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Meg praises Yorkshire women in business

Friday, February 14, 2003

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley and the DTI"s Small Business Sponsor for the North of England, has spoken in Parliament of the success of Yorkshire women in business.

On February 13th 2003, Meg asked Patricia Hewitt (Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Minister for Women) a question about women entrepreneurs, praised Yorkshire company diva in particular and then expressed her wish that a new government strategy should take its lead from Yorkshire businesswomen.

The text of the debate is below

Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley): What progress has been made towards creating a strategy for increasing the number of women entrepreneurs

The Minister for Women (Ms Patricia Hewitt): As my hon. Friend the Minister for E-Commerce and Competitiveness said a few minutes ago, a national strategic framework on women"s enterprise has been produced by the Small Business Service and is currently out for consultation. This strategy, which will be launched in April, will strengthen business support for women who want to start and grow a business.

Ms Munn : I thank my right hon. Friend for her answer. Will she take this opportunity to congratulate Yorkshire women, who are not only the most ntrepreneurial women in the country but are more entrepreneurial than Yorkshire men? Are there lessons to be learned from Yorkshire women"s businesses, such as the Sheffield-based public relations company, diva, which recently won three awards, that could be included in the Government"s strategy?

Ms Hewitt: I readily congratulate Yorkshire women generally, and diva in particular, which is a business that I know, on their great entrepreneurial success. I also congratulate my colleagues in business links, in south and west Yorkshire, who are developing successful networks of women entrepreneurs. The fact remains that if we could get women in the rest of the country to set up new businesses at the same rate as men, we would have an extra 100,000 new businesses in Britain every year.


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