The case for a woman’s enterprise centre in Northern Ireland

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There is a plethora of assistance available for nascent entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland (NI). However, much of this assistance is generic or reflects gender stereotypes and therefore does not address the specific needs of female entrepreneurs. Research was undertaken to identify the level of enterprise support currently available for female entrepreneurs and to assess the potential role of women enterprise centres in supporting and developing female entrepreneurs in N.I. Benchmarking site visits to other provision elsewhere in the UK was used to underpin the research gathered from questionnaires and focus groups with N.I. based entrepreneurs. Findings would indicate that there is a need for female specific assistance in N.I. The continuing development of female entrepreneurs requires bespoke thinking and assistance, a ‘one size fits all’ approach to enterprise development is not appropriate as there are fundamental issues which impact upon females starting their own business.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen into business in Northern Ireland: Opportunities and challenges
EditorsJoan Ballantine, Pauric McGowan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-1-85923-275-0
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2018


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