Sarah Evans and Denise Friend

Birmingham business and financial advisors, Friend Partnership hosted an event at its Brindleyplace offices to mark the launch of a new report into the challenges facing women in business today.

The event unveiled the findings of a new research study entitled ‘Women in Business – can we truly have it all?’ commissioned by Friend to uncover and understand the difficulties faced by women in the workplace and the businesses looking to employ skilled female colleagues.

Hosting the event was founder of Friend Partnership by Denise Friend, and brought together a group of inspirational, successful women in business from a range of professions and organisations.

This included representatives from the businesses which supported the research, including King Edwards High School Birmingham, Michael Page, NatWest and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Work.

Chairing the discussions about the research findings was Sarah Evans OBE, an educational commentator and former Principal of King Edward VI High School for Girls, who led the research study alongside Denise.

Guest speaker was Sarah Cooper Jones, Regional Director for RBS Corporate & Commercial Banking, who shared her journey to finding the right work / life balance for her, and cited flexible and agile working as a key factor in her success.

To view or download the report in full, click here.

L: R – Marianne Daniels (Jaguar Land Rover); Toni Palmer (Friend Partnership)

L:R – Sheri Hughes (Page Group); Hannah Kassimi (Page Group)

L: R – Julia Gracheva (Friend MTS); Judy Dyke (Tyndallwoods)

L:R – Saranne Jones (Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust); Denise Friend (Friend Partnership)

L: R – Janette Rawlinson (Just Real Solutions); Alyson Poulson (NatWest); Denise Friend (Friend Partnership)

L: R – Ann Clark (KEHS); Adelaide Bailey (KEHS); Sarah Cooper-Jones (RBS)

Sarah Evans OBE

L: R – Christine Thomas (Marble Alley Dental Practice); Denise Friend (Friend Partnership)

Sarah Cooper-Jones (RBS)