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PJEA Hopes to Close Gender Gap for Entrepreneurs

08.03.2013

Friday 8 March 2013 – The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education is on the hunt for aspiring young female entrepreneurs in Northamptonshire to unleash their potential and go for it in business.

Set against the backdrop of International Women’s Day, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is today launching a nationwide search for Britain’s budding female entrepreneurs.

With the current ratio of male: female students across the Academy network at 60:40, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education is calling on the young women of Northamptonshire to consider a career in business and help close the national gender gap.

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the Peter Jones Foundation, the organisation, which runs the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, commented:

“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 said:

“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.

International Women’s Day is an excellent showcase for all of the inspiring business women and shows the journey that we hope for all of our students.
Women such as Martha Lane Fox (lastminute.com), Karren Brady (Birmingham City) Marjorie Scardino (Pearson Group) and Laura Wade-Grey (Tesco.com), all named in the recent Telegraph’s ‘100 most powerful women in Britain: Business, Academia and Politics’ list, have demonstrated the success that our students could achieve.

For further information, please visit www.tresham.ac.uk/pjea

 

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