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Female entrepreneurs from ethnic backgrounds: an exploration of motivations and barriers

Bradley, Fay and Boles, Kevin (2003) Female entrepreneurs from ethnic backgrounds: an exploration of motivations and barriers. UNSPECIFIED. Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to explore the motivations of ethnic minority women starting up their own businesses and to identify any external and internal barriers they may face during this phase. The research is based upon two groups of women all of whom undertook the New Entrepreneur Scholarship (NES) programme during a similar period. The NES programme is a national scheme developed to reduce barriers to self-employment for disadvantaged people in England. Both groups of women were interviewed at the beginning of the programme and then again at the end. The implications of our research for both theory and practice are the need to understand more clearly the specific needs of particular groups seeking and needing entrepreneurial opportunities and the provision of appropriate programmes of support.

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