Dare to be Different

Phoenix Funding – Background

Women are vital contributors to the UK economy and women owned business start ups are increasing year by year. In order to maintain this momentum and encourage more women to realise their potential in enterprise, it is widely accepted that enterprise support needs to be targeted, flexible, affordable and consistent.

In compiling this report we have looked at incubation in its broadest sense rather than focus solely on the provision of bricks and mortar facilities.

Incubation after all is a lengthy process that requires dedicated time and support, if the seed of an idea is to germinate into a successful and sustainable business.

The substance of this report reflects feedback from a return visit to GIG7, the women’s business incubator in Mannheim, Germany. Visits to Scotland and Wales were also selected because of their devolved status and achievements in supporting women’s enterprise.

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