Tabletop to £1m is a community of ambitious female UK business owners working together to lobby for change to government policy to make it easier for women to scale business up, and collaborating to share mentoring, real stories and tangible advice.
We have three demands in the UK:
1. Ease the burden of family & childcare for female entrepreneurs The Rose Review found that:
Women are twice as likely as men to mention family responsibilities as a barrier to starting a business
In addition, for female entrepreneurs with children, primary care responsibilities are the first barrier to further business success, 46% of female parent entrepreneurs identifying it as a "very important" or "important" barrier versus 33% of male parents with businesses
We believe that two things need to happen that would help all women:
Childcare must become tax deductible - as the employment of a PA is
The 30 free hours scheme must start for children once they reach their first birthday
2. Make mentoring more accessible to female entrepreneurs
31% of women surveyed highlighted the importance of networking as a business skill, compared to 21% of men
Only 30% of women said they already knew a female entrepreneur
Traditional networking methods are a barrier to female entrepreneurs; breakfast and evening events are often inhibitors due to the care responsibilities of family life. Through Tabletop to £1m we will create a forum where the burden of care can be honestly addressed and create a community of female business owners committed to pledging the time to mentor another woman.
3. Make growth support accessible to all female entrepreneur Many female entrepreneurs work from home relying on the digital world to communicate and create wider opportunities.
Tabletop to £1m will work with government and industry partners to create a female founder digital growth hub;
Including practical help and top tips
Podcasts with inspirational women through the Scale Up Stories series
Ideas for better digital working (Slack/Zoom/Skype)