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Retraining for a new career

Are you thinking of retraining? If so, you’re not alone.’s latest annual survey of over 2,300 mums showed 65% were interested in retraining and almost a third had retrained in the last year. Another more recent poll found finding a flexible job is the main reason mums are looking to retrain. Nearly a third of […]

What’s the state of your relationships?


With Valentines Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on all the relationships in your life. Although romantic relationships are at the forefront this time of year, why not also consider the relationship you have with your colleagues, your family and even your friends? It’s so easy to take friends and […]

Half term tips


Is it half term already? It seems that it was only just Christmas, unless, of course, you have found yourself wading through assorted colds and viruses in the last month or so and are ready for a sabbatical. You may be superorganised and have arranged childcare and things to do months ago, but chances are […]

How much will your baby cost?

How to get into freelancing

Computer, Black and white, desk, marketing

Have you ever considered going freelance? Of the UK’s 1.88 million freelancers, 40% are women and the vast majority of those who started out recently are new mothers. The benefits are numerous. Being your own boss means you can work how you want, when you want – and freelancers’ job satisfaction is generally extremely high […]

Centrica: best for family support

Top Employer Awards

There’s been a lot of focus recently on the multi-generational workforce as the retirement age rises and more and more women remain in work after having children. One company which has put a lot of thought into this issue is Centrica, which won the’s Top Employer Award for Family Support. It was recognised for […]

What to do when a franchise agreement goes wrong

Depressed businesswoman

Franchises provide a tried and tested business model for those who want to strike out on their own, but don’t want to take the most common risks associated with entrepreneurship. But what if things don’t go well between a franchisee and franchisor. What can you do? Clive Rich, chairman of LawBite, provides information for both […]

The future of working today

Terii Dunne working

Terii Dunne does a job she loves and is able to do it around her two young children. Originally from London, but now based in Derby, Terii says her role as a sales manager at, which she has held for nearly two years, allows her to work flexibly around her children because her employer practices what […]

How to be resilient

tired all the time

It’s dark, it’s cold and you’ve abandoned most of your new year’s resolutions. After the work life exhaustion of Christmas and its aftermath, it can seem like there is a long way to the summer when you’re only in February. It’s a good time, then, to reflect on the kind of stamina that can see […]

Barclays: the best for talent attraction

Top Employer Awards

A comprehensive job share programme, work on gender neutral job adverts and unconscious bias and a 50/50 target for shortlists for senior jobs are among a range of initiatives undertaken by Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking (PCB) division to boost its female representation at all levels. That work helped the bank win the 2015 […]

Wanted: flexible new jobs

Working at home, technology, small business, women, franchising

Large numbers of working mums are still saying it is difficult to find a new flexible job at their level of experience, according to a poll. Some 89% of the 100 women polled said they found it hard, with only 8% saying it wasn’t difficult. The remaining 3% said they didn’t want a flexible […]

Five reasons to start a franchise


You might not really know what a franchise is or how it might apply to you, but if you are thinking of taking a new direction in the new year, want to work for yourself, but want the security of working for a known name then becoming a franchisee may be for you. Success rate […]

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Business Opportunities

Want to be your own boss and work the hours that suit you? Our directory has a range of flexible business opportunities, and also offers the advice and support you need to succeed.

Franchise Opportunities

Franchises offer an easy way of setting up a business using a tested and successful model, with the additional benefits of support from the people who have been there and done it already.