The north west has become a hotbed for creative business owners with around 12,000 small creative businesses in the region employing 17,000 people and contributing £326 million to the UK economy.
A new report by notonthehighstreet.com and Oxford Economics has revealed that on the notonthehighstreet.com website, 90% of the businesses are run by women which is well above the national average for female creative business ownership (27%).
The growing creative sector across the UK is an increasing trend where more people are turning away from the traditional 9 to 5 approach and looking for a lifestyle business where there is more flexibility in the way you can work.
In total, there are around 134,000 small creative businesses across the UK which employ 192,000 people and add approximately £3.6 billion gross value to the economy.
Overall there has been a 50% increase in self-employed women, with the figure now standing at 1.5 million across the UK. The north west leads the way in this growth.You can read the full article here