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Mixed picture on equality in entrepreneurship

Businesses led by women contributed £3.51 billion to the economy and created 77,000 jobs in 2015, according to research by NatWest.

However, despite strong growth in female entrepreneurship in the UK since 2009, the number of women setting up businesses still lags behind countries such as Canada and the US.

The research, undertaken in partnership with Development Economics, found that the proportion of the UK’s female working population who had started a business almost doubled between 2009 and 2012, from 3.7 per cent to 7.1 per cent.

Since 2012, however, the figure has tailed off, falling each year.