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International Handbook of Women and Small Business Entrepreneurship

Edited by Sandra L. Fielden and Marilyn J. Davidson

The number of women entering small business ownership has increased significantly across the world in recent years. These women make a crucial contribution to the economic growth and development of local, national and global economies. Yet, despite their increasing numbers, they have received comparatively little attention from the academic community. This comprehensive and coherent book redresses the balance and provides an up-to-date, theoretical review of this important area of study. A distinguished group of international contributors presents the latest work from the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore, which explores practical initiatives and strategies related to the experiences of women entering small business entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 10: The Experiences of Asian Women Entering Business Start-up in the UK

Adel J. Dawe and Sandra L. Fielden


Adel J. Dawe and Sandra L. Fielden Introduction This chapter examines the experiences of United Kingdom (UK) Asian women entering into micro and small business ownership and examines some of the barriers faced by Asian women in the pursuit of business ownership. In doing so, it is essential to recognize the motivational factors accountable for business start-ups, the barriers faced during the initialization stages of trading, and the advice and assistance that is available for new businesses. The locality of the potential and existing business owners considered in this chapter is the Northwest of England, which has a long tradition of working women. Yet despite this, the general uptake of women in self-employment and business is below the national average. The UK Labour Force Survey (2000) reports that 70 000 women were registered as self-employed in the Northwest, compared to the South East where 149 000 women were registered as self-employed. In the locality, manufacturing is still largely the backbone of the local economy, accounting for over 20 per cent of the total employment in the area. Manufacturing is responsible for 16 per cent of the VAT registered companies in the borough compared to the national average of 10 per cent (Labour Force Survey, 2000). Industries forecasted as potential areas for growth, include monetary or blue chip companies, are mostly concentrated in the Southeast sector of England which has witnessed a dramatic rise in growth industries in recent years. During the 1960s and early 1970s the Northwest of England attracted...

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