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Could freelancing give you the work life balance you want?

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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

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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

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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 […]

Is franchising for me?

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

Franchising offers you the chance to start your own business, but using an established successful format. What should you do, though, before you take the plunge? Cathryn Hayes, head of HSBC’s Franchise Unit, gives some advice. Running your own business may be a long cherished dream, but it can be a frightening step to take. However, there […]

The lowdown on franchises


Vanessa Wheeler and Vanessa Challess Dines are commercial law experts and give you the information you need if you are thinking of taking up a franchise. A franchise can be a great opportunity to run your own business. It can be a much quicker start up than a traditional business. You get the benefit of […]

Insuring against the impact of child illness


Max Robinson knows what a terrible financial impact having a sick child can have on families. His half sister was born with a rare illness. For her first year his father, the author and social commentator Malcolm Blair Robinson, and his new partner were run ragged. They had to go to hospital every other week. […]

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