Sheffield and Manchester are the joint worst cities in Britain to be a female entrepreneur, according to a new survey.
The study of women in business, carried out by research company Reckless on behalf of the domestic cleaning firm Well-Polished, surveyed 1,000 female entrepreneurs in 19 UK cities.
Sheffield comes joint bottom with an average score of 4.9 out of 10, alongside Manchester, while Leeds comes in joint third, alongside London and Brighton, with an average score of 5.7.
Overall, Yorkshire and the Humber came joint bottom out of all the UK regions with a score of just 5.3 out of 10 in the survey. It shares the bottom slot with the North East and Scotland.
The survey says that for women, the results of the Northern Powerhouse project are yet to be seen. It added there is a “clear divide” between the opportunities on offer in the North and South of the UK.
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, and Louisa Harrison-Walker, chairman of Sheffield Chamber Council, both expressed their disappointment at the findings.
Mr Wright said: “As a chamber, we have made strides with our first two women presidents within the last five years, as well as our first chair of chamber council and our first female executive director but clearly more needs to be done to encourage wider participation by women in the business community.”
Ms Harrison-Walker added that it was "difficult and disappointing to believe that we perform the worst in the country for female entrepreneurs."