Chesterfield business director at 10 Downing Street

Chesterfield Based business owner Melanie Ulyatt met with key policy makers at Number 10 Downing Street
Chesterfield Based business owner Melanie Ulyatt met with key policy makers at Number 10 Downing Street

Representing Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the Women in Business Campaign one woman attended a meeting at Number 10 to outline the policy reform needed to support business and family life.

Melanie Ulyatt, who is Managing Director of Hasland based Domiciliary care services provider, One to One Support Services, attended the roundtable meeting with the Number 10 Diversity Policy Chairman.

She was representing the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to outline how policy reform as part of the deolution process can support women to overcome what is described as the ‘double burdon’ of balancing growing a business, with the demands of family life.

She said: “Around 150,000 companies owned by women close down every year in the United Kingdom, with many citing personal reasons as the motivation behind their decision. I truly believe that reform in policies and regional support systems as part of the devolution process can better support women, empowering them to take on the dual roles of successful business ownership and enjoying a stable and enriching family life. Women should never have to choose between one and the other”

“The FSB Women in Business campaign is bringing this issue to the top of the policy agenda and 10 Downing Street is the exactly the place to come to if you truly want to make a difference and have your voice heard, It was an incredible experience.”

Currently only 20 per cent of small businesses in the UK and majority female owned, compared to 52 percent owned by male counterparts. Representatives of the campaign made the most of the meeting by presenting suggestions and initiatives that could help reduce the gap and encourage more women to get into business.

More information is available on www.fsb.org.uk/regions/nottinghamshire-derbyshire