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Claire McDonald on what’s important

Born: Lewisham Your current role: Global head of operations and global practice leader, Allianz Multinational – at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. I look after insurance...
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Inspirational Women in Risk – Sian Fisher

This month we hear from Sian Fisher, CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute, on how she gives the organisation an authentic sense of purpose...
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Who needs a dragon when there’s angels around? An interview with...

KWIB spoke to Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO of UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) and award-winning facilitator of SMEs. We got to know all about...
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Top tips in recruitment

Hiring the right person for the job can be an expensive and time consuming process. The last thing that you want to do is...
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‘Self-less’ workers and the rise of robots

With the impending doom of automation in the workplace, KWIB asks what it means for our jobs, and what it means for our self-worth. Let...
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Measuring your business for investment

You need to set a ‘pre-money valuation’ before you seek equity financing.­­­ This is because the investor needs to know how much of the...
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Inspirational Women in Risk – Barbara Schönhofer MBE

Born in Elmers End, Beckenham, Kent, our Inspirational Woman in Risk interview this month is with Barbara Schönhofer MBE, CEO Schönhofer and chairman of Insurance...
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The benefits of singing as a team building exercise

Team building exercises are intended to develop understanding and respect between staff, as well as increasing productivity levels and morale within the team. After...
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The “Gender” ration Game

Why being born female is bad for your financial wealth Back in January I wrote about how shocked I’d been at reading the Chartered Insurance...
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An interview with Victoria Usher

It was a wet grey Monday morning as I made my way through the Pantiles at Tunbridge Wells heading towards the offices of GingerMay...
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Inspirational Women in Risk – Theresa Farrenson

Born in Winchester, Hampshire, our Inspirational Woman in Risk interview this month is with Theresa Farrenson, technology business partner at Aon. Your current role/short bio: Technology...

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How women can close the gender pay gap

UK companies with 250+ employees are now legally required to publish their gender pay gap data. And some already have... Goldman Sachs, for example,...

What the pay gap looks like in Britain

The deadline for all businesses employing more than 250 people to reveal their Gender Pay Gap data is now upon us and a hot...
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Inspirational Women in Risk – Dame Inga Beale

If you were ever looking for an industry as a last bastion where men in navy blue suits dominate and there are challenges around...
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Wowed by Working Women – Mum and Working Awards

It is appropriate that in the same week as International Women’s Day, that What’s On 4 Ltd held their Mum and Working Awards hosted...

Can Introverts be great speakers?

Professional speaking coach Aly Harrold shares her views on why she thinks introverts make the best speakers and provides tips to help both those...

Having children is career suicide

It’s a sad state of affairs that in the twenty-first century, we’re seeing quotes like this. But we’re not surprised. Flexible roles still seem...

Changing perceptions

With the male-dominated financial services industry often held up as an example of gender inequality in business, Evette Orams, Managing Director of Hilton-Baird Financial...

Autumn 2017 Awards!

Getting nominated, celebrating excellence, mingling with the ‘movers and the shakers’ and those fabulous women making it all happen! By Suzanne Borrell On October 4...

The Rules of Engagement – Lulu Prima

Back to Basics: A refresher to reignite your enthusiasm for engaging with your customers. As a newbie to the KWIB team, I thought I could...

The demo day

The Hosts story: I’m not going to lie to you, the thought of a vacuum demonstration didn’t fill me with the joy of spring (or...

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Facing the future head on

An Englishman, an Italian, and an Icelander walk into a bar. As the committee of the University of Kent’s European Law Students’ Association (ELSA),...

Thinking small

SMEs are often described as the life blood of the UK economy. But what do these business owners and their insurance providers really think...

Blurring boundaries – The challenge of working at home

I was born and grew up in Kent, a Kentish Maid no less. I moved to Buckinghamshire aged 18, when I left home to...

Introducing our new Wine Man, Stuart McCloskey

Whilst writing my debut article for this exciting, although rather daunting position (given the all-female readership, which is a new one for me) I...

Wellbeing Warriors

Raising the profile of workplace wellbeing The issue of workplace wellbeing is increasingly becoming a headline focus for businesses in Kent but do senior leaders...

Relaunching YOU from the inside out

I was wondering what to write about for my first article and then I got to thinking about the relaunch of the Women in...

NHS. Is it broken?

The UK has changed beyond recognition since the birth of the NHS in 1948. The population has grown, people are living longer, and prior...

Making a breakthrough

As a woman in business, you’ve probably attended at least one female-focused networking or support event. What did you think of it? Was it...

Funny Women – How laughter helps you go the extra mile

Success can be measured in many ways. My personal measure of somebody who is successful in life, work and all things, is a joyful...

Sometimes the best ideas are the completely BONKERS ones.

Nineteen years ago, my mum had the bonkers idea to use strips of plaster bandage to capture the shape of my enormous pregnant belly. Three...

Kent Women in Business Awards 2017

The 5th Kent Women in Business Awards has shown once again, that Business Women in this county are prepared to go above and beyond...

The gender debate – How far have we come?

Two years ago, we wanted to test the temperature of the world of business in the first ever Gender Debate. Dice Matrix Consulting and Ditto...

Fry on fashion

I’ve not only dipped my toes in the fashion world, I jumped in, head first, swallowed a ton of water but managed to doggy...

Lembit Öpik: a life less ordinary

Lembit Opik is famous for many things, a regular panelist on ‘Have I Got News for you’, the MP with the wonky jaw, the...

How to use LinkedIn to maximise sales

Many people don’t realise it, but LinkedIn is probably one of the most underused and undervalued resources for bringing in a steady and compounding...

The Business Café

95% of the UK’s Business population is a Micro Business. In fact 75% of those are sole traders. The heroes of our economy, amazing...

New to Leadership?

Is there such a thing as a natural born leader? Leaders are people who inspire others to take action, who instil confidence in people's...

Marketing or PR?

What's the difference? Why do I need both? Marketing and PR… what’s the difference? Which one do we need in our business? Which one is...

Dame Kelly Holmes and Cafe 1809

When we first featured Kent’s own Dynamic Dame, Kelly Holmes, on the cover of the third edition of KWIB magazine, we knew she was...

Constructive Career Development

People who forge ahead in a successful career have adopted certain levels of behaviour that help them stay one step ahead of the competition;...

10 behaviours of un-stoppable entrepreneurs

 There are different types of people; those who talk about their great ideas but never get started, those that give up at the first...

Should you appear in a fly on the wall documentary?

Reality TV used to mean being locked in a house built by Channel 4, alongside individuals with no discernable talent, other than being mediocre...

The 7 most common interview questions… and how to answer them

Earlier in 2015 we ran a survey questioning both interviewers and interviewees about the most common questions they ask or have been asked. Here’s...

Give your business the S factor

Success isn’t a ‘given’ when you start a business, it’s something that is achieved when you know where you’re heading and have identified the...

Crowdfunding for Creatives

You have a creative idea, it costs money to get it off the ground, money that you don't have to invest. Is there any...

Learning The Language of Business

If you asked a hundred warriors on the Business Battlefield what brought them here, you'd get a hundred different answers - but we can...

Funny Women Rising

I have been battling with the misconception that women aren’t funny for over 13 years. Sometimes it seems longer, because it is still harder...

Is cash not the same as profit?

For many, this is so confusing – if  a company is profitable, does this not mean that these profits are in the bank? You hear...

Customer Experience vs Customers’ Experience

Customer Experience or CX is defined in Wikipedia as the “product of an interaction between an organization and a customer (business or consumer) over...

Top tips before signing an agreement for your business premises

There are many different type of leases or agreements for occupying business premises, whether offices, retail, industrial or something else. The more traditional arrangement is...

Introducing Sophie Walker

"The political landscape is changing..." The Women’s Equality Party (WEP), was co-founded earlier this year by author and journalist, Catherine Mayer, and broadcaster and author,...

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