Now in its 12th year, the First Women Awards, co-founded by Real Business and the CBI, were held on 22 June in a glittering ceremony hosted by Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan at the Lancaster Hotel – and what a night it was!
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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.
If you were to pick up the Yellow Pages, turn to the plumbing, tiling or carpentry sections and begin randomly calling independent trades-people, chances are you’d have ran out of minutes, or possibly patience, before you got through to a woman.
In partnership with Microsoft, our journey to discover the UK SMEs adopting digital for business growth continues as we hear from the founder of Katherine Elizabeth Millinery about her love of tech and how it’s helped her build her luxury fashion business.
It has been estimated that by 2022 there will be 2.5m job openings for engineers in the UK, but there are truly big business benefits of apprentices to help turn that prediction around for the better.
While Silicon Valley, London and Berlin grab all of the headlines when it comes startup success, Ireland has been flying under the radar, nurturing a growing amount of innovative startups and we’ve highlighted some outstanding companies to mark St Patrick’s Day.
Research has observed attitudes of the UK’s leaders to determine how they feel about short skirts and facial hair in the workplace. The message is clear – “neglect physical appearance at your peril”.
It is only by accurately measuring and harnessing the power of women and the sharing economy that the UK can address its poor productivity record.
Hasbro came under fire in January upon launch of its Star Wars Monopoly set for excluding new female heroine Rey, who joined the sci-fi franchise in new film The Force Awakens. Not wanting to follow in the footsteps of its rival, Mattel has expanded its Barbie Fashionistas line to include three new body types and a variety of appearances.
The question of whether accepting inappropriate behaviour every now and then is important to further the cause of women in business and the professions will be one of many hotly-debated topics at the First Women Summit on 4 February.