New research from Duport.co.uk reveals female director appointments rose to a record level during the first quarter of the year in Oldham. Between January and March, 35% of director appointments were female - more than any other Q1 on record for the area.
While economists talked fearfully of a triple-dip recession in 2012, Coventry was quietly racking up net company growth almost equalling that of booming 2006.
New research from Duport.co.uk reveals that net company growth in Kingston Upon Thames dipped during the first three months of the year.
Data from the Duport Business Confidence Report has shown that during the first half of the year, Newbury was well ahead of the UK as a whole in terms of numbers of female directors. During this period, 30.3% of director appointments were female, compared to a UK average of 23.4%.
Since 2003, half year statistics for female directors in Newbury have been far from constant. Numbers of women appointed as directors dipped sharply in 2006 and 2010, but since then have been rising.
When the UK Government's first national strategy for women's enterprise was published in 2003, it was estimated that women constituted around 27% of self-employed people in the UK, and that only 12% of businesses were majority-owned by women. By 2009, women made up 29% of the self-employed workers in the UK and 15% of UK business enterprises were majority-led by women.
Managing Director of Duport.co.uk, Peter Valaitis said:
"The recent economic conditions have been particularly hard on women, so it's no surprise that more women are taking the helm and forming their own companies. Such entrepreneurial spirit, from both men and women, is a good sign for the economy of Newbury."
More information on business statistics for Newbury can be found at http://www.duport.co.uk/newbury.
Duport Business Confidence Reports are generated and released by Duport Associates Ltd. The data contained in these reports is assimilated and analysed by Duport using public record data from sources including Companies House, Office for National Statistics and Ordnance Survey. Duport Associates Ltd is a leading UK company formation agent, established in 1997 and registering around 10,000 new companies each year through its Companies House approved software.