UK businesses need to encourage more women into the information security industry, according to GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan.
He called for more women to be recruited into cyber security after the latest Global Information Security Workforce Study showed that the infosec industry has the lowest proportion of women at just 8 per cent.
A national campaign that is led by British businesses and aims to end discrimination of pregnant women and mothers in the workplace is celebrating reaching 100 members.
Pet care retailer Pets at Home has become the latest business to join the Working Forward campaign, which focuses on making employers aware of the best ways in which they can attract, develop and retain women at work and provide them with a better workplace.
Facebook has partnered up with Enterprise Nation in order to provide support to female business owners across the UK.
The partnership is part of Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness initiative. The initiative aims to provide 10,000 female business owners with training to help them to learn the digital skills that they need to boost their business.
A business pitch competition has been launched to give female entrepreneurs in Scotland the opportunity to secure angel investment.
Organised by Investing Women, and in its second year, the AccelerateHER competition is open to female entrepreneur-led businesses throughout Scotland and is the only pitch competition for women in the country.
The number of female inventors is on the rise, with an increase of 60% worldwide since 2000, according to research from the Intellectual Property Office.
The research showed that the number of female inventors in the UK has risen by 16% over the past ten years, with Taylor Wessing’s Global Intellectual Property Index recently naming the UK as the best place in the world to patent.
Over 20 female finalists for this year’s NatWest everywoman Awards have been announced. The awards, which is in its 14th year, celebrate the success of female entrepreneurs in Britain, from women who are running an early-stage business to those who own a more established organisation.
This year’s finalists are from a diverse range of industries, including design, technology, professional services and manufacturing, and were selected for their drive, their appetite for risk and their focus on growing their business.
The UK’s first ever crowdfunding platform to support female entrepreneurs has been launched to help tackle the funding gap between female-led and male-led companies.
Launched by Love Home Swap Founder Debbie Wosskow OBE and Hearst Magazines UK CEO Anna Jones, London-based platform AllBright Crowd aims to discover and fund the best female entrepreneurs in the UK and will invest in start-ups, seed stage businesses and established companies.
Over 80 per cent of female business owners say that they would recommend that other women set up their own business, as said by the Women-owned Micro Businesses Trend Report from Vistaprint.
The report surveyed 1,200 female entrepreneurs from the UK and US, and revealed that respondents are confident about their business, with over 50 per cent expecting their enterprise to financially improve this year.
Women make up nearly a third of all self-employed, according to research from insurance company Towergate.
The amount of women in self-employment has risen significantly over the past eight years, increasing by 40 per cent, compared to a 13 per cent increase in the total of self-employed men over the same period.
Gender diversity is fast becoming a business priority in the UK, with large businesses taking measures to recruit and nurture more female employees in senior positions.
Armstrong Craven, a talent mapping and pipelining company that operates globally, has stated that recent research conducted by a UK university shows that less than 6 per cent of women have made it to the top post of executive director. The company also points out that the research found that just 5.6 per cent of executive directors in FTSE250 companies are female. Armstrong Craven believes that these figures indicate that organisations and businesses still need to work harder to ensure that more women occupy senior and top positions.
A campaign has been launched to help provide more support for female entrepreneurs. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is aiming to increase the number of women in business and has called for the UK and Welsh Government to provide more support and better access to finance.
According to the UK Government, providing more support for female entrepreneurs could help to boost the economy by £600 billion.