I started up a business from a bedsit and turned it into the world’s biggest gap year
(PRWEB UK) 8 March 2012
Leeds University Business School celebrates International Women’s Day 2012 with alumna and entrepreneur Deirdre Bounds, along with philanthropist and entrepreneur Dawn Gibbins MBE; fashion entrepreneur Michelle Mone OBE and author and TV presenter Annabel Karmel MBE, who share their stories, challenges and advice for the next generation of budding female entrepreneurs.
The proportion of female directors in FTSE 100 companies has reached 15 per cent (Engage Research, February 2012), a figure that has increased due to recent government initiatives and support, with several senior cabinet ministers including David Cameron supporting a push to reach a 25 per cent female representation in director positions in FTSE 100 companies by 2015.
Despite this, Government statistics show that women are being disproportionately affected by the recession, with women making up two thirds of the recent increase in those claiming unemployment benefit, making the appeal of entrepreneurial ventures perhaps even more prevalent in unemployed women.
At the foundation of economic prosperity is entrepreneurial drive and ambition, and with unemployment at its highest point for almost two decades, a "do it yourself" approach seems to be increasingly appealing.
With this in mind, our entrepreneurs shared their stories, challenges and advice for the next generation of budding female entrepreneurs.
For the full question responses and to read how these entrepreneurial women became the successes they are today, please visit our International Women’s Day page.
Notes To Editor
For further information about our featured entrepreneurs, as well as to find out about
their latest appearances and business ventures please visit the following websites.
Annabel Karmel: http://www.annabelkarmel.com/
Dawn Gibbins: http://www.dawngibbins.com/
Michelle Mone: http://www.michellemone.com/