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Happy International Women’s Day!

8th March 2019 By Katy Ford in Current Affairs


It's official: women wanting to start their own businesses face unfair barriers. Here’s how you can help break this tradition...

It is now widely accepted that there is a need to tackle gender inequality when it comes to accessing business finance in the UK. Today’s Rose Review, commissioned by the Treasury, has, for the first time, demonstrated the scale of barriers facing women who want to start their own businesses.

Foundation East has an outstanding record of lending to women. So, we’re one step ahead of the mainstream banks and investment funds, who, today, are being urged to sign up to a new Investing in Women Code and track the amount of funding they give to female entrepreneurs.

And the women we have helped to set up and grow their businesses are one step ahead of less fortunate female entrepreneurs in other parts of the UK who have not been able to access responsible finance.

So, today, on International Women’s Day, we would like to salute them. We also want to tell mainstream finance companies that investing in female entrepreneurs pays. We’ve been doing it for 15 years.

If you want to make a difference to the gender imbalance in accessing business finance in the UK, we’ve a few calls to action for you too.


  • Get involved in the Telegraph’s Women Mean Business campaign, calling for the government to do more to support females wishing to access business funding
  • Watch and share our new animation on the benefits of investing in our CITR shares
  • Read our new investment prospectus and Invest.

  • About the Author
    Katy Ford

    Katy Ford

    Katy’s knowledge of community finance is extensive, having worked for Foundation East since its inception in 2004. She is recognised locally as an influential business leader by the Suffolk 100 and nationally, as a founding member of AskIf, an online network of community-based lenders. Previous to moving across to community finance, Katy was the treasury manager for a large insurance company. She also has experience as a SME owner, having run a small hotel.

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