Tresham calls for more female entrepreneurs

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An academy in the north of the county has marked International Women’s Day by calling for young female entrepreneurs to unleash their potential and go for it in business.

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, in our region based at Tresham College, has launched a nationwide search for Britain’s budding female entrepreneurs.

Females currently only make up 40 per cent of students across the Academy network at 60:40.

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the Peter Jones Foundation, the organisation, which runs the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, said: “Events like International Women’s Day remind us that while as a society we have come a long way, there is still plenty for us to do to ensure women are not under-represented.

“With just 29 per cent of the UK’s self-employed being women, we need to be doing more in Britain to help young women go for it in business.

“At the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy we are immensely proud of the impact we have had on young women across the country and there are some fantastic examples of successful female business leaders who have completed our courses. But there is still work to be done to ensure that women are given the best chances of success.
“That is why we are calling on the young women of Northamptonshire to unlock their hidden potential and realise their business ambitions.”

Angela Barton, Head of School for Business, Computing and Professional Studies at Tresham, added:

“Tresham’s new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy will be opening at our Kettering campus this September to help both young women and men to have the best possible start to running and owning their own businesses.”