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Let’s hear it for Loic Nottet

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I went to the library on Saturday. I had a list of requests. Daughter three was heading off to her gran’s and had left her reading books at school, including the homework book. She is also down to meet the author Cathy Cassidy in the next few weeks as part of a school trip and […]


Flexible working quiz for employees

Know your rights! If you would like to know more about your rights around flexible working take our quick quiz today. Results will not be promoted externally and no personal data is required. Useful articles Flexible working: a guide Holiday rights for part-timers: The Workingmums guide Changing shift patterns – the new legislation Acas published […]


Low income working parents cutting back on food

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Parents are having to cut back on food or heating their homes as a result of Government decisions not to increase children’s benefits in line with the cost of living, according to research by the End Child Poverty coalition. The Short Changed: the true cost of cuts to children’s benefits report found that failure to […]


First returnship in real estate opens for applications

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The first UK returnship programme for people working in the real estate industry has been launched today. Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate adviser, announced the new initiative, which is designed to re-engage talented professionals and help facilitate their transition back to work. Up to five participants recruited on to the annual Cushman & […]


Where’s the tv remote?

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One of the key skills of a mum is finding things. I’m not sure how this skill is developed, but it is one of my few successes as a parent. Invariably I can find things, even teeny tiny things like the legs of Loki from the Kinder Surprise egg, that no-one else in the house […]


Profile of CEOs at top companies little changed

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The average profile of a FTSE 100 chief executive officer is still a 54-year-old man with a background in finance and increasingly they have had experience in a single industry rather than multiple ones, according to new research. The 2015 annual Robert Half FTSE 100 CEO Tracker shows that the average tenure of Britain’s top […]


Wanted: women over 55

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Companies are struggling to solve their most difficult problems because they lack the kind of strategic thinkers required, many of whom are women over 55, according to a report by PwC. The report, ‘The hidden talent: Ten ways to identify and retain transformational leaders’, shows how – even while organisations are grappling with rapid technological change, […]


Demand up for interim managers, but gender pay gap persists

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Demand for interim managers is rising, particularly in the area of change management, but women managers’ pay still lags behind men’s by almost £100 a day, according to a survey by Russan GMS. The survey of 17,000 interim managers found change management, restructuring and turnaround projects were the top three reasons interim managers are being […]


Children of working mums do better, says study

Women whose mothers worked outside the home are more likely to have jobs themselves, are more likely to hold supervisory responsibility at those jobs and earn higher wages than women whose mothers stayed home full time, according to a new study. The study of 24 countries, including the UK, by Harvard Business School, also showed men […]


Birthday celebrations

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It was daughter three’s 10th birthday this weekend and, being the organiser of the family, she had arranged the whole thing herself. After several weeks of looking on the internet, she found a cheap deal at a Holiday Inn in Swindon for one night only. The bonus was that the hotel had a pool. Daughter […]


Employees who work for a female manager are ‘more engaged’

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Employees who work for a female manager are more engaged on average than those who work for a male manager despite only one in three Americans having a female boss, according to a Gallup report. In State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders, Gallup finds employees who work for a female manager […]


Extreme Masterchef

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Daughter two is back from her school trip to France. She was due to return at 6pm, which is usually 7pm, based on past experience, but this time I got a call at around 2.30 to say she would be back between 4.45 and 5.15. Which would have been fine if I didn’t have work […]


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