International Women’s Day

Today is international women’s day, celebrating the achievements that women have contributed. View our gallery of our successful female entrepreneurs.

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So with that in mind I thought why not focus on women who have taken the steps to become their own boss.

According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2014 women made up just under one third of the self-employed, a total of 1.4 million. Since 2009 the number of self-employed women has increased by 34%.

It is not hard to believe that the rate of self-employed women is increasing as here at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) the start up rate for our female clients stands at 43 per cent.

We have a team of experienced business advisers who help hundreds of people start their own business. With a success rate that outstrips the national average with over 75 per cent of businesses continuing to trade into their third year, it’s easy to see why those on the path to self-employment come to us.

The top three occupations for self-employed women nationally are cleaners, childminders, and hairdressers and barbers. We have supported a variety of businesses including a marketing agency, a coffee shop, a seamstress, a sports coach, a vintage furniture shop and a Spanish language teacher.

It would seem that women have never been in a stronger position to lead, change and shape the economic, social and political landscape. The 21st Century has seen a dramatic shift in traditional family dynamics and as a result women are more independent.

Entrepreneurship is hard for men and women alike but with the help of an experienced adviser offering practical support and advice your business can get off to the right start.

So if you find yourself with a business idea but don’t know where to turn please contact the BIC on 0191 516 6149 or email

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