So we spotted that the technation report was out last week and all the great news about Bristol being a great place for tech investment, but we didn’t really see anyone mentioning the elephant in the room. See if you can spot it…
Seriously though is it not a bit shocking? We’ve taken a look back at their previous reports but this appears to be the first one with a diversity count. Last years was all about money and the year before was about networking and meetups. There should be one counting how many meetups are now run by recruiters as that’s been the last 2 years growth in meetups in Bristol that we’ve been seeing, and less independently run ones, which is a shame.
As we’ve said from the start, it’s not a case of just pushing more girls through the education system into the industry, it’s also about stopping the large dropout. When the IET bought out the 9%isnotenough campaign we noticed the next year that the number we believe had actually gone down to 8% – although the way the stats were calculated had changed and was reported as 11%. We’ve long suggested that rather than look at growing the number, the real issue is to stop it bottoming out and it seems we still have a long way to go!
What a year its been, we’ve moved everything online along with the rest of the world which has had its pluses and negatives as for everyone. We’ve been getting a bit zoomed out but interestingly its also given us the opportunity to stretch our wings out as it allowed access to events for members who normally couldn’t make the previous in-person events (and it’s saved us a fortune in pizzas and drinks!).
Its not the end yet though and we do have some exciting changes that we are making and when it happens you’ll be the first to know about it! Don’t worry as we are not dissappearing – just improving some stuff, hopefuly you’ll bear with us and the new changes should enable us to support you all more. (Its good news!)
As an ambassador for this group which we believe is a great initiative and we would like all Bristol companies to join them and get involved. If you’ve not heard of them or want to simply sit in and find out more then this is a great opportunity to do that this week.
The Charter recognises and supports the work of Bristol Businesses to create workplaces that are gender equal
More than 30 businesses have signed up to the Bristol Women in Business Charter since its launch in 2019, and they’re all making progress on gender equality.
This progress will make a positive difference to their businesses, the women that work in them and the communities they live in. We welcome all employers to join this community of progressive businesses who are changing the world.
Join us for the launch of our interim impact report, 6 months after we launched as a Community Interest Company and 18 months after our signatories began focusing on the 7 goals of the Charter to make change happen in their businesses.
We’ll share numerous examples of good practice that are making a difference to gender equality in businesses in Bristol. All attendees will receive a digital copy of the report at the end of the event.