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Girls need more role models of women in business


It’s Friday and a bank holiday weekend, but for most adults Monday is a day of dread. We commute to work, not necessarily anticipating a good week ahead. Maybe we dream about starting our own business, becoming our own boss, an entrepreneur, so to speak. It’s a pretty common thought for people stuck in the […]

Mothers changing jobs due to summer childcare challenge


What do you do if you can’t find holiday childcare? It’s a struggle for most families, but for some it is the difference between being able to stay in a job and having to leave, particularly for single parents. A snap poll on found that, although the majority of mums manage to get through […]

Working mums in marketing: time for change?


Karen Webber thinks her career in marketing has definitely been affected by being a working mum. After being with her present company for over 10 years she reduced her hours to 70% earlier this year in order to spend more time with her son who is starting school next month. Karen, who is expecting her […]

Welcome to work-life symbiosis


We’ve had work life balance. People objected to that because they said there was no such thing and that it implied that work and life were two different concepts. Then came work life integration, where there are no clear boundaries between both. Now comes work life symbiosis. A new book by Claire Fox, an HR […]

Balancing a music career and family life


If you were listening to music during the 1980s and 1990s then chances are you saw and heard Tessa Niles performing with some of your favourite artists. Sting, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Grace Jones – she’s worked with them all as a backing singer. In this extract from her new […]

How to manage your cashflow better


When you’re running a small business, it’s important to remember the adage “cash is king!”. That’s because cash is the food that your business needs to survive and, if there’s no money coming in, your venture may face a struggle to survive. Ideally, a business should have a regular, steady flow of cash to keep […]

Call for more part-time jobs in London


Part-time job vacancies are increasing in London, but there are still fewer than in other parts of the country, particularly in middle level jobs and this has an impact on child poverty, according to a recent workshop on parental employment in the capital. The workshop was organised by 4in10, a network of organisations working to […]

Senior men need to be ‘agents of change’

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Business needs an army of senior male leaders willing and determined to become agents of change in the battle for gender equality, says the Women’s Business Council “Two Years On” report. The report, recently circulated by the Government Equalities Office, says gender equality “will never happen without the full support of men”. It says 93% […]

Getting ahead and staying there


Workplace politics can make or break a career and women need to get more savvy at working the system, according to a recent book by leading US coach Bonnie Marcus. In “The Politics of Promotion: how high-achieving women get ahead and stay ahead”, Marcus argues that women tend to have a negative view of office […]

Top tips for long car journeys


Whether returning from vacation, or getting in a last minute break around the August bank holiday, many working parents will be hitting the road this month and dealing with the trials and tribulations that travelling with children presents. For many, this can be a stressful time – as children quickly become restless and irritable. In […]

Tips for moving abroad with children

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You’ve made up your mind, the contracts are signed and excitement is rife as you prepare to leave for your new “home of choice”. Current trends show clearly that the numbers of families moving abroad are increasing, and it is becoming something many families strive to do at some point in their lives. Moving abroad […]

Flexible working: a negotiation process


It’s been just over a year since the right to request flexible working was extended to all employees. That means all employees can request flexible working, but it does not mean they will necessarily be successful. Flexible working requests can be turned down on a variety of grounds: – The additional costs will impose a […]

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