Society: Care burden for businesswomen

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Working mothers are paying a high price for their business success, with 71 per cent of entrepreneurs spending up to half their salaries on childcare, a report said yesterday. More than half of women running their own businesses believed more free or subsidised childcare should be provided to make it easier for women to become self-employed, according to research for Barclays Bank.

More than half of business women believed access to childcare was more important than training and business support advice.

The research, carried out among 400 small businesses with turnovers of less than pounds 1m, found that women still shouldered the lion's share of domestic duties outside office hours. Some 70 per cent were responsible for domestic chores and shopping.