FSB Women in Business Campaign

Date: Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Chesterfield Based business owner Melanie Ulyatt MBE will meet with key policy makers at Number 10 Downing Street this week to talk about how the government can encourage more women to set up and grow their own business.

Melanie, who is Managing Director of Hasland based Domiciliary care services provider, One to One Support Services, will attend the roundtable meeting with the Number 10 Diversity Policy Chairman representing the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to outline how policy reform as part of the (D2N2) Devolution process can support women to overcome what is described as the ‘Double Burdon’ of balancing growing a business, with the demands of family life.

Currently only 20 per cent of small businesses in the UK are majority female owned, compared to 52 percent owned by male counterparts. Representatives of the campaign will make the most of the meeting by presenting suggestions and initiatives that could help reduce the gap and encourage more women to get into business.

Of the roundtable meeting, Melanie say’s “Around 150,000 companies owned by woman close down every year in the United Kingdom, with many citing ‘personal reasons’ as the motivation behind their decision. I truly believe that reform in policies and regional support systems as part of the devolution process can better support women, empowering them to take on the dual roles of successful business ownership and enjoying a stable and enriching family life. Women should never have to choose between one and the other”

“The FSB Women in Business campaign is bringing this issue to the top of the policy agenda and 10 Downing Street is the exactly the place to come to if you truly want to make a difference and have your voice heard, It was an incredible experience.”

Some photos from the event: https://www.facebook.com/pg/OneToOneSupport/photos/?tab=album&album_id=902894543140583

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