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Number of female directors rockets

Larger companies are narrowing the gap with small and medium sized firms (SMEs) in terms of the number of companies that have a female director, according to Experian’s BusinessIQ analysis.

In a new study of over 2.7 million businesses that looked at the number of male and female directors of UK businesses between 2007 and 2012, Experian reveals that the overall number of directors has risen (five million in 2012 compared to 4.3 million in 2007), with the increase in female directors since 2007 outstripping men: 24% compared to 15%.

Taking into account business failures and new start-ups during the period, as well as changes to directorships of surviving businesses, 240,000 more female directors have been appointed overall.

When Experian examined the figures by company size, it found that, although small companies (three-ten employees) are still more likely than large companies (250+ employees) to have female directors, the gap between the two is narrowing.

In 2007, 48% of small companies had at least one female director compared to 33% of large companies. In 2012, 50% of small companies had female directors compared to 40% of large companies.

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