In 2015 we saw the alternative finance market grow to £3.2bn with a range of different crowdfunding and peer-to-business lending platforms entering the space. However, there is still a lack of awareness amongst business owners of the alternative options available to them, particularly when it comes to women.
Starting a business that would one day go on to achieve a gross transaction value of £450m and net revenue of £25m around the time of the dot.com boom, entrepreneur Dale Murray has a story with as many twists and turns as a Stephen King thriller.
Emily Rawson got her first taste of DJing as a teenager, dabbling with her friend’s set of decks, which prompted her to get her own set. That £150 investment has grown into flourishing nightlife operation Supa Dupa Fly, and Rawson is about to launch the brand’s debut music festival – skipping the UK scene for sunny Santorini.
Having started a shoe business to change an industry that insists on putting women through pain, I couldn’t believe it when I heard that someone was told to leave the office for neglecting to wear high heels.
By not supporting British women who want to start a business, the UK is missing out on a £10.1bn economic boost, according to research from Facebook. As such, it's teamed with the Federation of Small Businesses and British Chambers of Commerce to bring females into enterprise.
Raymond Moore, CEO of the Indian Wells tennis tournament, recently resigned from his role after claiming women playing the sport were incredibly lucky to take part. But it’s not the first time a boss put his foot in his mouth when addressing females.
With Dell in the middle of one of the largest ever technology deals, the company is buttressing its evolution into an IT powerhouse by prioritising talent acquisition and diversity.
Unilever wants to empower five million women in its network by 2020. Advancement opportunities, skills development and expansion routes are some of the tools it is using to accomplish this vision.
In a world where it’s been estimated that it will take 100 years to achieve gender equality, facilities management services provider Sodexo prides itself on having a culture focused on providing a fair and diverse environment where employees can thrive and grow.
Edging closer to its target for gender balance in the upper echelons of management, Sky is committed to developing and supporting its female executive pipeline through its Women in Leadership initiative.
With over a third of all employees at A.T. Kearney being women, the company's diversity and inclusion values inform its global policies, employee governance and sets its consultants apart from the pack .
Research and case studies have long been part of the process that encourages women to climb the ladder to the top, however, the female protagonist seems to be sorely lacking in the paper world.