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#mumsmakeithappen by Lucy Griffin-Stiff

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

Before I set up Leading Conversations and Starting Conversations (my two businesses) I was consulting in the city. I’ve spent the best part of two decades helping big businesses achieve their goals using the power of communication, employee engagement and cultural change.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

I think your whole mindset changes once you become a Mum. You have to put your child’s needs first, you can’t help it. You gain a new perspective on what’s important, and what you have to prioritise.

When I was pregnant with Elsie, I was spending almost 5 hours a day commuting to Canary Wharf and back! I had a really good job, a six figure salary, but I knew I couldn’t go back to doing the same. Not if I wanted to be around for my daughter.

If I went back to...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Lynne Geary

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 Before I had children I was a local government accountant and had progressed well in my career to Accountancy Manager and had my sights on Head of Finance at some point. Then a lot of changes started to occur within local government and accountancy in general and I started to enjoy the job less. This coincided with me having my two children quite close together. My return to work after by youngest was a disaster. I returned to find my maternity cover was remaining and there effectively was no job for me. I was bored, unchallenged and paying a fortune for childcare while I sat and largely did nothing all day. So I quite.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

 My priorities definitely changed. Spending time with them and seeing them grow became so much more important than a high...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Soma Ghosh

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I worked as professional careers adviser and my work background mainly consisted of working within the education sector in schools and further education colleges. I have also worked in colleges as a learning mentor and attendance adviser.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

 I don’t currently have children at present but I do hope to be a mum one day and have been married since 2013.

 3.       What inspired your business idea?

My business idea was inspired by me going through redundancy. When I was made, redundant I was transferred over to a new role in the same company. It was a time where I was unsure about who I really was and was constantly questioning what I should be doing. After leaving this job because of an interest of...

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#mumsmakeithappen by - Yvette Ankrah

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.  Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I have worked in marketing and business development for over 20 years. I trained as a journalist before moving into public relations and then worked in marketing and business development across the arts, voluntary sector and education sectors. I trained in coaching and mentoring whilst in employment. I found I was using coaching and mentoring skills with colleagues and also with marketing consultancy clients and decided to focus more on that area.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

I no longer wanted to do a long commute into London from Essex and this business started because I became a mother.

 3.       What inspired your business idea?

I switched from working with organisations to women in business because of the women I was meeting at mother and baby groups!  I met...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Louise Cartwright-Orr

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I wouldn’t say that I had a career before working for myself – I became a holistic therapist some 20 years ago and have continued my studying journey ever since – qualifiying in several therapies, I went back to college when I was a single mum and then started at Uni studying to become a midwife but that didn’t work out because my kids were too small. I went on to work part time in an office and studied my personal training and fitness qualifications along with nutrition and then most recently my NLP and Time Line Therapy Cert. 

2.       What changed within you when you had children?

Having my children was not a happy time for me. I remember thinking that I was 26 with 2 kids, no prospects, an unhappy marriage and “was this it”. I suffered with severe PND and I...

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A letter to ALL Mums

Uncategorized Feb 03, 2017

Dear Mum,

I need to start by telling you how amazing you are - yes you!

Whether you’re a stay at home mum, a career-committed mum, or a mum in business…it makes no difference in my eyes.

As mums we come in all different shapes and sizes, from different walks of life, of different nationalities, with different beliefs, faiths, ethnic origins and views of the world.

We are all on different journeys and choose to walk different paths often to the beat of a different drum.

And thank goodness we are all so different - wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we were all made from the same batch of dough and looked like identical cookie-cutter gingerbread-mums!

I know you’re different to me in so many ways, and I’m happy about that. Our differences should be celebrated, that’s what makes the world a rich and wonderful place to live.

We do however all have one thing, one very important thing, in common. We all want the best for our children, and...

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Letter to a Mum in Business who feels INVISIBLE

inspiration Feb 01, 2017

Dear Mum in business,

I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling invisible. I want to reassure you - you’re not alone! We all go through that visibility pain barrier at some point.

I believe that everyone, including you, deserves to feel seen, heard and understood, especially by the people they care about. Now, we might not have any worries at all when it comes to being seen and heard by our loved ones or meeting new people and making friends in our personal life, but it can be a totally different kettle of fish when it comes to business.

“Visibility” might not be a word you’ve often heard or used before you became a mum in business, but now suddenly you’re hearing it all the time. It seems that all the experts are talking about it and everyone on every street corner is offering a 7-step solution to make it happen for you.

I can imagine you might be feeling a bit anxious, overwhelmed or perhaps down right terrified. Are you wishing you could just keep...

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What does it mean to be empowered?

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2016

Quite often I see the question being asked about what it really means to be empowered.

I asked my own community a while back, after all my whole personal mission and the Mpower brand is about empowering mums in business...it's so much more than just being 'powerful' or 'successful'!

I got a whole range of wonderful answers, so here's a selection of what came back from the Mpower community, and I'll also share my own personal definition of an empowered woman based on the empowered women I am blessed to be surrounded by...

For me 'empower' means I have the confidence and clarity to claim the life I choose to live on my own terms ~ Rayah

I feel empowered when I am in my "groove". Everything is free flowing and easy! What does this give me? Peace, happiness, makes my family and personal relationships easier. I feel more excited about my work and then I am able to offer a better quality service. Ultimately, I think it might be a feeling of achievement and the glow I get from that, in any...

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How to Get Off The Stress and Overwhelm Rollercoaster!

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2016

(by Emily Thorpe, Mpower Facilitator, West Sussex)

Have you ever had one of those days?

You know the ones you would rather forget.

  • Those days when you’ve got so much to do there’s a feeling of panic and tightness in your chest.
  • Those days when it seems everything is conspiring against you and you’re looking for a hidden camera because you feel so set up.
  • Those days when you’re so behind the curve, it feels like you’re wading through treacle.
  • Or even those days when you promise yourself you’re not going to shout at the kids but by 7:35 you’ve broken your promise!

I've had plenty of those days in fact there were times I had more of those days than the amazing days.

Ah, the amazing days…

  • When I am so super organized that everything flows beautifully.
  • When I have time. Time to do the chores, time to ‘be’ with the kids, time to catch up with friends, time to do things I love too.
  • When I am so calm and relaxed, I can handle...
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Mumpreneurs empowering the UK economy to the tune of £7bn

business Jun 21, 2016

The days when mums in business are thought of as just bored housewives dabbling with a hobby are truly numbered! The mums behind the rise of the "mum-economy", businesses owned by women with children under 18, are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the UK economy. 

Businesses run by mothers with children aged 18 or under are generating £7.2bn for the UK economy and supporting 204,000 jobs last year, an increasse of 30% since 2011.

What's more, this is not just a fleeting trend. 

By 2025, the report claims that mums in business will generate £9.5bn for the UK and support an extra 13,000 employees, taking the total jobs created by mumpreneurs to 217,600.

“Improved connectivity and growing digital literacy is enabling ambitious, business-minded mums, to realise and pursue successful enterprises," said Sarah Calcott, chief operating officer of eBay.

"Not only are these entrepreneurial businesswomen building...

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