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Investing in Women

Please join us for our ‘Investing in Women’ webinar on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 at 12pm where we will hear from our amazing female panel on the future of female entrepreneurship in the UK.





 Wednesday, 24 March 2021


 12:00 - 13:30


 Free to attend

In January 2021 the number of women in full-time work reached an all-time high of 76.3% (being over 15.6 million women) yet only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is female. In research conducted by the British Business Bank on behalf of the Treasury back in 2019 it was revealed that just 1p in every £1 of venture funding goes to female led start-ups. Yet since 2016 self-employed women have made up the majority of the newly self-employed year on year. So what do these stats say about the future of female entrepreneurship in the UK? In the professions, there is a similar picture. Across larger law firms 55% of lawyers are women but only 29% of partners are women. In finance, although progress is being made, still only around 38% of senior roles are held by women. How can we move the needle a little faster?

The government’s ambition is to increase the number of female entrepreneurs by half by 2030, equivalent to nearly 600,000 additional female entrepreneurs – so in 2021 where are we as a country on realising that ambition? What can be done to help and support women generally to achieve their potential and for the UK to achieve gender parity? Two years on from the publication of the Alison Rose Review, we would like to bring together our various communities to discuss the progress combatting the disparities that exist between female and male entrepreneurs, making entrepreneurship more accessible to women, increasing funding access for women to start and grow businesses as well as addressing broader societal issues and unconscious bias that have created barriers for women generally.

Please join us for our ‘Investing in Women’ event on Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 12pm where we will look to answer some of these questions and hear from our amazing female panel featuring:

  • Sherry Coutu CBE (serial entrepreneur and angel investor, founder of Founders4Schools, Workfinder, and the Scaleup Institute, a non-executive member of The Royal Society, (Translation and Data Science Committees), Cambridge University (Finance Board), Raspberry Pi and the London Stock Exchange plc. Named most Influential Woman in UK IT 2017, Barclay's Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, Top 50 inspiring women in Europe by the Management Today and Top Entrepreneur contributing to 'Queen and Country' by Sunday Times Magazine))
  • Yvonne Greeves (Director of Women in Business for NatWest - Yvonne is responsible for the Women in Business Strategy across the UK working with key stakeholders and strategic partnerships both internally and externally across the UK. With over 400 externally trained and accredited WIB Specialists supporting female entrepreneurs to set up and scale their business Yvonne is responsible for the banks WIB targets and monitoring and reporting the data to the banks executives); and
  • Claire Rowe (Partner at Shoosmiths, Advisor to the Partnership and Shoosmiths’ first female former CEO for over a decade from 2009 to 2018);
  • to be chaired by Alex Bishop (Partner at Shoosmiths, National head of dispute resolution & litigation, first female co-head of Shoosmiths’ Birmingham Office, awarded the title ‘Inspiring Leader 2019’ at the BYPY Awards and listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2021).

Shoosmiths has consistently sought to promote women in business and support female entrepreneurship. We have done this through supporting various of our initiatives such as Women in Finance (supporting women in the financial services sector), InHerShoos (our women led networking initiative) and spHERe (our initiative supporting female founders and venture capitalists within the VC space) as well as signing up to committing to the social mobility pledge. We look forward to hosting these communities along with our wider clients and partners for this dynamic and thought-provoking event.


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