Children's book and app publisher Nosy Crow was named the Young Company of the Year, which was sponsored by Citroën, at the Growing Business Awards on 25 November. To find out more, we've spoken to the company's founder and managing director Kate Wilson about the win, what it's like to operate in an area that fuses print and digital, and having a Disney character as a mentor.
Although the new Shared Parental Leave regulations that have become law today are a step in the right direction, law firm Howard Kennedy warns that businesses may start withdrawing enhanced maternity pay for new mothers as employers take steps to avoid potential sex discrimination claims.
Jessica Thomas started out as a journalist for Trinity Mirror but soon became disenchanted with the industry and moved into PR, where she worked on lifestyle brands Veet and Durex. As Thomas changes her career again, this time to launch her own ecommerce venture, Real Business spoke with the budding entrepreneur about stepping into the online world of women’s fashion with Over My Body.
I have never considered myself a high-flyer. Even though I started up and chaired my own successful company, the idea that I could be considered a business leader had never really occurred to me.
We speak to Growing Business Awards alumna, Confused.com founder and the creator of GPS safety tracking company Buddi, Sara Murray, about what it takes to succeed as a woman in business, become a successful entrepreneur and how SMEs can aspire to make their business the next big thing.
Lego Movie creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have recently suggested that more female characters are needed for the sequel. "It's important to us that the movie plays broadly and that we inspire young women as much as we inspire young men," said Lord.
The European Business Angels Network has reported an increase in the proportion of women business angels. At 12 per cent, the figure is significantly higher than those reported in previous studies over the past 20 years.
To coincide with the launch of Export Week, female entrepreneurs are being encouraged to consider the option of growing their businesses through overseas activity.
Women want to progress in their careers as much as businesses need to find a solution to the problem that is retaining key female talent. And according to Anna Rasmussen, founder of Open Blend Method, “the key to this solution is businesses acknowledging that productivity at work is impacted by life, and life is impacted by work”.
“It was a landmark day earlier this year when the last all-male board in the FTSE 100 finally appointed its first woman director,” said professor Susan Vinnicombe CBE, director of the Cranfield International Centre.
My all-time favourite quote is Oscar Wilde's famous: "you may as well, be yourself as everyone else has been taken.”
Half of all small businesses fail in the first couple of years. And, in the great words of Theo Paphitis, “It's a damning statistic but it's true.”