#Newsroom: Launch of the APPG WE Report: The Future of #Female #Entrepreneurship: Pathways to Progress

Noreen Cesareo, Co-chair of the International Trade and Connections sub-group within the All Party Parliamentry Group (APPG) for Women and Enterprise is proud to be a contributor to the first report ‘The Future of Female Entrepreneurship: Pathways to Progress’ issued by the group which includes recommendations to Government and Industry.

The report was launched at Westminster on July 16 2019.
The APPG report establishes the current experience faced by female entrepreneurs, and sees the potential growth of women-owned businesses as an area of economic opportunity for the UK.  They already contribute an impressive £115 billion to the economy, despite the fact that they currently secure significantly less than 5% of corporate and public sector contracts.
This first report focuses on three major issues identified as facing female entrepreneurs:

  • Access to finance
  • Business Support, Coaching and Mentoring
  • International Trade and Connections

The International Trade and Connections group conducted extensive research, interviews and study over three years. Among our list of recommendations in this field to Government and Industry, we highlight the following:

Role Models for Exporting
Our findings highlight the lack of visible role models from among women-owned businesses that are exporting internationally. There is also a gap in the number of trained official advisors from government, NGOs or private organisations specifically appointed to advise on international trade and support women-business owners get to international markets.

Seen from an international trading perspective, UK women-owned businesses in particular face different issues to their male counterparts, due to differences in cultural norms which can create barriers in access. There were many anecdotal examples of where this has happened particularly during negotiations or when discussing specific detail within areas of expertise which was particularly visible in fields such as logistics, construction, which have historically been male-dominated and run.

Setting Standards Internationally
Currently there are countries in the Commonwealth and North America that are ensuring women-owned businesses have a foothold in international markets. By working with them and seeking to set international standards, the UK will be regarded as one of the drivers in this field, which has the potential to open doors for women-owned businesses to extend their markets.

There are many instances where this can take place through existing channels, such as the cross-Government initiative “Exporting is Great” campaign and organisations that promote UK companies such as Made in Britain (manufacturing), Chamber of Commerce and Institute Of Directors. The UK has always been regarded as one of the leading countries in international trade, and such campaigns will continue to emphasise this message and create openings into new markets.

A lack of gender disaggregated data was also a recurring theme throughout our inquiry which has the consequence of restricting the ability to create effective forward strategies.

The full report can be downloaded here.

 

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#Newsroom: Noreen Cesareo has been nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

London February 19th, 2-019. Noreen Cesareo, Founder and Principal, Market Accents, has been nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards.

Noreen Burroughes Cesareo nominated for Positive Role Model Award for Gender

Noreen Burroughes Cesareo nominated for Positive Role Model Award for Gender

Noreen, an entrepreneur and active supporter of female economic empowerment and girls’ education, has been nominated from the London area for the Positive Role Model Award, Gender at The National Diversity Awards 2019.

The Awards, which will be held at the Breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 20th September 2019 bring together Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people, to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from across the UK.  The prestigious black tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Noreen’s nomination comes on the back of her work in women’s economic empowerment and girls’ education. She has volunteered her time freely over many years to push these causes forward, in the UK, around the Commonwealth and internationally. She is a trustee of the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund; sits on the UK APPG For Women in Enterprise board as a lead for International Trade; A Pink Shoe Ambassador, Lead for Exports, Markets and Marketing within the first ever UK Economic Blueprint for women-owned businesses; and core member of Woman Economic Initiative (WEI) – a global, collaborative initiative to promote women’s economic empowerment. Within these roles, she is an active participant, seeking solutions, fund raising, carrying out research, developing thought leadership and working on advocacy projects that influence or change policy. She has actively participated in local and international events, driving forward agendas, and has spoken on radio and other media about the impact of women-owned businesses and gender equality. She is a very positive role model and has touched many people through her zest for life, her work on promoting gender equality and education.

Leading global brand Johnson & Johnson were 2018 Headline sponsors of the UK’s largest diversity awards, attracting a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper.

Sir Lenny Henry CBE, previous shortlisted nominee for the Celebrity of the Year gong said; “Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”

The National Diversity Awards receives over 25,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said, “As we enter our 8th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”.

Nominations close on May 31, 2019 and shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date. To vote for Noreen, please click here: https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominee/noreen-burroughes-cesareo-london-uk/

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