Sheffield’s female entrepreneurs focus on training and growth

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More than a third of female business owners and leaders in Sheffield have ambitious goals in 2015.

While hiring is top of the 2015 agenda nationwide for women entrepreneurs according to a survey of 1,000 UK businesswomen on behalf of the Business is GREAT Britain campaign, businesswomen in this city are focussed on growth from within. Locally, 17% of women bosses rank training the workforce as their main goal, followed by applying for finance (16%) and taking on an apprentice or trainee (13%).

As part of the Business is GREAT Britain campaign, the Government is highlighting the organisations, networks and government sources of advice and resources that can help women develop their business.

It is also showcasing the 2015 business resolutions of the UK’s most successful and inspirational female entrepreneurs and leaders. Anne Wilson, MD of Balaclava Road based Numill Engineering, a machinery and tool reclamation firm now trading internationally, is one of them.

“I have a big push planned to grow the business and strengthen our market position globally,” said Anne.

“It has been vital to train our own talent in our industry, and this continues to be a big focus for us in 2015.”

To help UK businesswomen achieve their ambitions for the coming year, the Government has created a Women in Enterprise hub which houses advice and information on everything from business mentoring schemes to available funding and a guide to flexible working.

Minister for Women and Equalities and Minister for Business Jo Swinson said: “Supporting women entrepreneurs is vital if we are to build both a stronger economy and a fairer society. There are more women-led businesses in the UK than ever before.

“If women were setting up and running new businesses at the same rate as men, our economy could benefit from one million more entrepreneurs.”

Follow the hashtag #MyGREATgoal to find out more about the ambitions of UK female entrepreneurs.