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Saturday, 25 October 2014

I am aware Government has committed and taken a series of actions to address the barriers faced by women and girls in the labour market and in business. Maria Miller MP previously made changes to support the needs of women in modern Britain from introducing shared parental leave, further attractive flexible working patterns and encouraging families to take these opportunities to extend requests working to all. Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan MP is taking this further.

On Friday 24th October, the Conservative Party Women reception hosted by Anna Soubry MP and supported by the Conservative Party Women's Organisation and Women2Win, invited women candidates to their reception reminding all of the work and contributions women play in political life and the economy. 
Women Candidates Reception 



George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer was the key note speaker along with Baroness Tina Stowell and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan MP. They highlighted women and the contributions we make, the encouragement to take matters forward and to stay involved in political activity. It is also correct, the business sphere is forever changing, more women want to start their own business ventures, coming up with plans and taking full advantage.

Baroness Tina Stowell, Nicky Morgan MP, George Osborne 
I am pleased to see action taken, a new Government on line resource website launched for women to encourage their business ideas and turn them to reality and grow their businesses. The link highlights the Business is GREAT: Women in Enterprise webpage;


As the most important task facing the current Government is to still build a stronger, fairer economy capable of delivering lasting growth and widely shared prosperity. It can only be tackled by enhancing its prospects for women. 
Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan MP and Parveen Hassan 

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer wants women to excel; to see nearly 500,000 more women in the workplace by the beginning of 2016, which would allow the UK to match the female employment rate in Germany. This is something to celebrate, as women are leading the way as entrepreneurs.

I have seen many female women start ups and considered jumping on the opportunity too, the online material accessible, and allow freedom to work on line is immense, if there is an apptetite for the idea and a market, it is achievable.

Previously, the Women Business Council (WBC) created the platform, advising on how to better support women in the economy. The facts outlined in their 2013 report found; 

“By equalising labour force participation rates of men and women, the UK could increase economic growth by 0.5 percentage points per year, with a potential gain of 10% of GDP by 2030. If women started businesses at the same rate as men we could have an extra one million female entrepreneurs.” 
Parveen & George Osborne 

The figures of women wanting to do more and indpendently; 

“There are over 2.4 million women who are not in work but want to work, and over 1.3 million women who want to work more hours.”

The report went on to make four specific recommendations for Government and business in four key areas: 

“Starting Out”, supporting girls and young women in the education system and supporting their transition into the labour market or into enterprise.
• “Getting On”, where women are looking to capitalise on the progress they have made, either by securing their positions or by looking to move into more senior and managerial roles, but where their careers may be interrupted by caring responsibilities.
• “Staying On”, ensuring the skills and experiences of older women are not lost to the economy.
• “Enterprise”, where there is huge untapped potential amongst women.

Further discussion highlighted in the Telegraph as the Chancellor George Osborne is touring the country finding out what women really want and doing when it comes to businesses, start ups and growth; 



So as George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer learns from the best, I say, let us encourage him to keep listening to us. Every women matters. 



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