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New report shows rise in female directors in Belfast


The number of female director appointments in Belfast rose during the first half of the year, according to data in the latest Duport Business Confidence Report.

UK (PRWEB UK) 30 October 2012

Belfast: The latest Duport Business Confidence Report shows that, during the first six months of the year, Belfast saw a rise of over 2% in the number of female director appointments. During this period, female director appointments stood at 24.3%, just ahead of the UK average of 23.4%. More details on director gender in Belfast are available in the full report at

More good news for female entrepreneurs came during the summer, when Business Secretary, Vince Cable announced that the number of women in the boardrooms of the UK's top companies has increased in the past year.

The figures announced by Mr Cable show that the number of women appointed to the boards of the UK's top companies has reached unprecedented levels, with women now making up 16.7% of FTSE 100, and 10.9% of FTSE 250 boards, up from 12.5% and 7.8% respectively in 2010.

Managing Director of, Peter Valaitis said:

“The rising number of women directors in Belfast is a very positive development for the city. More female directors should bring a fresh outlook to business community, and help diversify the economy of the area.”

“Our report shows that, as well as rising numbers of women directors, directors under 25 years old are also increasing, which should also help new ideas flow into the business landscape.”

Duport Business Confidence Reports are published quarterly for every area of the UK. The report for Belfast provides an overview of the town's economy and includes data on company formations, net company growth and company naming trends.

Duport Business Confidence Reports are generated and released by Duport Associates Ltd. The data contained in these reports is assimilated and analysed by Duport using public record data from sources including Companies House, Office for National Statistics and Ordnance Survey. Duport Associates Ltd is a leading UK company formation agent, established in 1997 and registering around 10,000 new companies each year through its Companies House approved software.

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