In Perspective Gender and enterprise: The use of entrepreneurship support organisations by men and women

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Gilfillan, C. and Jones, A. In Perspective Gender and enterprise: The use of entrepreneurship support organisations by men and women. Local Economy. 38 (3). https://doi.org/10.1177/02690942231202222
AuthorsGilfillan, C. and Jones, A.
Abstract

This In Perspective paper reflects on the use by men and women of entrepreneurship support organisations (ESOs). It arose through an inquiry conducted in partnership by London South Bank University and Shared Enterprise, the latter being an ESO based in London. As part of the inquiry, a small number of other ESOs in London were interviewed, who revealed that the majority of their participants were women, although the gender imbalance is not as extreme as is the case with Shared Enterprise. On the other hand, far more enterprises in Britain are led by men than are led by women. According to the Longitudinal Small Business Survey (LSBS) only 20 per cent of very small businesses (no employees) were led by women, and 60 per cent were led solely by a man. A similar proportion – 19 per cent - of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with employees were defined as led by women. A combination of interviews with Shared Enterprise participants and a desk review leads to a (tentative) solution to this seemingly puzzling paradox: women who aspire to entrepreneurship use ESOs more than men because they need them more.

KeywordsEnterprise, Entrepreneurship support organisations, Female entrepreneurship, Gender and enterprise, Small businesses
JournalLocal Economy
Journal citation38 (3)
PublisherSage
ISSN1470-9325
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/02690942231202222
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/02690942231202222
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Print15 Sep 2023
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Accepted04 Sep 2023
Deposited04 Oct 2023
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