Top talks held in Downing Street

The FSB group visiting Downing Street with Anisha, second left
The FSB group visiting Downing Street with Anisha, second left
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A Lancashire businesswoman was part of a delegation of Federation of Small Businesses members invited to 10 Downing Street to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities in business.

Senior advisors from Prime Minister David Cameron’s team heard about how the Government can encourage more women to set up and grow their own businesses from those with first-hand experience.

Among the delegation was Preston-based Anisha Hansrod, FSB member and owner of Ecomo UK.

Members discussed the need for a greater range of female small business role models and mentors, easier access to alternative finance and more tailored business support focused on the specific challenges women face.

Another of the big issues highlighted by the members was around building confidence and peer support.

FSB will be exploring these issues in more depth in new research into women in business to be launched next year.

Gary Lovatt, Chairman of the FSB’s Lancashire & Cumbria Region, said: “Understanding the importance of diversity and getting more women into business is critical for a dynamic and vibrant small business sector.”

Anisha said: “I was delighted to be part of the FSB team given the chance to express my views directly at 10 Downing Street. It’s important that every government department, public agency, local authority and LEP understands what needs to be done to boost female entrepreneurship, from helping them to bid for contracts to tailored business support.”