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Remote workers driving use of cloud applications

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Remote workers are strongly driving take up of ‘cloud’ applications that provide them with access to office tools wherever they are, according to a survey by global workplace provider Regus. The survey of over 4,000 business people found  85% of workers have used at least one tool enabling remote working in the previous month. Dropbox […]


Concert-going

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Having spent Saturday evening just gone by at a huge venue purpose built for music concerts, watching a band I adore for the third time, I was once again intrigued by the individuals within the arena. Firstly for myself, the evening was planned ahead of schedule.  I knew at what time to leave home to […]


Facebook family

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I’m not big on Facebook. Daughter one says it is for people who are “pretending to be happy”. I just find the big empty box asking you what’s on your mind a little offputting. My mind is like a spaghetti junction where thoughts whizz in and out and round and round and to extract one […]


Fighting the patriarchy

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Daughter one has a newly decorated bedroom. She is now on a “loft bed” with her desk underneath which gives her a bit more space. Before this you almost had to climb over stuff to get into her room. Her door also became unhinged due to various attempts by daughter two to break into the […]


Sandi Toksvig to join Women’s Equality Party

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The comedian Sandi Toksvig has left BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz to co-found the Women’s Equality Party which will press for greater equality between the sexes after the general election. The Party is the idea of Catherine Mayer, author and editor-at-large at Time magazine. She attended a women and politics talk at the Women of the […]


From little seeds…

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Around 18 months ago Suzie Walker was looking for a healthy snack for her daughter. Fast forward to the launch of her paleo snack bar company last year when she sold 20,000 bars on pre-order alone and to today when her bars are stocked around Europe and in South Africa and she is working with […]


Companies more willing to negotiate over salary

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Companies are increasingly willing to enter into salary negotiations to secure top talent as the war for talent heats up, according to new research. A survey by recruitment specialist Robert Half, based on interviews with over 200 senior HR directors, shows two-thirds of HR directors are more willing to negotiate salary rates with top candidates […]


Sockgate

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Socks have become a battleground in our house. Last week there was a minor skirmish over short black socks which I nicked from daughter two’s drawer in a moment of panic at circa 8.43am. Daughter three told me that it was too hot for tights and her system of filing socks is stress-inducing at the […]


Bridging the care gap

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Amit Verma is on a mission. He wants to bridge the gap between childcare providers and parents and is setting up a website which provides a platform for childcare providers to advertise what they do and their availability and allows parents to rate them. Amit’s background is not in childcare. He was a finance lawyer […]


Majority of low income families see no sign of economic recovery

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Some 79% of low income families have seen no sign of their financial situation improving in the last year despite the economic recovery, according to a survey by charity Turn2us.org.uk. The survey of over 2,000 families, released to coincide with Turn2us’ annual Benefits Awareness Month, found that in the last year, over four-fifths of parents […]


Women not taking promotion despite flexible working

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Nearly three-quarters of women in Australia believe having a child impacts a person’s ability to achieve career goals, compared with slightly more than half of men, according to recent research from Morgan McKinley Australia. The poll of 873 professionals  shows that whilst only 15% of survey respondents had opted out of the workplace for more […]


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