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Why does representation matter in the workplace?

2023-01-03T08:00:00+00:00

There are many benefits to having a diverse workforce. One of the most important is the access you have to different ideas, perspectives, and experiences. Diversity in your workplace will bring new ways of thinking about problems, opportunities for innovation and growth, and better decision-making processes that are more representative of your company’s customers and consumers.

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Channel 4 to be the first employer to offer employees reproductive health and hormone testing

2022-11-23T15:26:00+00:00

Channel 4 is partnering with Hertility to start a trial offering reproductive health and hormone testing to its employees, in what is believed to be a first for any of the major UK broadcasters.

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Thirty years of neglect on funding female entrepreneurs costs the UK economy £250bn

2022-11-16T11:31:00+00:00

A new report shared by The Business Desk from The Enterprise Research Centre, in partnership with Liverpool-based The Women’s Organisation has exposed a glaring funding gap in supporting female-led start-ups, which is holding the UK economy back drastically.

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Huge lack of women in executive positions in the UK’s biggest firms

2022-11-09T13:01:00+00:00

A new report produced by EY and Cranfield University shows that there is an alarming lack of women in executive roles, despite FTSE 350 improving boardroom gender diversity.

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Britain’s most inspiring women in business crowned at national awards

2023-01-27T10:13:00+00:00

21 business women, teams and organisations have been honoured for being trailblazers in 2022. The celebrations come as statistics show more women are taking on leading positions in business every year.

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Black women in the UK are more likely to start a side hustle than any other group of people

2022-11-08T12:44:00+00:00

Recent research conducted by eBay UK discovered that Black British women are the group most likely to start a side hustle - especially in the current climate.

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The EmpoWOMENt series: the top women in social enterprise

2022-11-07T10:38:00+00:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the most inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in the social enterprise industry, and the world, with the amazing work they’re doing. There are so many incredible women that are changing the business world, and we wish we could shout about them all - but this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women in social enterprise.

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Women are missing out on £599 billion due to the gender investment gap

2022-11-04T08:01:00+00:00

We have come a long way when it comes to overcoming the gender disparity in the workplace, yet there is still so much to do when it comes to female founders.

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Women are hiding IVF treatment from bosses for fear of losing their jobs

2022-11-03T11:46:00+00:00

New research from Zurich UK finds that almost a third of women (32%) undergoing IVF hid their treatment from bosses for fear they’d lose their job if they disclosed. 

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Only one in seven women are confident they have enough for retirement

2022-10-31T08:01:00+00:00

Despite ten years of pension auto-enrolment, new research suggests some people are still being left behind with women still less financially secure than men when it comes to retirement planning. 

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Breaking the ageism glass ceiling by recognising the value of 50+ women at work

2022-10-26T09:08:00+01:00

Victoria Tomlinson, Founder and Chief Executive of Next-Up, the platform that helps pre-retirement employees with workshops, tells us about the importance of valuing women over 50 in the workplace:

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The impact upskilling has in bridging the gender gap among businesses

2022-10-26T08:04:00+01:00

In this article, the team at Heriot-Watt University cover some of the ways women can upskill in business to help close the gender gap:

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The EmpoWOMENt series: the top women in the fast-moving consumer goods industry

2022-10-19T10:15:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the most inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in the fast-moving consumer goods industry (FMCG). There are so many incredible women that are changing the business world, and we wish we could shout about them all - but this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women running the FMCG industry.

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Should there be laws in place for the protection of menopausal employees?

2022-10-17T08:51:00+01:00

Ahead of World Menopause Day (18th October) employment health and safety experts WorkNest, discuss how the protection of menopausal workers should be enforced by law, to encourage all workplaces to have the right protection in place.

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Is the office housework falling on the women in your office?

2022-10-13T08:28:00+01:00

Have you ever noticed, or asked yourself, who’s always making the teas in the office?

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Michaela Wain is encouraging more women to join the construction industry

2022-10-12T08:36:00+01:00

The 2021 Great British Businesswoman Awards finalist and The Apprentice finalist, Michaela Wain, Managing Director, Design and Build UK is urging women to build “a legacy” in the construction industry.

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Caleno joins Sahar Hashemi’s Buy Women Built campaign to help promote female-founded businesses

2022-10-03T12:10:00+01:00

Serial entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author and Great British Businesswoman Judge, Sahar Hashemi teams up with Ellie Webb, founder of Caleno, on her latest project - Buy Women Built.

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Considering women in your workplace wellbeing strategies

2022-10-03T08:11:00+01:00

The topic of mental health and wellbeing is one that has seen huge, well-needed traction in the last few years - as the pandemic made people take a step back and look at things differently. It also triggered a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide. 

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“I don’t hope… I need the advancement of women in business to be intersectional” - An interview with Sheree Atcheson

2022-09-26T08:15:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Series interviews Sheree Atcheson - Multi-award winning global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion leader, keynote speaker, published author, and Great British Businesswoman Awards judge.

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The 2022 Great British Businesswoman Awards Shortlist Revealed

2022-09-21T15:49:00+01:00

We are extremely proud to present the incredible shortlist for the 2022 Great British Businesswoman Awards! 

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Is the title ‘girl boss’ set to stay in 2022?

2022-09-16T08:30:00+01:00

Coined by highly successful businesswoman Sophia Amoruso, the term “Girlboss” is used to describe a woman who is self-made, running their own business, and acting as their own boss. 

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The EmpoWOMENt Series: Women in the Food and Drinks industry

2022-09-13T08:21:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in the food and drink industry. There are so many incredible women that are changing the business world, and we wish we could shout about them all - but this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women running the food and drinks industry.

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Female-founded businesses are here to stay - so why are people reluctant to invest in them?

2022-09-05T10:50:00+01:00

Unfortunately, it has long been known that there is a disparity between businessmen and women, from the number of men in leadership positions compared to women, to the gap in the funding available for female entrepreneurs and women-led enterprises compared to the amount available for their male counterparts.

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The EmpoWOMENt Series: Women in Sport

2022-09-01T09:08:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in Sports. There are so many incredible women that are changing the world of Sport, and we wish we could shout about them all - this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women in Sport.

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“If you are an employer or a leader in your industry, make sure you nurture and mentor the talented individuals that surround you” - An interview with Chieu Cao

2022-08-25T08:56:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Series interviews Chieu Cao - CEO & Founder of Mintago, Co-founder of Perkbox,  financial wellbeing advocate, and Great British Businesswoman judge

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The EmpoWOMENt Series: Women in the Telecommunications industry

2022-08-22T08:09:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in the telecommunications industry. There are so many incredible women that are changing the world of telecoms, and we wish we could shout about them all - this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women in the telecommunications industry (telecom).

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“Believe in yourself and remember you are always more than enough” - An interview with Fiona Daniel

2022-08-18T08:18:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Series interviews Fiona Daniel - CEO & Founder of FD21, Women On Boards Ambassador, D&I Speaker & Panellist and Great British Businesswoman judge.

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Scotland is the first place to make free period products the law

2022-08-16T10:33:00+01:00

Scotland has made public health history by making it the law for public settings to provide period products.

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The EmpoWOMENt Series: Spotlighting Diversity Champions

2022-08-10T12:34:00+01:00

In this series, we aim to shine a spotlight on those women and men who are working tirelessly to bridge the gap between the current gender disparity in the workplace. In today’s article, we particularly celebrate the men who are getting on board to make changes for women in industry - by leading by example, changing the narrative, and paving the way for the next generation of businesswomen.

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EmpoWOMENt: Redefining power in the boardroom

2022-08-10T08:01:00+01:00

Ideas Fest hosted an inspiring panel talk with businesswomen Lucy Cohen, Emma Sayle, Ellie Webb, Hannah & Sophie Pycroft, where they discussed the importance of empowerment from the bedroom all the way to the boardroom. Hear their thoughts on the topic here:

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The empoWOMENt series - Women in the Utilities industry

2022-08-01T15:27:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in the utilities industry. There are so many incredible women that are changing the world of utilities, and we wish we could shout about them all - this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women in the utilities industry.

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England’s win in the 2022 euros is a win for all women

2022-08-01T14:50:00+01:00

Last night we saw the England Lionesses take away England’s first major trophy since 1966. And the team has since been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for their heroics in the European final - and as well as their amazing win, they have put a smile on the faces of many people today as they make history.

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UK’s best workplaces for women 2022 list is announced

2022-07-26T09:04:00+01:00

Great Place to Work has announced its list of the UK’s best places to work for women in 2022.

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The empoWOMENt series - Women in the Engineering and Manufacturing industry

2022-07-25T08:26:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in engineering and manufacturing. There are so many incredible women that are changing the world of manufacturing and engineering, and we wish we could shout about them all - this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women in the engineering and manufacturing industry.

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“We do need to inspire more women because as women we have this untapped talent, we are the economic future” - An interview with Sahar Hashemi

2022-07-20T08:08:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Series interviews Sahar Hashemi - Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Buy Women Built, Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author, and so much more.

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Rachael Flanagan named in prestigious 35 Under 35 List

2022-07-18T08:08:00+01:00

Rachael Flanagan, Founder and Managing Director of commercial cleaning company Mrs Buckét, and one of our very own StartUp Awards judges, has been named in the 2022 Management Today 35 Women Under 35 Awards.

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The empoWOMENt series - Women in Creative Industries

2022-07-18T08:06:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in the creative industries. There are so many incredible women that are changing the world for creatives, and we wish we could shout about them all - this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women in the creative industry.

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According to the World Economic Forum gender equality “will take 132 years”

2022-07-15T13:43:00+01:00

Research conducted by the World Economic Forum has found that reaching gender parity across work, health and politics globally will take 132 years at the current rate of progress.

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Moody’s returns as a 2022 Great British Businesswoman Awards sponsor

2022-07-14T13:05:00+01:00

We are delighted to announce that we are joining forces with Moody’s for the second year running, to help us fulfil our mission of championing and celebrating the inspirational businesswomen of today.

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Independent womenswear retailer Scamp & Dude opens flagship store

2022-07-12T13:59:00+01:00

Independent womenswear retailer, founded by StartUp Awards National Series judge, Jo Tutchener-Sharp, Scamp and Dude, has opened its flagship store in Marlow High Street - Buckinghamshire. 

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Building up your confidence and creating a growth mindset with Nancy Hobhouse

2022-07-11T14:49:00+01:00

A recent webinar hosted by the Great British Businesswoman Series, and Nancy Hobhouse, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance at EVRi, saw a group of businesswomen come together to discuss building your confidence as a woman, and how to create a growth mindset.

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The importance of female role models - we need them now more than ever

2022-07-08T09:00:00+01:00

A trending article on LinkedIn recently highlighted the importance of female role models - as many successful and influential individuals give a shout-out to their female role models.

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“If a door opens, walk through it, believe you can and you will” - Roisin Currie - CEO of Greggs

2022-07-07T12:31:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Awards interviews Roisin Currie - CEO of Greggs

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The empoWOMENt series - Women in Construction

2022-07-05T10:39:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in the construction industry. There are so many incredible women that are changing the world of construction, and we wish we could shout about them all - this list rounds up just a few of our top picks of women in construction.

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EMCOR UK joins the Great British Businesswomen Series as latest sponsor

2022-06-30T10:39:00+01:00

We are delighted to announce we are joining forces with EMCOR UK,  to help us fulfil our mission of championing and celebrating the inspirational businesswomen of today.

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Northern Ireland council teams up with Hey Girls to tackle period poverty

2022-06-29T08:14:00+01:00

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council is stepping up its efforts to tackle ‘period poverty’, which affects one in ten women.

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2022-06-28T15:56:00+01:00

Celebrating & inspiring women in business across the United Kingdom

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The empoWOMENt series - Women in Finance

2022-06-28T08:00:00+01:00

In this series we will be shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women who are breaking down barriers, leading by example, and paving the way for the future of women in finance. 

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​International Women in Engineering Day: Tips to attract talent and break into the industry

2022-06-23T16:02:00+01:00

Women engineers around the world continue to spearhead astounding engineering breakthroughs every year, and as a result, positively support lives and livelihoods every day. Despite this, it’s still not as common as it should be to find women in engineering roles. 

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“Never forget you have a seat at the table for a good reason, people want to hear your views and ideas”

2022-06-14T08:15:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Awards interviews Annabel Schaafsma - Managing Director of Mood

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“Throughout my career, I have felt the need to work that little bit harder than some (not all) of my male colleagues to be heard”

2022-06-13T08:17:00+01:00

An interview with 50:50 The Equality Project: 2021s Team of the Year Award Winner

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UK’s largest business group signs Menopause Workplace Pledge to make women’s wellbeing a priority

2022-06-08T08:15:00+01:00

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has become the latest employer to sign the Menopause Workplace Pledge. The pledge, run by Wellbeing of Women, for which HRH The Countess of Wessex is Royal Patron, aims to redress the lack of awareness of and support for women in the workplace who are experiencing menopause, and the effects it can have.

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“Trust your instincts and do it your own way!”: An interview with Natasha Frangos: 2021 Finance Businesswoman of the year

2022-06-07T08:30:00+01:00

Last year we celebrated the inaugural year of the Great British Businesswoman Series, which saw us shine a spotlight on the fantastic people in business across the United Kingdom who are making a difference for businesswomen, and all of their achievements.

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“We should all be playing off a level playing field. I find it staggering when you hear that it could take up to 100 years for this goal to be achieved.”

2022-05-31T09:01:00+01:00

Last year we celebrated the inaugural year of the Great British Businesswoman Series, which saw us shine a spotlight on the fantastic people in business across the United Kingdom who are making a difference for businesswomen, and all of their achievements.

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A new government grant fund has launched to support women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace

2022-05-30T10:21:00+01:00

The government has introduced a new grant to ensure there is available support for women experiencing menopause, fertility problems, miscarriage and pregnancy loss, menstrual health and gynaecological conditions in the workplace. The grant will help support remaining in or returning to the workplace for these women by a multi-million-pound funding boost to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

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“Don’t be afraid to be outspoken, it is an experience for others to watch and learn from!” ; An interview with Ellie Long: 2021 Rising Star Award Winner

2022-05-24T08:39:00+01:00

Last year we celebrated the inaugural year of the Great British Businesswoman Series, which saw us shine a spotlight on the fantastic women in business across the United Kingdom who are making a difference, and all of their achievements.

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Why is entering an awards programme good for you and your business?

2022-05-16T14:00:00+01:00

Last year we celebrated the inaugural year of the Great British Businesswoman Series, which saw us shine a spotlight on the fantastic women in business across the United Kingdom who are making a difference, and all of their achievements. 

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International Women’s Day 2022: building a workplace where women can thrive.

2022-03-08T14:23:00+00:00

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, a day where we shine a light on the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.

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2021 Great British Businesswoman Awards winners revealed

2021-10-15T14:28:00+01:00

We are delighted to reveal the full list of winnersfor the inaugural Great British Businesswoman Awards.

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2021 Great British Businesswoman Awards Shortlist Revealed

2021-09-06T14:45:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Awards is proud to present the 2021 shortlist for the inaugural awards!

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Great British Businesswoman Series partners with Colt

2021-07-15T14:49:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Series is delighted to announce Colt as its latest Premium Partner for the 2021 series.

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Starling Bank joins Great British Businesswoman Series as a Premium Partner

2021-05-25T14:53:00+01:00

The Great British Businesswoman Series is delighted to announce that Starling Bank will be joining its mission to support women in business as a Premium Partner.

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LinkedIn study shows that there is still a gender confidence gap in the UK, but optimism for both men and women is rising

2021-05-19T14:55:00+01:00

A new study from LinkedIn shows that there is still a gender confidence gap in the UK, but optimism for both men and women is rising.

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Great British Businesswoman Awards are open for entries!

2021-05-18T15:04:00+01:00

The search for the first ever Great British Businesswoman has begun - we are now open for entries!

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Pandemic pushes back gender parity by a generation, report finds

2021-03-31T15:07:00+01:00

Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021.

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Brands ‘should take a stance’ on social and political issues

2021-03-17T20:04:00+00:00

Brands can and should take a stance on social and political issues, according to a new study of consumers in the UK and US. 

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HUAWEI Women Developers Program Drives Technological Innovation

2021-03-12T15:12:00+00:00

Huawei has officially launched its HUAWEI Women Developers (HWD) program, which aims to empower women developers to create applications and tools that can change the world.

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New female investors £15,000 worse off by 2030

2021-03-10T11:46:00+00:00

New female investors would make £15,000 less on their investments than their male counterparts by 2030 if they started investing in 2020, according to new analysis.

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The Great British Businesswoman Series launches

2021-03-08T15:15:00+00:00

Celebrating and inspiring women in business across the United Kingdom

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Pandemic boosts women in cybersecurity

2021-03-08T07:35:00+00:00

Nearly half of women wokring in cybersecurity (49%) say that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their career in a positive way, with just 9% experiencing a negative impact. 

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Diversity & inclusion remains top challenge in 2021

2021-03-04T07:54:00+00:00

Diversity and inclusion remain one of the top challenges facing businesses in 2021, despite more than 80% conducting unconscious bias training, according to a new survey.

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Covid support skewed towards men

2021-02-09T16:37:00+00:00

The government’s support has been “repeatedly skewed towards men” throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, a committee of MPs has said.