70 female business leaders are set to open the London Stock Exchange this morning in celebration of International Women’s Day, taking place this week.
After the opening, roundtables will be held to share insight and highlight the critical contribution that female business leaders make to the UK economy.
The event, organised by ed-tech charity Founders4Schools, coincides with research released by the not-for-profit today which reveals the annual revenue of women-led companies in the UK is growing at 28 per cent with a median turnover of £3.7 million.
Founders4Schools is a charity which aims to raise the aspirations of students by connecting them to inspirational business leaders.
The report, based open-government and LinkedIn datasets comparing business leaders and company growth data, investigates how women led companies grow, perform and rank, and identifies the fastest-growing and most dynamic women-led businesses across the UK.
Founders4Schools has compiled the data into live interactive maps, revealing the location of fast growth businesses lead by women with revenues between £1 million and £250 million.
As a result of the research Founders4Schools has launched a campaign to encourage more female founders into schools to inspire young women.
Sherry Coutu CBE, Founder and Chairman of Founders4Schools, will host a range of events for female founders who are already giving up their time to speak at schools – the first being the opening of the London Stock Exchange this morning.
In addition, two women only CEO summits will be launched, focusing on international expansion, to inspire young women to start their own businesses.
Coutu said: “This International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the impact that so many female business leaders are having on our economy. All around the country, women are creating jobs that drive our economy- and at the same time taking time out of their hectic schedules to support their community by helping in their local schools via Founders4Schools. Success is important, but seeing these business leaders standing up, holding their heads high, and helping others, is an inspiration.
“I’m delighted that the research we are releasing highlights the extent to which women drive the growth in our economy and I could not be prouder that Founders4Schools is playing its part in helping students come into contact with these individuals as they explore possible career destinations provided by these women”