Fashion' children's fundraising efforts of @rainbowtrustcc  
  • Celebrating #iwd2017 with @bazaaruk @Natwest @alicemadethis and a host of hugely inspiring powerful business women on 15 March #hamyardhotel 
  • Treating @Marieclaireuk readers on 21 March to an evening of #naturalskincare solutions
  • Inspiring a host of up and coming entrepreneurs @hostbarnabas on 22 March.

It's a busy month but so inspirational as it reminds us how exciting our own journey has been from kitchen table to international natural beauty brand.

 

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