Women in business lobby network to target government

The Accelerating Change Network was founded by Kitty Parry, following a drive from a group of leading women in the City to address the needs of women in business. To mark the formation of the ACN, a leading array of women in the City gathered at an event held at the House of Commons, in May 2011. The line-up of esteemed professionals showing their support to the initiative included: Kate Garraway, Helena Morrissey, Lynne Franks, Caroline Dinenage MP, Tracey Borman, Karine Luckraft, Gemma Godfrey and Debra Willliams.

The ACN has been designed to help support and propel women seeking to broaden horizons, and career opportunities within business. Whether this is via access to government or a platform to get their voices, initiatives and most importantly, tangible solutions heard, the ACN will encourage and aid such notions.

Women no longer have to prove their contribution to British industry, evidenced by a number of recent reports. A review by Lord Davies concluded there was a “clear business case” for increasing the number of female Directors on Boards of companies. Similarly, a recent report from the Global Management Consultancy – McKinsey, showed that companies with a higher proportion of women in senior positions are more likely to achieve greater stock market growth. The ACN believes these findings show that women not only enhance business, but also play a key role in stimulating the economy.

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