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Men 'twice as likely' as women to set up their own business

Women made up more than 55 per cent of people who took up training on how to set up their own business last year.

MEN ARE MORE than twice as likely as women to set up their own business, according to new figures.

However, there has been a sharp rise in the number of women taking up entrepreneurial training courses around the country, suggesting that there could be an increase in the number of women taking the leap in the next few years.

The County and City Enterprise Boards, which provide supports to small businesses, said that women accounted for more than 55 per cent of business people who took part in training last year, which they said was a “substantial rise” on figures from just two years ago.

Ireland is like most other European countries in that there is a much higher rate of men than women starting their own firm.

Ireland’s Enterprise Boards are holding a Women’s Enterprise Day in a bid encourage women who are thinking of starting a business. “Our aim is to support the growing number of female entrepreneurs in Ireland who are running their own business,” said Eamon Ryan, the head of the organising committee. “National’s Women Enterprise Day is open to all female entrepreneurs who are interested in networking, hearing from role models and receiving mentoring.”

Enterprise Boards supported more than 16,000 female entrepreneurs last year.

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