Edinburgh Top of the List for Female Entrepreneurship

By Burley, Hannah | The Scotsman, October 26, 2018 | Go to article overview

Edinburgh Top of the List for Female Entrepreneurship


Burley, Hannah, The Scotsman


More women in Edinburgh run their own business than any other mainland Scottish local authority area, but rural regions lead the way with the highest levels of female entrepreneurship, according to new research.

Analysis of Office for National Statistics figures released today by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows there are 9,700 women who work for themselves in the capital, almost a third more than in Glasgow, which has 7,400 self-employed women.

Proportionally, rural Scotland boasts the highest levels of female entrepreneurs, with more than one in ten working age women running their own business in Moray (10.5 per cent) and Dumfries and Galloway (10.4 per cent), the largest shares of any mainland council.

The equivalent figure is 8.6 per cent in Aberdeenshire, 8.3 per cent in Argyll and Bute, and 8.1 per cent in Angus, while the Scottish average is just 5.4 per cent.

There are a total of 94,900 self-employed women north of the Border, but Scottish men are still almost twice as likely to be their own boss than their female counterparts, with 183,300 working on a selfemployed basis, said the FSB. Pearl Hamilton, a Moraybased business owner and member of FSB's Scotland policy unit, said: "Female entrepreneurship is far higher in rural Scotland than in our cities. That's not only because people move out to the country to start up, but also large private and public employers are few and far between in many rural areas. …

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