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Invest in Women Hub

A new information and guidance resource to help more women in the UK start and grow their own business

The Invest in Women Hub

Run by the Council for Investing in Female Entrepreneurs (CfIFE), the Invest in Women Hub – opens in new window is a one-stop-shop resource created to help the UK Government achieve its ambition of increasing the number of female entrepreneurs by almost 600,000 by 2030.

Working alongside other initiatives such as the Investing in Women Code, the Hub provides useful guidance and information for women on key topics such as:

tick in a circle  the practicalities of setting up and running a business

tick in a circle  where to access business finance

tick in a circle  how to balance work and motherhood/family life

tick in a circle  networking and where to find support


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CfIFE was set up following the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, commissioned by the Treasury and led by Alison Rose (CEO of NatWest Group), in 2019. Its members include a range of financial institutions, advisory services companies and government organisations.

British Business Bank is proud to be a member of CfIFE and play a role in helping to remove many of the barriers that women face when trying to start and grow a business in the UK.

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Did you know?

• Men in the UK are five times more likely than women to build a business with a turnover of £1 million or more

• Businesses launched by women receive 53% less capital than their male counterparts

• Women are twice as likely as men to mention family responsibilities as a barrier to starting a business

• For every 10 male entrepreneurs in the UK, there are fewer than five female entrepreneurs


Start Up Loans

At Start Up Loans, we have a long history of providing financial support to women who want to start and grow their own businesses.

We’re proud that nearly 40% of the loans we’ve approved – that’s almost 32,000 – have gone to female founders. By supporting the Invest in Women Hub, we hope to inspire and encourage more and more women to make entrepreneurship their careers.

More about the Invest in Women Hub

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Support for working mums

There’s no reason why mothers can’t start their own business. The Invest in Women Hub has a variety of resources around family support to help you manage your time and get your business off the ground.

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Covid 19 and Brexit support

If you’re a female entrepreneur and concerned about the impact Covid-19 and Brexit are having on your business, the Invest in Women Hub has some resources to guide you through these challenging times.

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Our success stories

Start Up Loans success stories

We’ve already backed thousands of businesses with our Start Up Loans. Read some of our success stories and find out how our support helped female business owners make their dreams a reality.

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Discover the resources available on the Invest in Women Hub 

Our essential guide to starting a business

Essential guide to starting a business

To help you make your business idea a reality, we’ve created this short guide with all the information you need to get started. It includes tips and advice on a wide range of topics that are important to consider when getting your start-up off the ground.

  • Conducting market research on customers and competitors
  • Choosing a company structure
  • Figuring out responsibilities for paying insurance and tax
  • Developing your business strategy and sales forecast
  • Writing your business plan
  • Analysing your strengths and weaknesses