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F4S is pleased to reveal, in honour of International Women's Day 2017, 983 of Britain’s inspiring women who are leading growing businesses with more than 1 Million in Revenue. Click here to download the 2017 f4s diversity report.

A special Founders4Schools event took place at the London Stock Exchange to mark International Women's Day. Find out more about the event here

In 2016, these businesses clocked up £15 billion of sales: the median turnover was £3.9 million and the median growth rate was 27.7%.
On behalf of the next generation, we salute these outstanding women who are driving economic growth and inspiring our girls at the same time! Bravo!

 

See below for how they stack up regionally. We’ve arranged them in order of number of women-led businesses.

If you’d like a detailed report that allows you to see the business leaders themselves, please click on the report button on the far right hand column to find out more about them, including their LinkedIn profile, business information and location.

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Local Authority Name Women-led businesses Of all businesses Growing > 20% Growing > 50%
Aberdeen City 6 17.1% 5 3   Report
Aberdeenshire -- -- -- --   Report
Adur -- -- -- --   Report
Allerdale 1 20% -- --   Report
Amber Valley -- -- -- --   Report
Argyll & Bute -- -- -- --   Report
Arun 1 25% -- --   Report
Ashfield -- -- -- --   Report
Ashford 3 23.1% 1 1   Report
Aylesbury Vale 5 26.3% 3 1   Report
Babergh -- -- -- --   Report
Ballymena -- -- -- --   Report
Barking and Dagenham -- -- -- --   Report
Barnet 10 13.0% 6 4   Report
Barnsley 7 46.7% 2 --   Report
Barrow-in-Furness -- -- -- --   Report
Basildon 1 11.1% -- --   Report
Basingstoke and Deane 4 12.9% 2 2   Report
Bassetlaw 1 20% -- --   Report
Bath and North East Somerset 7 15.9% 3 3   Report
Bedford 3 11.5% 1 1   Report
Belfast 3 13.0% 1 1   Report
Bexley 1 10% 1 --   Report
Birmingham 17 16.5% 10 7   Report
Blaby 1 6.7% -- --   Report
Blackburn with Darwen 1 9.1% 1 1   Report
Blackpool 2 33.3% 1 1   Report
Blaenau Gwent -- -- -- --   Report
Bolsover -- -- -- --   Report
Bolton 7 28% 4 2   Report
Boston -- -- -- --   Report
Bournemouth 5 27.8% 3 --   Report
Bracknell Forest 3 15% 1 1   Report
Bradford 4 10.8% 3 1   Report
Braintree 3 13.6% 1 --   Report
Breckland 4 15.4% 1 --   Report
Brent 8 38.1% 3 1   Report
Brentwood -- -- -- --   Report
Bridgend -- -- -- --   Report
Brighton and Hove 9 17.6% 4 4   Report
Bristol, City of 11 11.7% 5 3   Report
Broadland 3 9.1% -- --   Report
Bromley 4 18.2% 2 2   Report
Bromsgrove -- -- -- --   Report
Broxbourne 3 18.8% 1 --   Report
Broxtowe 3 23.1% 1 1   Report
Burnley -- -- -- --   Report
Bury 1 11.1% 1 1   Report
Caerphilly 2 10.5% 1 1   Report
Calderdale 4 15.4% 3 3   Report
Cambridge 11 12.2% 4 3   Report
Camden 52 20.6% 25 17   Report
Cannock Chase -- -- -- --   Report
Canterbury 1 11.1% 1 --   Report
Cardiff 3 8.3% 1 --   Report
Carlisle -- -- -- --   Report
Carmarthenshire 1 8.3% -- --   Report
Carrickfergus -- -- -- --   Report
Castle Point -- -- -- --   Report
Castlereagh -- -- -- --   Report
Central Bedfordshire 3 10.3% 1 --   Report
Ceredigion -- -- -- --   Report
Charnwood 3 8.3% -- --   Report
Chelmsford 2 11.1% 2 1   Report
Cheltenham 1 7.1% -- --   Report
Cherwell 4 25% 2 --   Report
Cheshire East 11 19.0% 8 4   Report
Cheshire West and Chester 5 25% 2 --   Report
Chesterfield 1 4.8% 1 --   Report
Chichester 2 10% 2 1   Report
Chiltern 6 20.7% 4 2   Report
Chorley -- -- -- --   Report
Christchurch 2 14.3% -- --   Report
City of London 60 17.9% 25 9   Report
Clackmannanshire -- -- -- --   Report
Colchester 3 20% 2 2   Report
Coleraine -- -- -- --   Report
Conwy -- -- -- --   Report
Cookstown -- -- -- --   Report
Copeland -- -- -- --   Report
Corby 1 25% -- --   Report
Cornwall 1 4.2% -- --   Report
Cotswold 4 25% 3 2   Report
County Durham 5 18.5% 4 3   Report
Coventry 1 2.8% -- --   Report
Craigavon 1 33.3% -- --   Report
Craven 1 16.7% 1 1   Report
Crawley 2 14.3% 1 1   Report
Croydon 3 14.3% 1 1   Report
Dacorum 1 5% -- --   Report
Darlington -- -- -- --   Report
Dartford 1 20% -- --   Report
Daventry -- -- -- --   Report
Denbighshire 2 40% 1 1   Report
Derby 12 37.5% 7 4   Report
Derbyshire Dales -- -- -- --   Report
Doncaster 2 12.5% 2 2   Report
Dover 2 33.3% 2 --   Report
Dudley 2 7.7% 1 --   Report
Dumfries & Galloway 1 100% -- --   Report
Dundee City 1 50% -- --   Report
Ealing 3 16.7% -- --   Report
East Ayrshire -- -- -- --   Report
Eastbourne 1 25% -- --   Report
East Cambridgeshire 1 10% -- --   Report
East Devon -- -- -- --   Report
East Dorset 2 11.8% 1 1   Report
East Dunbartonshire -- -- -- --   Report
East Hampshire 1 5% 1 --   Report
East Hertfordshire 3 11.5% 2 1   Report
Eastleigh 4 9.5% 1 --   Report
East Lindsey 2 40% 1 1   Report
East Lothian -- -- -- --   Report
East Northamptonshire 1 14.3% 1 --   Report
East Renfrewshire 2 33.3% 2 1   Report
East Riding of Yorkshire 3 9.4% 2 1   Report
East Staffordshire 1 14.3% -- --   Report
Eden -- -- -- --   Report
Edinburgh, City of 14 14.9% 8 7   Report
Elmbridge 8 21.1% 3 1   Report
Enfield 5 22.7% 2 2   Report
Epping Forest 2 20% 1 1   Report
Epsom and Ewell 2 18.2% -- --   Report
Erewash 1 11.1% -- --   Report
Exeter 6 15.4% 2 --   Report
Falkirk 1 25% -- --   Report
Fareham 1 3.0% 1 --   Report
Fenland -- -- -- --   Report
Fife 1 4.5% 1 --   Report
Flintshire -- -- -- --   Report
Forest Heath 3 15.8% 1 1   Report
Forest of Dean -- -- -- --   Report
Fylde 2 28.6% 1 1   Report
Gateshead 3 16.7% 1 --   Report
Gedling 1 16.7% 1 1   Report
Glasgow City 18 18.6% 10 7   Report
Gloucester 2 33.3% 1 --   Report
Gosport -- -- -- --   Report
Gravesham -- -- -- --   Report
Great Yarmouth 1 5.9% -- --   Report
Greenwich 2 20% 1 1   Report
Guildford -- -- -- --   Report
Gwynedd -- -- -- --   Report
Hackney 9 11.8% 6 5   Report
Halton -- -- -- --   Report
Hambleton 1 7.1% 1 1   Report
Hammersmith and Fulham 18 26.1% 10 7   Report
Harborough 3 16.7% 2 1   Report
Haringey 3 23.1% 1 1   Report
Harlow 1 9.1% 1 --   Report
Harrogate 5 11.6% 3 2   Report
Harrow 4 14.3% 2 --   Report
Hart 1 7.1% -- --   Report
Hartlepool -- -- -- --   Report
Hastings -- -- -- --   Report
Havant 4 16.7% 2 1   Report
Havering -- -- -- --   Report
Herefordshire, County of -- -- -- --   Report
Hertsmere -- -- -- --   Report
Highland 1 25% -- --   Report
High Peak -- -- -- --   Report
Hillingdon 3 10.7% 2 --   Report
Hinckley and Bosworth -- -- -- --   Report
Horsham 1 6.3% -- --   Report
Hounslow 4 13.8% 2 1   Report
Huntingdonshire 3 11.5% 1 --   Report
Hyndburn -- -- -- --   Report
Inverclyde -- -- -- --   Report
Ipswich 2 15.4% 1 1   Report
Isle of Anglesey -- -- -- --   Report
Isle of Wight 1 7.1% -- --   Report
Isles of Scilly -- -- -- --   Report
Islington 26 15.4% 12 8   Report
Kensington and Chelsea 7 15.9% 4 3   Report
Kettering 2 22.2% 2 2   Report
King's Lynn and West Norfolk 1 5.6% -- --   Report
Kingston upon Hull, City of 1 3.6% 1 --   Report
Kingston upon Thames 8 33.3% 5 2   Report
Kirklees 2 6.7% -- --   Report
Knowsley -- -- -- --   Report
Lambeth 6 16.7% 3 3   Report
Lancaster 2 10.5% 2 1   Report
Leeds 22 13.3% 13 6   Report
Leicester 6 10.9% 4 2   Report
Lewes -- -- -- --   Report
Lewisham 1 100% 1 1   Report
Lichfield 1 7.1% 1 1   Report
Limavady -- -- -- --   Report
Lincoln 1 20% 1 1   Report
Lisburn -- -- -- --   Report
Liverpool 1 4.8% 1 --   Report
Luton 4 18.2% 1 1   Report
Maidstone 2 15.4% 1 1   Report
Maldon -- -- -- --   Report
Malvern Hills 1 20% 1 1   Report
Manchester 10 11.6% 7 4   Report
Mansfield 2 22.2% 1 1   Report
Medway 3 27.3% 3 3   Report
Melton 1 11.1% 1 --   Report
Mendip 3 21.4% -- --   Report
Merthyr Tydfil 1 50% 1 1   Report
Merton 5 31.3% 3 2   Report
Mid Devon 2 22.2% 2 1   Report
Middlesbrough -- -- -- --   Report
Midlothian -- -- -- --   Report
Mid Suffolk 1 4.5% -- --   Report
Mid Sussex -- -- -- --   Report
Milton Keynes 4 9.1% 2 --   Report
Mole Valley 2 11.8% 1 1   Report
Monmouthshire -- -- -- --   Report
Moray -- -- -- --   Report
Neath Port Talbot 2 11.8% 1 --   Report
Newark and Sherwood -- -- -- --   Report
Newcastle-under-Lyme 1 16.7% 1 1   Report
Newcastle upon Tyne 4 15.4% 3 3   Report
New Forest 6 16.7% 3 2   Report
Newham 2 20% 1 1   Report
Newport 2 11.8% -- --   Report
Northampton 2 15.4% 1 1   Report
North Ayrshire -- -- -- --   Report
North Devon 3 30% 1 --   Report
North Dorset -- -- -- --   Report
North Down -- -- -- --   Report
North East Derbyshire -- -- -- --   Report
North East Lincolnshire -- -- -- --   Report
North Hertfordshire 3 10.3% -- --   Report
North Kesteven -- -- -- --   Report
North Lanarkshire 2 8.3% 1 1   Report
North Lincolnshire -- -- -- --   Report
North Norfolk -- -- -- --   Report
North Somerset 1 6.3% -- --   Report
North Tyneside 2 11.8% -- --   Report
Northumberland 1 8.3% -- --   Report
North Warwickshire -- -- -- --   Report
North West Leicestershire 3 15.8% 1 --   Report
Norwich 2 4.8% 1 --   Report
Nottingham 10 14.9% 3 3   Report
Nuneaton and Bedworth 1 9.1% 1 --   Report
Oadby and Wigston 1 25% 1 --   Report
Oldham 2 25% 1 1   Report
Oxford 5 20% 2 1   Report
Pembrokeshire -- -- -- --   Report
Pendle -- -- -- --   Report
Perth & Kinross -- -- -- --   Report
Peterborough 5 20.8% 5 3   Report
Plymouth 4 25% 4 1   Report
Poole 2 8% 2 2   Report
Portsmouth 2 5.7% -- --   Report
Powys -- -- -- --   Report
Preston 2 12.5% 2 1   Report
Purbeck 2 50% 2 2   Report
Reading 4 6.9% 3 1   Report
Redbridge 1 6.3% 1 1   Report
Redcar and Cleveland -- -- -- --   Report
Redditch 3 30% 1 --   Report
Reigate and Banstead 4 28.6% 1 1   Report
Renfrewshire 3 37.5% 1 1   Report
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff 1 6.3% 1 --   Report
Ribble Valley -- -- -- --   Report
Richmondshire -- -- -- --   Report
Richmond upon Thames 6 18.2% 5 3   Report
Rochdale -- -- -- --   Report
Rochford -- -- -- --   Report
Rossendale -- -- -- --   Report
Rother -- -- -- --   Report
Rotherham 4 16.7% 1 --   Report
Rugby 2 18.2% 2 2   Report
Runnymede 2 14.3% 1 --   Report
Rushcliffe 1 3.8% 1 --   Report
Rushmoor -- -- -- --   Report
Rutland 1 33.3% 1 1   Report
Ryedale -- -- -- --   Report
Salford 3 15% 1 1   Report
Sandwell 4 26.7% 3 2   Report
Scarborough -- -- -- --   Report
Scottish Borders -- -- -- --   Report
Sedgemoor 1 11.1% 1 1   Report
Sefton 2 33.3% 2 1   Report
Selby 2 11.8% 1 1   Report
Sevenoaks 1 7.1% -- --   Report
Sheffield 12 14.3% 6 4   Report
Shepway 1 16.7% -- --   Report
Shetland Islands -- -- -- --   Report
Shropshire 3 21.4% 2 1   Report
Slough 1 3.2% 1 1   Report
Solihull 4 14.8% 2 1   Report
Southampton 2 5% 2 1   Report
South Ayrshire -- -- -- --   Report
South Bucks 5 16.1% 4 4   Report
South Cambridgeshire 5 6.8% 2 2   Report
South Derbyshire -- -- -- --   Report
Southend-on-Sea 1 20% -- --   Report
South Gloucestershire 4 15.4% 3 2   Report
South Hams -- -- -- --   Report
South Holland -- -- -- --   Report
South Kesteven 1 8.3% -- --   Report
South Lakeland 3 37.5% 1 1   Report
South Lanarkshire 1 6.7% 1 --   Report
South Norfolk 1 5.3% 1 1   Report
South Northamptonshire 1 7.1% 1 1   Report
South Oxfordshire -- -- -- --   Report
South Ribble 1 14.3% 1 1   Report
South Somerset -- -- -- --   Report
South Staffordshire -- -- -- --   Report
South Tyneside -- -- -- --   Report
Southwark 23 17.7% 11 8   Report
Spelthorne 1 10% -- --   Report
Stafford 3 37.5% -- --   Report
Staffordshire Moorlands 1 20% -- --   Report
St Albans 6 20% 5 3   Report
St Edmundsbury 2 8.7% 2 2   Report
Stevenage -- -- -- --   Report
St. Helens 1 11.1% -- --   Report
Stirling 4 57.1% 4 3   Report
Stockport 4 12.1% 3 2   Report
Stockton-on-Tees 2 11.8% 1 --   Report
Stoke-on-Trent 4 28.6% 1 --   Report
Stratford-on-Avon 1 3.4% -- --   Report
Stroud 2 16.7% 2 1   Report
Suffolk Coastal 2 14.3% 1 --   Report
Sunderland 1 6.7% 1 --   Report
Surrey Heath 4 17.4% 2 2   Report
Sutton 2 22.2% 2 2   Report
Swale 1 50% -- --   Report
Swansea 3 10.7% 1 1   Report
Swindon 1 7.7% 1 1   Report
Tameside 1 25% 1 1   Report
Tamworth -- -- -- --   Report
Tandridge 2 14.3% -- --   Report
Taunton Deane 5 22.7% 1 1   Report
Teignbridge 6 35.3% 5 3   Report
Telford and Wrekin -- -- -- --   Report
Tendring -- -- -- --   Report
Test Valley 2 6.7% 2 1   Report
Tewkesbury 1 14.3% -- --   Report
Thanet -- -- -- --   Report
The Vale of Glamorgan -- -- -- --   Report
Three Rivers 3 14.3% 3 3   Report
Thurrock 1 25% -- --   Report
Tonbridge and Malling 3 15.8% 2 2   Report
Torbay 2 22.2% 1 --   Report
Torfaen 2 18.2% -- --   Report
Torridge -- -- -- --   Report
Tower Hamlets 26 23.4% 11 11   Report
Trafford 3 9.4% 1 --   Report
Tunbridge Wells 1 10% -- --   Report
Uttlesford 2 7.7% 2 1   Report
Vale of White Horse 3 18.8% 3 2   Report
Wakefield 4 13.8% 2 --   Report
Walsall -- -- -- --   Report
Waltham Forest -- -- -- --   Report
Wandsworth 7 21.9% 4 2   Report
Warrington 2 9.5% 1 --   Report
Warwick 2 7.4% -- --   Report
Watford 1 8.3% -- --   Report
Waveney 2 16.7% -- --   Report
Waverley 6 20% 4 3   Report
Wealden 1 6.3% -- --   Report
Wellingborough 1 11.1% -- --   Report
Welwyn Hatfield 4 23.5% 2 1   Report
West Berkshire 6 20.7% 4 4   Report
West Devon -- -- -- --   Report
West Dorset 2 22.2% -- --   Report
West Dunbartonshire 1 33.3% 1 1   Report
West Lancashire 1 20% 1 --   Report
West Lindsey 1 20% 1 --   Report
West Lothian 1 9.1% 1 --   Report
Westminster 77 17.1% 41 33   Report
West Oxfordshire 1 9.1% -- --   Report
West Somerset -- -- -- --   Report
Weymouth and Portland -- -- -- --   Report
Wigan 1 20% -- --   Report
Wiltshire 7 14.3% 2 2   Report
Winchester 6 13.0% 2 --   Report
Windsor and Maidenhead 7 12.3% 1 1   Report
Wirral -- -- -- --   Report
Woking -- -- -- --   Report
Wokingham 4 7.7% 2 1   Report
Wolverhampton -- -- -- --   Report
Worcester -- -- -- --   Report
Worthing 2 20% 1 1   Report
Wrexham -- -- -- --   Report
Wychavon 2 18.2% 2 2   Report
Wycombe 13 20.6% 9 6   Report
Wyre -- -- -- --   Report
Wyre Forest 1 25% -- --   Report
York 5 14.3% 5 2   Report