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Cartel board is 50 per cent women

Mortgage intermediary firm Cartel has announced that 50 per cent of its board directors are women and says there is no reason why the financial services industry should be male-dominated.

Andrea Brammer is Cartel&#39s head of recruitment and is on the board of directors. She says there is no reason why women cannot succeed in the industry and does not understand why other financial companies do not take women seriously at the highest level.

Fellow board member Sharon Sherratt says: “In an ideal world, women would progress purely according to their ability and performance, but unfortunately we don&#39t live in an ideal world. Other businesses, unlike Cartel, are depriving themselves if a major asset by failing to nurture the skills and commitment of women who want to progress.”


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Kensington announces results

The Kensington Group has reported a strong performance in the first half of 2004, with new business volumes of more than £1bn and the mortgage portfolio now standing at £3.5bn. Kensington are increasing the interim dividend in line with a progressive dividend policy that increases returns to shareholders as the business grows. Chief executive office […]

Pensions are top work-place issue for young adults says Amicus poll

Young workers polled at this year&#39s Glastonbury Festival say one of their top work-place concerns is the state of the pensions market, according to an Amicus survey. Amicus, the UK&#39s second largest union asked festival goers their top ten work-place issues. Of the 1,300 people who responded to the survey, 27 per cent say they […]

Cavanagh counts cost of Ernst & Young deal

Cavanagh Group&#39s operating loss increased from £70,000 to more than £1m in the six months to April 30 as the firm started to integrate acquisition Ernst & Young Financial Management. Cavanagh reported losses of £1.08m, around half of which it blames on the non-recurring costs of the £3m move for EYFM. However, turnover more than […]

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Absence management systems gone AWOL from UK’s SMEs, reports Jelf

A quarter (23 per cent)* of the UK’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have an absence management system in place, according to new research from Jelf Employee Benefits. Despite 69 per cent* of organisations having a system in place, three-quarters (75 per cent) report that it is not providing them with sufficiently empowering absence or health data to inform an effective wellbeing programme.


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