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Firms bidding for UK government contracts should hand over gender quota data

Margi Murphy | Feb. 23, 2015
Get suppliers to say how many women they employ so government can use the data to nurture diversity.

Technology firms like Accenture also assisted in the report, alongside the EEF - a manufacturing body - and the British Banking Association.

The government has shown a commitment to women's entrepreneurship by appointing an ambassador and adding a dedicated page on the Great Business website. Tax-free childcare, employment allowance, shared parental leave have eased the burden for mothers in business.

However, the latest figures quoted in the report show that only a fifth of firms are owned by women.

"Women's entrepreneurship is a huge potential growth area which will benefit from increased government attention", Burt added.

 

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