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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2021, Yvonne Greeves, director of women in business at the bank, discusses the practical support available to women at every stage of their business journey.

Last updated: 05 Mar 2021 2 min read

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Ncheta Dasilva of Zola Eve (left); and Yvonne Greeves, director of women in business at the bank. © Getty Images

Every business in every industry has had to adapt in some way to the challenges of life during a pandemic. And though we may now be on the road to recovery, our ability to harness this continued change for good is crucial.

The women’s advocacy organisation Close The Gap says the coronavirus crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women. Not only do they make up the majority of key workers, their businesses are often in sectors that might see a greater impact from coronavirus, including food services and retail sectors. At the same time, women entrepreneurs have spoken out about facing additional challenges related to juggling family priorities while constantly looking for innovative ways to pivot their business models.

In March 2019, the Rose Review into female entrepreneurship identified access to funding, risk awareness, primary care responsibilities and perception of skills among the barriers to female entrepreneurs in the UK. Two years on from the initial review, the bank’s CEO and the review’s author, Alison Rose, described the progress made as “just the beginning”. As we begin to enter a period of recovery, there is even more work to be done to ensure the coronavirus crisis doesn’t set female entrepreneurship back.

So, this International Women’s Day, we want to not only celebrate female-led businesses, but take this opportunity to tackle long-standing challenges for female entrepreneurs head-on.

Below, you will hear from successful business leaders about their own experiences breaking down barriers, alongside a selection of useful insights and resources to help you take your own business forward.

#IWD2021: female entrepreneurship today

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Essential skills and overcoming obstacles

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Equality in the workplace

The current landscape and the road ahead

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