In recent years, female employment has rarely stayed out of the news. Damning statistics about gender pay gaps and underrepresentation in the workplace have dominated the headlines of late, giving the impression that women and business just don’t go.
However, dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that, actually, women are really making waves in the business world. While the economic crash in 2008 resulted in job losses and company closures, it also saw the number of women starting up businesses steadily rise. Between 2008 and 2011 women accounted for an unprecedented 80% of the newly self-employed. 20 years ago, fewer than 650,000 women were self-employed – now there are more than 950,000 in the UK.
In Tunbridge Wells, hundreds of women are now running businesses across the town. From fashion styling to fitness and everything in between, the area buzzes with creativity and entrepreneurial skill. The high calibre and variety of networking groups we have in the area also provides essential support for women in business – whether they’re mums looking to get back to work, or women with creative new ideas looking for a platform to launch, the town definitely has something for everyone.
To celebrate successful women in business, we caught up with 11 local high-flying ladies from a broad range of companies to discover what makes them tick…
Read the full feature here.