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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 […]

The secret of stamina

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

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 offers you the chance to start your own business, but using an established successful format. What shoudl 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. […]

Top 10 positive developments for working mums


This year celebrates its 10th birthday. In that space of time so much has changed for women in the workforce and so much still has to. The main change is in the number of women working. Some 71% of mums now work, a figure that has been slowly rising over the last decade. Many […]

Sharing parental leave


Alasdair Jones has three children. When his first was born five years ago, he took two weeks paternity leave plus two extra weeks off unpaid and reduced his working days to four a week. For his second child, born in Australia two and a half years ago, he took two weeks off. But this time […]

How to export your franchise abroad

World in your hand

After successfully developing a franchise in the UK, it is common for franchisors to look abroad to expand the franchise overseas. What issues should you take into account? Lawyer Clive Rich gives some advice. Choosing the best business model There are a number of options including: – setting up a business of your own in […]

Flexible accountancy


Are you an accountant who wants greater flexibility? Why not combine accountancy with entrepreneurialism? Entrepreneurship runs in Henry Ejdelbaum’s blood. His parents ran an SME and he set up business with his brother Joe after graduating with a degree in European tax harmonisation. The business, ASC Finance for Business, focused on providing financial support for […]

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