New research to explore challenges facing women in business

A new unique piece of research is set to explore and identify the challenges faced by women in the workplace, such as juggling careers, family and other commitments.


Led by Denise Friend, the founder of business advisory and accountancy practice, Friend Partnership Limited, in partnership with Sarah Evans OBE, former Principal at King Edward VI High School for Girls, the survey will investigate whether women need to be realistic about what they can achieve in their careers and when they can achieve it.



The anonymous survey seeks to understand the difficulties faced by women in the workplace as well as those faced by businesses looking to employ skilled female colleagues.


It examines the amount of flexibility in the workplace, and whether there is still room for employers to improve.


Denise is using her expertise to launch the ‘Women in Business’ research as she explains:


“It is vital that we identify the challenges women are currently facing in the workplace as the number of women in employment in the UK continues to rise. More and more women are now having to juggle having careers, a family and many other commitments. The pressures on our time are becoming ever greater.


“It may well be the case that women quite possibly can have it all – but perhaps not all at the same time.


“We work with many successful businesses and we believe it is crucial that hurdles to career progression and business success faced by females are recognised, challenged and broken down – and that ambitious SMEs are given the support they need to be able to attract and retain talented female employees.


“We would like to hear about your experiences, so we can report on how the landscape for working women has changed over recent generations, and to understand the sentiment of both employees and employers in the current climate.


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


Sarah Evans has served on a number of independent schools’ national committees and was awarded an OBE for her Services to Education in the 2014 Honours List. She adds:


“Through the survey, we want to find out about the struggles women have faced, the successes they have achieved and the sacrifices they have made along the way.


“Our research is also very interested in the impact that education has on career progression and success and how educational experiences and the ethos of individual schools can help to shape and encourage future female leaders.”


All responses to the survey are anonymous, unless participants choose to share their story. The full report on the findings of the survey 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.

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Author: Editorial Team

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