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Arguably, there’s never been a better time to be a woman in the finance industry. With just over 1,300 partners at financial services companies being female and new anti-discrimination laws in place, British women who want to enter this lucrative and rewarding profession can now do so with way fewer barriers than before. But with some women who work in Britain’s £119bn finance sector still unfortunately reporting instances of harassment, discrimination and more, there’s still a need to look up to successful women finance leaders and borrow from their example in order to get ahead in what can be a cut-throat world. 

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The female-owned startup is on the rise and some pretty neat products and services are coming to the fore, breathing fresh new life into the business world. Around 45% more women went into business in the last decade and the figure seems to increase as women leap at the chance of escaping the corporate grind in favour of pursuing their own thing. But it takes a special set of skills in order to achieve this feat. In order to get the most out of a business venture, it’s important to employ some effective mind tricks to overcome even the toughest mental obstacles.

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The UK’s leading local services marketplace has analysed data from more than 400,000 British businesses and three million job requests, to reveal which businesses will be the most successful to start in 2019, based on supply and demand. Dog and pet grooming tops the list, with only 20% of job requests finding a professional on average across the country, indicating there is not enough supply in the sector.

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Competency-based interviews (those seeking to elicit how you may have showed core competencies for a job in your past) are the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to interviews, and it is particularly important for women seeking leadership positions, to highlight core competencies. One large-scale review on women in both the UK and the US has shown that “Women are likely to undervalue the skill levels of their jobs, whereas men tend not to do so.” Related research on gender differences shows that men and women do not actually differ significantly in the competencies they possess.

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A leading London-based fund has kick-started a campaign to improve investment equality between male and female founders. Currently, just 4% of more than 4,000 pitch decks and enquiries for investment received by the fund over the last four years have been from companies with female founders and just 13% with female founding members. The London-based VC firm surveyed the female founders from its decks on why they haven’t sought investment previously, more than half said they feared they wouldn’t be taken seriously.

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Over six hundred inspirational women came together today to highlight and celebrate the achievements of their peers from across the UK.

The 36th annual Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards drew a star-studded audience to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole to see four accolades presented.

Sally Preston, founder and Managing Director of Kiddylicious, scooped the Business Woman of the Year award at the event.

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Nominations are Open for Global Thinkers Forum’s 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala

 

London, October, 2018 – Global Thinkers Forum has opened the nominations for 8 categories in this year’s 2018 Awards for Excellence. To commemorate the centennial of the Suffragette movement, the theme of the awards is Women: 100 Years of Passion and Purpose. This year’s awards ceremony will honour eight women who have made a significant contribution and played an inspirational role in furthering women in the areas of:

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