Entrepreneurial activity deliversemployment, economic growth andwealth and is an essential componentof a thriving economy.A key element of the government’sdrive to increase entrepreneurialactivity is supporting more womento become involved in business andbusiness start-up and unlocking theirwealth creating potential.
In recent years the Global EntrepreneurshipMonitor has shown an increase in women sparticipation in enterprise in Northern Ireland.However, a gap still remains between thenumber of men and women engaged inentrepreneurial activity, and women continueto be the largest under-represented group inenterprise in Northern Ireland.There is enormous benefit to be realised forour economy if more women are encouragedto maximise the use of their skills in an existingbusiness or new business start-up.Our research shows that inspiring role modelsdo play a crucial role in encouraging womento become entrepreneurs. As part of ourcontinued commitment to encourage greaterfemale entrepreneurship I am delighted tointroduce this booklet which provides a seriesof case studies profiling enterprising womenthroughout Northern Ireland.These women come from a varietyof backgrounds and are involved in a rangeof sectors, and each has a remarkable storyto tell. I would like to thank the womenfeatured in this booklet for being candidabout their experiences. I do hope thatother women will find their storiesmotivational and an inspiration to
Go for it
Rotha JohnstonDeputy ChairmanInvest Northern Ireland andBoard Member of the UK Women’sEnterprise Task Force