Domestic Angels founder Samantha Acton has joined the likes of Samantha Cameron, Baroness Karren Brady and MPs Harriet Harman and Nicky Morgan and top business owners Kelly Hoppen, Kath Kidston and Jacqueline Gold in signing the Daily Telegraph's open letter urging the government to back female entrepreneurship in the UK.
Samantha founded Domestic Angels in 2002 and the company now boasts 20 staff supporting around 130 clients across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
The business was franchised by Samantha in 2016 as a flexible home-based management solution.
The Telegraph's open letter was published in the broadsheet newspaper on International Women's Day today (March 8) and claims female entrepreneurs are being held back, with just nine per cent of funding into UK start-ups currently going to female-fronted businesses annually.
Samantha said: "It's hard to believe that, in 2018, entrepreneurial women continue to be held back by a lack of funding. There is huge disparity still between access to funding for women when compared with men and I'm delighted to be able to do my bit in backing the Telegraph's stance.
"It's never been more important for the UK government to back business and entrepreneurship in the UK, particularly with Brexit on the horizon and now is the time for the gap in funding between sexes to be a thing of the past."
The letter was printed and released to government as part of the Telegraph's 'Women Mean Business' campaign, which aims to close the funding gap preventing many women from starting their own businesses.
The Telegraph's letter, signed by Samantha, can be read here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/business/200-business-leaders-mps-sign-telegraph-letter-urging-government/