Newcastle is one of a handful of UK cities to be granted government funding to help women in business to adopt digital technology – and to boost the city’s economy.
wwWomen, delivered by Go Digital Newcastle, is launching on September 23 with an event at The Great North Museum: Hancock, featuring a taster workshop and talks from leading digital lights in the region.
The Women’s Business Council reported last year that if there was equality in the UK’s labour market the economy could potentially gain 10% of GDP by 2030. An extra one million entrepreneurs would be created if women started businesses at the same rate as men.
wwWomen will offer a free series of events, masterclasses and workshops aimed at inspiring those who have a business, or are looking to set up a business, and guide them on the opportunities offered by broadband and digital.
There will be a programme of mentoring delivered by Digital Champions, leading female businesswomen who already use digital effectively.
Cllr Ann Schofield, Newcastle City Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Age Friendly City and Digital Inclusion said:
“wwWomen will deliver a programme of masterclasses and workshops, and build a network of female-owned businesses. We are helping women to harness the digital skills they need to set up and grow their business.”
The project will boost the skills of around 60 female entrepreneurs, build a bank of case studies and create a self-sustaining network of high-profile female digital ambassadors and champions who will help inspire, engage and enable more businesswomen.