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A flexible approach can benefit both employees and employers

Returning to work after having children can be difficult for women but sound advice and support make this easier.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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In 2004, as 2 mothers with years of professional experience behind them, Emma Stewart and Karen Mattison wanted to find quality part time employment. But no joy. So they launched a social enterprise, Women Like Us, to support women going back to work after having children – specifically into part-time roles.

Fast forward 10 years to today, and the pair have created a range of businesses under the name Timewise, each one of which aims to help employers recognise the benefits of part-time flexible work. More than 50,000 candidates and 2,000 employers are on their books.

Emma of Timewise speaks about the benefits of part-time working

Emma Stewart, Timewise, speaking on the benefits of part time work

The GREAT business campaign is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy and has a wealth of information for employers and about the government support available. There are also some terrific case studies on the GREAT business website demonstrating the vital role that small businesses play in the UK economy.

Published 7 August 2014