Female entrepreneurs founded over 150,000 businesses in 2022 

The Rose Review 2023 highlights a doubling of the numbers since 2018

A record 151,603 businesses were founded by female entrepreneurs in 2022, according to the latest review by Alison Rose, NatWest Group Chief Executive. 

Despite economic uncertainty, the number of women founding businesses jumped from 145,271 in 2021. It was over double the number of female-led start-ups in 2018, setting a new high for female entrepreneurs. 

The review also found growth in female-led businesses during 2022, rising 16%. 

Sheila Flavell CBE, Chief Operating Officer for FDM Group, commented: “It is brilliant to see the increasing number of female entrepreneurs launching businesses in the UK and this continued rise will be at the centre of growing the business economy. The increase over the past year serves as a clear example of how further investment into female leaders can empower a more inclusive scope of businesses.” 

“The gender gap in business won’t be solved instantly, but continued progress is essential to creating a diverse and equal workplace. It is in the best interest of the UK to invest in female-led start-ups to boost the economy, tapping into female entrepreneurship, which provides inspirational leaders for underrepresented groups and future generations. The hope is that these numbers continue to rise significantly for 2023’s review.” 

The Rose Review provides an annual barometer of the disparity between female and male entrepreneurs, first commissioned in 2019 by HM Treasury based on a survey of business leaders, investors and academics.  

In response to the first review in 2019, the Government aims to increase the number of women launching companies by half by 2030, rising to nearly 600,000 female entrepreneurs. 

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