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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21144: Mason, Tom (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to FSB Scotland's comment that the economy would be £13 billion bigger if the number of women-led businesses matched those led by men.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 7 February 2019

The Scottish Government is committed to tackling the gender gap in enterprise through supporting the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise, and welcomes FSB Scotland’s contribution to the literature on the role of women-led businesses in the economy.

The Scottish Government itself does not hold official estimates for business Gross Value Added broken down by the gender of the business owner or management team. The source for official estimates of business employment and economic indicators is the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR), which is maintained by the office for National Statistics and is an administrative database of all Value Added Tax and Pay As You Earn registered businesses. The IDBR does not include information on the characteristics of business owners, as this information is not collected via tax returns.