The Women's Enterprise Task Force (2006-2009)
The Women's Enterprise Task Force (WETF) was established as a
national body championing women's enterprise. It was set up by
Gordon Brown to increase the quantity, scalability and success of
women-owned businesses in the UK.
It focussed its work on five key areas in order to achieve a strong pipeline of high growth, women-led businesses: gender-disaggregated data, women-friendly business support, access to finance, supplier diversity and strategic influencing.
Despite women's businesses making up just 15% of UK business stock, women's enterprise already contributes c. £130 billion turnover and c. £70 billion gross value added (GVA) p.a. to the UK economy. Imagine what women entrepreneurs could do if they were enabled to participate in enterprise at the same rate as their male counterparts.
Pam Alexander, co-Chair, WETF and Chief Executive, South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
Glenda Stone, co-Chair, WETF and Chief Executive, Aurora
Minutes of all WETF meetings can be found here.
Greater Return On Women's Enterprise (GROWE). The Women's Enterprise Task Force has produced its final report and recommendations. The report was formally launched at the WETF's final event on Women's Enterprise Day, 18 November. Please click here for the press release.
Access to Finance. The WETF hosted a roundtable discussion on women's access to finance. Please click here for information on the Aspire women's co-investment fund, or here to find out more about the benefits of Business Angel Investing.
Free business support for women. Please click here for women-friendly business support, which is accessible via Business Link.