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Growth Works hosts roundtable discussion on gender bias in high-growth economy

Written by Growth Works

In celebration of International Women’s Day next week, we are hosting an online panel discussion examining gender inclusivity within the UK’s high-growth ecosystem, on Thursday 10 March at 12pm.

Topics of discussion will include female leadership in underrepresented industries, the benefits of gender diversity within the workplace, the sustained imbalance of equity backed female-founded businesses as well as low percentage of women investing in growth ambitious businesses.

The panel – featuring existing Growth Works clients – will include:

  • Amy Charbonneau, Xampla
  • Hannah Cox, HC Technical Coatings
  • Bev Hurley CBE, YTKO Group
  • Kiran Kapur, Cambridge Marketing College
  • Margo Leftly, Positive Futures Recruitment

According to research conducted by Beauhurst and Newable in 2019 – despite progression being made, only 25% of the UK’s high growth companies had a female founder, many of which were relatively younger businesses. And though equity deals secured by teams with a female founder had increased, the proportion of pounds invested into female-founded business had declined to 9%.

Since launching in June 2021, we have supported over 300 entrepreneurial women and business leaders with fully funded strategic support to help accelerate their business growth.

Faye Holland, of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board, said:

“The Business Board is helping to break down all kinds of barriers for people to start and drive forward exciting, high growth businesses. Tackling gender bias is an important part of making our economy work better for more people. This timely roundtable builds on other events and work the Growth Works service is doing to improve gender inclusivity in our economy and its high growth businesses.

That means doing what we can to tackle any barriers to entry and make access to entrepreneurship as inclusive as we can. Addressing the current gender gap is a step in that direction and these programmes will aim to get to the root of why we don’t have more women starting amazing businesses that create prosperity and jobs for the region.”

To watch the full roundtable discussion, visit our resources page. View all our upcoming events are also available on our What’s On page.


Written by Growth Works, Editorial team
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