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Women-led businesses are 'driving force' of UK economy

In a global first, new analysis - based on open-government and LinkedIn data-sets - reveals how companies led by women grow, perform and rank - identifying the fastest-growing and most dynamic women-led businesses across the UK. Women-led businesses are 'driving force' of UK economy

762women-led companies 1M - 250 Million are expanding at a Median Growth Rate of

30%a year

Contributing nearly 2 billion moreto GDP in last year!

Cumulative Revenue7,156,288,3648,864,226,4041,707,725,675

Average turnover up by more than 2 Million in last year!

Average Revenue per women-led company9,631,61311,930,3182,298,419Median Revenue2,171,4673,236,190881,593

453are growing at

20%a yearof these:


are growing at

50%a yearand

the proportion of women led-businesses increasesas the size of the businesses increases&as the growth rate of the businesses increases, compared to businesses overall.

11% of businesses are women-led

Growing tech companies Run by Women - Turnover

Turnover Growth (GBP) vs Growth Rate (%)

Turnover in the last year vs Turnover Growth (GBP)

Tech SectorAccounts for 67% of women-led businesses


grow at 20%per annum188

grow at 50%per annum

Management Consulting growth

Events Services growth

Internet growth

Sector diversity in women-led businesses is strongPR & Comms growth


National GrowthFast-growing women-led companies present in all regions of the UK68% headquartered outside London

Scottish women-led companies are growing revenues at a median annual rate of 30%

National GrowthGreater London leads the way with 273 women-led businesses (44 in Camden).Beyond London:Leeds is a stand out city with 43 women-led companies, Enterprise M3 and the South East, home to 29 women-led companies eachGreater Birmingham and Solent with 25 each.

National Growth across sectorsFood & Drink,EdinburghInformation Technology, LondonStaffing & recruitment, London

Manufacturing, Cambridge

Advertising Technology,London


South East

Enterprise M3




Greater Manchester



Household names:

We have been long and vocal advocates of building a diverse economy; one constructed on a foundation of vibrant SMEs led by, and employing, as diverse a cross-section of the public as possible.

As a community, we must continue to do more to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurism in young people across the country, to help create the next generation of British founders and business leaders.

Supporters & Contributors

Xavier Rolet, CEOI am delighted that we now have the ability to identify and track the growth of female led businesses as a result of the UK governments open data policy.

This report confirms that women-led business leadership contributes immensely to growth and innovation right across the UK and I commend these women and their organisations for making a significant impact on our economy.

Baroness Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security

Supporters & Contributors

Jacqueline de Rojas, ChairI am encouraged to see women in leadership positions all across the UK.

If we are to ensure economic growth, Women, no matter where they live, must have the opportunity to take on senior roles. Job creation is not and must not be limited to London. We need to drive productivity right across the UK.

We are delighted to celebrate these women who are making a major contribution to UK economic growth. I hope by literally, putting them on the map they will find it easier to find the talent to hire to fill all those orders their customers are placing with them.

I set up Founders4Schools to inspire young people to consider starting their own businesses. The fact that we now have 762 examples available to inspire the next generation of girls about the impact they can also have on the world is very exciting.

Sherry Coutu CBE, Chair & Author of the Scale up Report

Supporters & Contributors

Martha Lane Fox, FounderWhilst the data shows the tech sector accounts for (67 %) women-led businesses in the UK, there is so much more to be done.

If the UK is to leapfrog every other nation on this planet to become the most digital, most connected, most skilled and most informed on the planet - we urgently need to address the gender imbalance within the tech sector and ensure that our leaders, investors and entrepreneurs come from the widest pool of home-grown talent.

This amazing new open data from Founders4schools will support those brilliant women who are helping drive the UK economy and will enable us to foster the maximum breadth and depth of digital talent that the UK has to offer.

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