The Covid-19 pandemic is now fully upon most of us. Depending on where you are in the world, you may well have already been dealing with the impacts of this new virus for a while now. However, for nations like the US and the UK, the novel coronavirus has only just begun to exert its effects on us.
Many people share a dream of eventually running their own business. Some people want to get creative in the kitchen and serve specialized dishes at a restaurant they own or open a salon for clients they've met over the years.
Since joining ‘Funding London’ ten years ago, Maggie has had an impressive track record of delivering results, in particular with her unwavering support for female-led companies. To date, Funding London has invested more than £68 million into 673 SMEs, secured £402 million in outside investment for small businesses, and created or safeguarded more than 6,435 jobs.
According to OECD, over 83% of educators in primary schools are female. For tertiary education, that percentage almost halves to 44%, whilst Higher Education is male dominated. Let’s take business schools for example: of 2018’s Financial Times ranking of global business schools, only 12 of the top 100 institutions had female deans, and the proportions of female board members, faculty and students stood at 24%, 26%, and 34% respectively.
But, the focus of this issue isn’t the pandemic. In light of International Woman’s Day, which already seems like a lifetime ago, SME News wanted to spotlight the work of women-owned companies who are driving industries and shifting paradigms. So, let us focus on something positive. Let’s look at the female pioneers and disruptors who are shaking the world of UK business and beyond.
You might have noticed that SME News has a new and improved look. Like many of our inclusions, we realise that, sometimes, it pays to drop the old in favour of the fresh, offering an injection of vitality when you need it most. After all, a new image, a rebrand, can be that crucial element to unlocking further growth: entering a different market segment, revitalising social media engagement or attracting more customer footfall. Whatever your industry, a strong brand is utterly essential.