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Business East Sussex (BES) is delighted to be sponsoring one of the categories at this year’s Women in Business Awards.

BES is sponsoring the Medium Business Award which is open to all businesses within the Sussex area which is owned, part owned or wholly or partly run by a woman with 10-50 employees that can demonstrate exceptional performance, growth and market leadership.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Ian Smallwood, Head of Business Services at BES, said: “We’re delighted to sponsoring such a prestigious set of awards.

“We work with a number of female-led businesses throughout East Sussex and are seeing more and more coming through as women take the entrepreneurial route of working for themselves.”

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There can be no doubt that women are underrepresented in the workplace and in business.

Statistics in America show that women are less likely to receive the first critical promotion to manager—so far fewer end up on the path to leadership—and they are less likely to be hired into more senior positions.

And, here in the UK, there has been a great debate in recent months about the gender pay gap – with high profile Radio 4 reporters discovering they are paid less than their male counterparts and big companies revealing their statistics on wages.

Higher rates

Government data has shown that 74% of firms pay higher rates to their male staff. Just 15% of businesses with more than 250 employees pay more to women than and only 11% of firms said there is no difference between the rates paid to either gender.

However, there are institutions and businesses which eschew this norm. To that end, the Women in Business Awards, organised by Johnston Press, are a celebration of women in the workplace.

March 8th also marks International Women’s Day (IWD) which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the globe. This year, the theme of IWD is a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

BES will supporting IWD on social media and is calling on all businesses in East Sussex to show their support for gender parity  and use the hash tag #PressforProgess .

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