28 October 2022
YFM Equity Partners has become a signatory of the Investing in Women Code, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to supporting the advancement of women entrepreneurs in the UK.
Launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the initiative is supported by Investing in Women Code partners comprising the UK Business Angels Association, the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, UK Finance, and the British Business Bank. Its signatory firms provide debt or equity finance to businesses and share an ambition to work in partnership to make the UK one of the most attractive countries in the world to start and grow a business by advancing women entrepreneurship.
As a signatory, YFM has confirmed its commitment to a culture of inclusion and to advancing access to capital for women entrepreneurs. This commitment includes: nominating a member of the senior leadership team to be responsible for supporting equality in all YFM’s interactions with women entrepreneurs; adopting internal practices that aim to improve women entrepreneurs’ access to the tools, resources and finance they need to grow their businesses; and providing data about YFM’s investing activities and about its own staff and leadership team, together with a case study of the organisation’s work with a woman entrepreneur.
YFM investment manager Tiffany Young said: “YFM is proud to become a signatory of the Investing in Women Code. As a firm that is committed to an inclusive culture, both internally and through the entrepreneurs we support, we believe the Investing in Women Code is a positive step towards eliminating biases and providing greater opportunities to women-led businesses.”
YFM investment manager Laura Sisson, who is also a steering committee member of Fund Her North, said: “I’m really excited to play a part in YFM’s ongoing support of women entrepreneurs. Whilst there have been signs of change within the industry, sadly women founders still face many challenges when it comes to securing capital. Combining investor community efforts through initiatives such as the Investing in Women Code and Fund Her North are a key part to breaking down these barriers.”
To find out more about the Investing in Women Code, or if you would like to become a signatory, please contact: [email protected]
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