Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`I Haven't Encountered Any Problems Because I'm a Woman'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`I Haven't Encountered Any Problems Because I'm a Woman'

Article excerpt

Madonna's doing it, Sarah Jessica Parker's doing it and one of the North-East's youngest businesswomen Carly Heddon is keen to help the region get back into the newly trendy world of knitting.

But the 17-year-old has found starting up her own business ( Glitter Box in Newburn ( was more difficult than she first imagined.

Because of her age she was unable to get any business support from either The Prince's Trust, which specialises in helping under 30-year-olds but not under-18s, or the Business Link network.

Instead she found help from credit union FIN, based at the Cruddas Park Shopping Centre in the West End of Newcastle. But she thinks the lack of business support she has encountered hasn't been down to her gender but her age.

She says: "I haven't encountered any problems because I'm a woman but every business event you go to is full of men. I went to a Business Network International event (a business referral organisation) and there was no women there at all but it doesn't bother me. …

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