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Women in Business Survey: can we truly have it all?

Women in Business Survey: can we truly have it all?
October 10, 2018 Lucy Wharton

Denise Friend, founder of Friend Partnership – a V Formation marketing and PR consultancy client – is using her expertise to help to spearhead a unique piece of research into the challenges faced by women in the workplace.

Denise is a Chartered Accountant, Corporate Financier and a mother and, since the 1980s, has been an adviser to many female entrepreneurs. With the number of women in employment in the UK continuing to rise, she asks if women need to be realistic about what they can achieve in their careers and when they can achieve it. In her blogpost – Do women mean business? – Denise proposes that women quite possibly can have it all – but perhaps not all at the same time.

To investigate the issue, Denise has joined forces with former Principal at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham, Sarah Evans, to launch a survey. Sarah is a regular commentator on how educational experiences and the ethos of individual schools can help to encourage and shape future female leaders and was awarded an OBE for her Services to Education in the 2014 Honours List.

To complete the Women in Business Survey, please click here.

Denise and Sarah’s anonymous survey seeks to understand the challenges faced by women in the workplace and also those faced by businesses looking to employ talented female colleagues. They are keen to hear about the challenges women have faced, the successes they have achieved and the sacrifices they have made along the way. The survey also examines the level of flexibility in the workplace, and whether there is still room for employers to improve.

V Formation Director, Hilary Campton said:

“The Women in Business survey is a fantastic initiative which aims to report on how the landscape for working women has changed over recent generations.

“Denise and Sarah also aim to use the research to gain an understanding of the sentiment of both female employees and female employers in the current climate, and to identify potential areas for improvement in the workplace.”

All responses are anonymous unless you choose to share your story. The full report will be published online at and all participants will receive a preview copy by email if contact details are provided at the end of the survey. All data will be kept safe and not used for anything other than talking to you about this survey.

For each completed response, Friend Partnership will make a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.