Applications are now open for 2022’s f: Entrepreneur #ialso 100 campaign, which showcases and supports inspiring women running their own businesses. Delivered by Small Business Britain, it is encouraging “brilliant female entrepreneurs across the UK” to apply for the #ialso 100 before the deadline at the end of this month.
Each year the campaign features a phenomenal line-up of 100 female business owners, recognising the growing tide of women running businesses while also juggling responsibilities that support their peers and communities. Last year’s f: Entrepreneur #ialso 100 list included Mandy Errington, owner of DJV Boutique in Ipswich (pictured).
Research undertaken by the campaign earlier this year signalled a strong entrepreneurial outlook among women, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Almost one fifth (17 per cent) of women in the UK reported considering starting their own businesses, and two fifths (42 per cent) said they were motivated to turn a passion into a business.
The f : Entrepreneur campaign aims to profile and grow this trend by spotlighting role models to inspire all small businesses as well as offering skills training and networking opportunities with its large, vibrant community. Now in its fourth year, the impact of the campaign has grown year -on-year and it attracted a record number of applications for the 2020 #ialso100.
One such entrepreneur was Claudia Gwinnutt, founder of CIRCLA, who found the support offered by the community of women hugely benefited her business: “Running a business can be an extremely lonely and daunting experience, but being part of this extraordinary network of women has given me a space and network to share my journey,” she says. “Not only has it provided this connection, but it has also served as a platform to elevate myself as a leader and my business. What an honour to be part of this!”
Michelle Ovens CBE, who launched f-entrepreneur in 2017 and is also the founder of Small Business Britain, comments: ‘It is so inspiring to see female entrepreneurship flourishing so much in the UK today, despite the massive challenges of the last eighteen months. We started f:Entrepreneur to celebrate phenomenal women and support their success. It has become clear that amazing things happen when women come together to help each other. I’d encourage any woman running a small business in the UK today who has a fantastic story to tell, to get involved and put yourself forward.”
Applications for the f:Entrepreneur #ialso 100 are open until 30 September 2021 and it is free to enter: https://f-entrepreneur.com/fentrepreneur-100/