Flexible Working's The Way Forward
11th April 2018 Lindsey Fish, Mums Enterprise Roadshow
A personal insight from Lindsey Fish sharing her thoughts on how to make the world of work more attractiuve whilst raising a family at the same time.
In my heart of hearts, I believe that flexible working is the answer to happier parents and happier children. It’s something I am so passionate about and as the Founder of Mum’s Enterprise Roadshow, I’m determined to ensure that our events have as a hugely positive impact on all of the people attending them.
Raising a family isn’t easy and this support shouldn’t just be for women either. I think the whole world of work needs to change and I truly believe it will. The 9-5 is just not the way to work anymore, I mean people who work 9-5 don’t really shut off at 5pm. People work non-stop, especially if they have access to work on their phones and laptops at home. It’s really frustrating and talent is going to be an increasing challenge for UK businesses, to find and keep.
My story is similar to millions of other mums across the UK. After having my first child I didn’t want to return to my corporate career, drop a day and take a 20% cut in salary whilst paying for childcare 11 hours a day. So I faced the conundrum of what to do about work once my maternity leave was over. I had been working at that time for over 15 years in events, sales and marketing and I was adamant I didn’t want all that to go to waste.
I started to look at all my options. Should go part time? Do I become a stay at home mum? Should I get a lower paid local job? Is there anything I can do from home or should I start my own business? I decided to do the latter and in 2014 I opened my own event management company.
I could see mums all around facing the same dilemma and asking themselves the same questions. It was in 2015 I had the ‘light bulb’ moment. My thing is events and there are so many mums out there facing the same dilemmas that I am experiencing. I realised in that moment, that I could connect mums to the support, services and opportunities I knew were out there by organising an event and so the Mums Enterprise Roadshow was born.
That all seems like a lifetime ago but also like yesterday, when I had my first daughter, during maternity leave I launched a business, which later led to the Mum’s Enterprise Roadshow idea, even then I wasn’t unique in anyway. Thousands if not millions of mums had already faced the same dilemma and were doing something about it.
The ‘mum economy’ ‘flexible work’ and ‘gender equality’ movement has certainly gathered pace since 2014 and I am proud to have launched a platform at just the right time. Three years ago for game changers, true opportunities, expertise and support to showcase themselves to be seen and heard. Without Mum’s Enterprise thousands of women would have never known any of it ever existed, or most importantly wouldn’t realise that they really are not alone.
In the UK millions of women have talents, skills and experience simply going to waste. The longer you are from the working world the harder it is to remember how good you were at your day job.
Our events are all about helping women realise that they can use their years of experience, talents and passions for their own fulfilment and profit success and by 2020, I intend to prove that Mums Enterprise has positively helped the UK economy by increasing the number of female start-up’s in the UK, enhanced job creation in female led businesses and helped families across the UK access and be placed in more family friendly roles.
This year, our first Mums Enterprise Roadshow will be a one-day event, taking place on Wednesday 20th June at Event City in Manchester. Following this, Mums Enterprise Roadshow London will be our first ever two-day event in London in the larger venue; Olympia London which will take place from Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September 2018.
We anticipate that 10,500 parents will attend over the two events. To find out more about the Mums Enterprise Roadshow Visit www.mumsenterprise.events
Many family firms across the UK are well versed in providing flexible working opportunities but clearly more needs to be done and the team here at FBU are happyto support Lindsey on her journey creating opportunities for many others too.