If there is one industry that women often find difficult to crack, it’s radio. That might come as a surprise given the number of high profile women who currently broadcast regionally and nationally on our airways. It’s easy to reel off a list of award-winning presenters and DJs like Jenny Murray, Fi Glover, Jane Garvey, Miranda Sawyer and Jennifer Saunders and assume that there isn’t a problem. Yet despite this list of luminaries, there are a host of other talented and driven women who find it extremely difficult to get the break their talents truly merit. Continue reading
It takes many years to become an elite-level athlete; years of absolute dedication, total commitment, and more than a little personal sacrifice. It can be a solitary occupation and thankless task. There’s little in the way of financial help or encouragement, and athletes are often forced to beg, steal or borrow just to make ends meet so that they can continue to compete at the highest levels. Fortunately times have changed: the London Olympics has certainly helped there. Athletic performance is now valued, and those who reach the very top know that they stand to gain substantial recompense and be held in the highest esteem by their fellow countrymen if they come away with a gold medal this summer. But spare a thought for those who haven’t quite reached that elite level yet, and don’t qualify for the Sport England Elite Athlete Funding. Continue reading
Vince cable, the UK business secretary, proudly announced in November, 2010, that the coalition government would make every effort to help small businesses and start-ups prosper. To that end Mr Cable announced plans to recruit 40,000 volunteer Continue readingto help these fledgling companies get a foot on the ladder. The business secretary stated at the time that “ is a very effective way of promoting start-ups and producing higher productivity and growth among established businesses.” However, seventeen months on from that announcement, it has emerged that just 16,000 mentors have volunteered their services or been trained for the role. It appears that the department involved has had great difficulty persuading business leaders to take on extra mentoring work free of charge.
There are estimated to be approximately 1 million young people under the age of 24 out of work in the UK at the present. This estimate maybe substantially underplaying the scale of the problem, when you factor in that this headline figure doesn’t take account of either students or those who are not actively seeking work. The government has tried various initiatives to resolve this problem, but has so far failed to deliver any suitable solution. Contrast this with what’s happening on the Channel island of Jersey, where a record number of 16 to 19 year olds have been offered work as part of a government training scheme. A substantial number of these trainees have subsequently progressed from training and gone on to be offered full time work. Why has Jersey succeeded where the UK has seemingly so spectacularly failed? Well, it appears the answer may simply be down to Continue readingand training.
The terms Continue readingand coaching are often conflated or used interchangeably by many people. We often mistakenly assume that they are in fact one and the same thing. To some extent it’s understandable as both and business coaching programmes involve confidential one-to-one relationships between a mentee and a trusted adviser, and both can focus on either personal development, career development, or occasionally a combination of the two. Quite often a coach can also function as a . But, can a mentor ever truly function as a coach?
Are we ever likely to see a woman rule the Whitehouse in the short to medium term? Well, if you believe the words of U.S. Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, then the answer is most definitely no. Ms Gillibrand believes that a woman will more likely serve as chief executive officer at one of the five biggest U.S. banks before the nation gets its first female president. Speaking at a Continue readingevent at Radio City Music Hall in New York, designed to develop and promote leadership by women in business and politics, the Senator argued that although there is no longer a woman still running for president this year, there are already women at mid-level banks, specifically women like KeyCorp CEO, Beth Mooney. Mooney, 56, the KeyCorp (KEY) executive, last year became the first female CEO among the 20 largest independent U.S. banks. The Cleveland-based company is ranked as Ohio’s second-largest lender.
DERBY is one of a number of towns and cities that are bidding for a slice of a £1 government-funded million pot, aimed at breathing new life back into Britain’s high streets. Local business chiefs are currently working on the application, which if successful, will secure the city ‘Portas Pilot’ status. The cash was offered by the government in response to a number of initiatives suggested by retail guru and television celebrity Mary Portas. The 12 winners of the funding will be announced in May, 2012. Continue reading
Northern Soho, a creative collaborative movement, has been building on its fine work in the North West and is set to launch a series of initiatives in 2012 in the Manchester region designed to encourage businesses to team up with creative talent. At the heart of the new scheme to encourage collaboration lie an innovative Continue readingscheme, an Olympic-inspired Creative Championships and a new multi-function website.