This is our very own blog, where you can find out what's going on in the run-up to WorkFest. We'll update you on all the behind the scenes activity at WorkFest HQ and share our latest news and exciting announcements.
12/06/13 - "NOTHING kills a career like walking away from it - or so we're always told."
Julianne Miles has also written an interesting and motivational blog about, the steps women should take to help them get back into work.
29/05/13- Meet mums who have turned their business idea into reality
As part of their activities at Workfest, our main sponsors Barclays, will be introducing you to some entrepreneurial mums they've helped along the way.
Laura Kemp is one of these. She gave up her career with a prestigious motor retailer to work more flexibly around her family, and formed multi-award winning business ChocCards 5 years ago with her Mum, as a 'spare-time' project that was enjoyable and made the best of their individual skills. Neither had predicted the way in which ChocCards would take off and in particular the popularity of their unique chocolate bars for businesses.
After winning the Barclays Take One Small Step award in 2011, Laura sold her other business to focus on growing ChocCards. With the support of their Barclays' business advisor they've gone on to develop a new website that enables customers to design their own products and by sourcing local suppliers, expanding their product range and working flexibly with freelance chocolate wrappers they have ensured ChocCards' future
24/5/2013 – JUST IN: James Caan to headline WorkFest
We are bowled over to announce that James Caan, one of the UK's most dynamic and successful entrepreneurs and former panellist on Dragons' Den will be headlining WorkFest on 15 June.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear from someone who has been there and done it time and time again.
22/5/2013 – Thomasina Miers, MasterChef winner and co-founder of Wahaca Restaurants, to speak at WorkFest
The fabulous Thomasina Miers confirms her appearance at WorkFest. Tommi (who is a Mum of two and currently on maternity leave) will be talking about her varied career that's ranged from working in VAT consultancy and digital strategy and winning MasterChef to launching a chain of successful restaurants.
13/5/2013 – Asda confirm their partner sponsorship of WorkFest
We are happy to announce that Asda will be a partner sponsor of Mumsnet WorkFest alongside Honda. Asda will be creating a dedicated George Style Area where you will have the opportunity to pick the brains of their fashion and buying team and try on a range of great clothes. More information about this space to be announced soon so stay tuned.
15/4/13- Another new speaker has been announced today
We are pleased to announce that Amanada Mackenzie, Chief Marketing and Communications Office of Aviva plc will be joinining our opening keynote panel, which already consists of Mumsnet CEO Justine Roberts, Elle Magazine editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy, Head teacher at John Gaunt School in Oxford Sarah Brinkley, Observer Journalist Gaby Hinsliff and CEO of Belu water Karen Lynch.
With such a dynamic mix of women discussing 'How do you do it all?' This session will be inspirational and empowering, the perfect way to set the tone of the day, don't you agree?
15/4/13 - Early bird offer expires on Sunday 22nd
If you haven't already snapped up your EarlyBird ticket, fear not you've still got a few days to do so. Book by midnight on Sunday to save £20 on our must-attend event for anyone who is returning to work post maternity or a career break, looking to change jobs or start your own business.
In the sumptuous surroundings of Bafta, you'll hear from inspiring women and career experts who will be there throughout the day to see you individually and answer all your work related questions. All this plus a delicious lunch and the opportunity to meet working parents, entrepreneurs and experts. Hope to see you there...
5/4/2013 - Barclays is offering you the chance to have your company logo and business card designed for FREE!
We are excited to announce that WorkFest sponsor Barclays has launched an exclusive competition which is only open to WorkFest attendees. One lucky winner will have their company logo and business card designed for free by fellow mum of three and graphic designer Gabrielle Imerson from Public UK design agency, who started up her own business 10 years ago.
All you have to do is have a go at designing your own business card for your new business – be as innovative as you can, e.g. it doesn't have to be a standard shape, nor does it have to be made out of card!!! You can use any material you like to make it – your children's crayons, play doh – use your imagination, and stand out from the crowd. Bring your card along to the Barclays stand at the WorkFest and the winner will be judged on innovation and originality by our inspirational speaker – Geoff Ramm.
This competition will only lasts for the day of the event (June 15th 2013), and closes at 4pm. Please read the Terms and Conditions.
03/04/13 – New speakers announced
Karen Lynch, CEO of 'ethical' water company Belu, will be joining our opening keynote panel to discuss, 'How do you do it all?'. Each of our speakers on this first panel session of the day will be discussing their unique set of experiences of being a working mother rising to the top of their profession – prepare to be inspired at this must-see session.
Check out the new information about Career Clinic – during the day delegates can get top notch one-to-one advice from our group of experts. We're delighted that Daisy Griffith has signed up to participate in Career Clinic to answer all your social media related queries
25/3/13 – Tickets are selling fast...
We're delighted that the launch of Mumsnet Workfest has resonated with so many of you – ticket sales have got off to a flying start. If you've not yet booked – please take advantage of our early bird offer to save 20% on the ticket price.
This week, we've been fine-tuning the programme, barrister Lydia Seymour will be joing the 'Flexible Working' panel. We've also added a session on 'Franchising' which will be led by Katie Moffat of Pyjama Drama, for those of you who are interested in finding out more about this as a flexible career option.
18/3/13 – Watch this space for more announcements of speakers and sessions.
Check here regularly for updates on our latest confirmed speakers and for interesting links and relevant WorkFest content that you may want to refer to ahead of the event.
Heather McGregor who will be heading 'The importance of a great CV' session, explains to the Guardian why she believes working from home is the future. In this artice she addresses the importance of trust in any business, flexible working and the disadvantages of the digital age.
Keep an eye on this space for more updates on the progress of WorkFest 2013. And if you're keen to join us, register now.