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Self-employed women in the time of Covid

This paper, written by Erika Watson, was commissioned by the Women’s Budget Group to inform the Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy. The executive summary and recommendations are below. For the full report see the Commission website. Executive Summary Since the 2008 financial crash, a sharp rise in predominantly female self-employment has absorbed much of the […]

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Feminomics at the Royal Agricultural College

Feminomics – A New Perspective on Gender and Leadership

Feminomics provides a new perspective on gender and leadership challenges and opportunities for both women and men. It looks at the unbalanced leadership behind the economic crisis and how we need to re-balance our leadership at every level for future prosperity and well-being. The presentation forms a powerful centrepiece for leadership events, stimulating high levels […]

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Flexicurity for the Self-employed

Our economic future depends on small business. But increasingly only those with personal wealth or assets are in a position to make a real go of ‘going it alone’.

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Jobs for the Girls: Time for a Progressive Women’s Enterprise Strategy

The article was first published in the ‘Labour’s Business’ report in November 2011.  A summarised version was published in the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship newsletter in Spring 2012. Women in the UK are just half as likely to start a business as men.  The gap is twice as wide for younger women; when women have the choice, […]

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Trade Unions for the Self-Employed?

Everyone has a business in them, according to the enterprise campaign recently launched by David Cameron. The self-employment rate is already at its highest level since the 1930s. But as a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), based on official figures, suggests that these new entrepreneurs are in fact a growing class of vulnerable workers. […]

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Marketing Inclusive Business Support

Greenwell Consulting provides inclusive entrepreneurship CPD to business support providers and policy makers, who want to ensure that business support services attract a broader range of participants. The presentation below gives a snap-shot of a small part of our training programme.  For more information please see our Inclusive Enterprepreneurship section or get in touch for an informal discussion. How […]

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Are optimism and chance all you need to succeed in business?

Optimism and chance are key factors in business success according to new research. But optimism about your own abilities can be built with good training and support.

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Gender Balanced Leadership

This article was first published as ‘Balance is Best’  in the Guardian Newspaper’s Women in Business supplement, May 2009. As the UK faces the toughest economic climate in over 50 years, it is time for the business world to review, learn and get smarter.  Women in business are a critical part of the solution. The evidence […]

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small is beautiful

Small is Beautiful: the Environmental Benefits of Home Working

As world leaders head to Copenhagen to trade ideas, if not actions, on a low-carbon future, let’s hope their reading lists are not restricted to the new and shiny. Thirty five years ago EF Schumacher wrote ‘Small is Beautiful‘, which predicted the devastation we now see from squandered natural resources. He called for an economics […]

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