THE number of disabled people setting up their own businesses in Spain shot up by 12% in 2013.

A total, 1994 new businesses headed up by someone registered disabled were registered last year.

There are now 16,603 self-employed workers with disabilities, up from 14,609 in 2012.

The news follows that of the surge in female entrepreneurship as a result of the economic downturn.

A total 800,000 new businesses have been registered by women since 2007 as they look to make their own opportunities against a backdrop of economic turmoil.