Covid Redundancies – what next?

We are pretty aware that a lot of you aren’t having the easiest time at the moment with redundancies primarily in the engineering sector that we’ve spotted. Rather than allowing you to give up, we took a look around for the best places for support and we’ve found that the national careers service site has it pretty well covered.. (which saves us some effort!).

This page for example offers:

  • Redundancy advice: explains your rights during redundancy – how to recognise if it’s legal as it may be insolvency and they also share a link to ACAS.
  • Redundancy and furlough: If you were made redundant after the end of February then there are options for companies to rehire and then furlough you which may be worth looking into.
  • Manage your money: It has information on what monies you may be eligible for and financial planning tools.
  • Retrain or improve your skills: Obviously we are big on this with our workshop offerings and are big on apprenticeships and online training which you can find on our previous newsletters and on our training links page here.
  • Look for work: shares advice on where to look – and we agree that using the multiple networks in the area such as the codehub slack or attending the meetups. Also structuring your day to dedicate set times to apply is a great idea.
  • Help and support: They offer help and support – and likewise Women’s Tech Hub is here to support you so if you are interested come speak to us and also check out the jobs on our Jobsboard or send us your details and we can add you to our candidate’s list.

The good news is that companies are starting to hire again so its worth getting your CV together and speaking to us, as while we are working directky with some companies, we have lots of others that we are friends with and are aware that are looking to fill places. Our first priority is always towards our members and helping you all into great careers, so if you are concerned just come and have a chat.

Workshop Wednesday & All the rest

We will finally take a break as the next one falls on Bank holiday week and we are expecting most people to be taking a break. We will be back on the 9th and will be ramping up with presentations too. Girl Geek Dinners and Women Tech Founders as well as a new Monday slot called Manic Mondays to replace Free 3 Fridays will all be coming to an online place near you too, so watch this space while we get on with the organising. In the meantime contact us directly if you want some support or just a chat on

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Interesting Watching and listening

Building alliances in your product strategy to drive users and customers growth

In this webinar, Charmain will share her experiences on what it means to build a successful product through collective intelligence. We’ll hear how Charmain built and scaled QuickDesk with elite partners who have different but complementary specializations to her own, and how this combined expertise plus real market understanding has led them to develop a product that delivers.

Call for papers for the IOT Security Foundation Conference

Building on the success of previous years, the 6th Annual IoT Security Foundation Conference is a four-day virtual event that has grown a loyal global following from the IoT stakeholder communities. IoTSF has built a reputation for delivering high-calibre conference programmes by providing a holistic view of the threat landscape, showcasing real world examples of fit-for-purpose security implementation and educating delegates on the tools available to build secure, buy secure and be secure

IoTSF encourages diversity and enables inclusivity; we invite you to submit proposals on any subject matter which you feel is important, interesting or relevant across a number of IoT security related themes.


Hot Chips Symposium August 16th – 18th

A Symposium on High Performance Chips.

Since it started in 1989, HOT CHIPS has been known as one of the semiconductor industry’s leading conferences on high-performance microprocessors and related integrated circuits. The three days of the conference typically feature two tutorials, two keynotes, a panel discussion and around 25 presentations on a variety of subjects related to microprocessors and integrated circuits.

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

We know that for many people and children the office and school can be their refuge so please be aware that in Bristol, Next Link domestic abuse telephone helplines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0117 925 0680. Help is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the National Domestic Violence Helpline – Freephone 0808 2000 247.

Did we miss anything?

If you have anything that you want us to mention on our next Blogpost contact us on We do try to keep it to free or funded items that our members might relate to.

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Our Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

If you want to engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.