New policies demanded

Call for support to save women-led enterprises

Anne Meikle: ‘women are deprived of vital support’

Government support for the economy has failed to recognise the additional impact that the lockdown has had on women who face losing their jobs and businesses, according to a new report.

The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group (WEPG) says there few support packages relevant for self-employed women or for women-owned businesses.

In a new report the group warns that some of the progress that has been made for working women will be lost in the wake of the pandemic.

It notes that the Scottish government had already postponed commitments to extend early years childcare.

The ‘Framework of Policy Actions to Build Back Better for Women’s Enterprise’ aims to address the gaps in COVID-19 enterprise support for women and comes as Scottish schools start to re-open.

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The report outlines how current policies have “failed to reflect the extra challenges that women entrepreneurs face – including childcare responsibilities, gender bias and access to finance – and how UK and devolved Governments have failed to introduce measures to facilitate their survival and growth.”

The WEPG is a national coalition of leading women entrepreneurs, researchers, business support providers and social entrepreneurs from across the UK.

The group develops policy calls based on the latest evidence and years of experience supporting women’s enterprise creation and growth. Scotland is represented in the Group by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, rural enterprise experts GrowBiz and social enterprise Radiant and Brighter.

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