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In Conversation with Ceri Gillett and Hayley Hanson

What has the Covid-19 crisis meant for female-led businesses across rural Wales?

In June, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that additional childcare and housework had fallen far more on mothers than fathers, with a risk to women’s work and career progression. Chwarae Teg, in a joint statement with The Fawcett Society, said the crisis was “turning the clock back on gender equality”.

This comes against a backdrop of a business landscape which was already uneven for female-led businesses. The Rose Review, written by NatWest’s CEO Alison Rose and published in 2019, found that up to £250 billion could be added to the UK economy if women started and scaled new businesses at the same rate as men.

Gemma Collins, NatWest Cymru’s Business Growth Enabler for Cardiff and the Vale, talks to business owners Ceri Gillett and Hayley Hanson about their experiences of the crisis, and how we move on from here.

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