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TM and ReThink Recruitment, subsidiaries of recruitment powerhouse, Rethink Group, recently hosted a forum to connect

successful and aspiring female leaders in the South West. The ‘Inspiring Female Leaders’ forum discussed how

women, as individuals and as a collective, can influence positive change in the workplace and boardroom. Following on from the success of previous events in

Leeds and London, it was Bristol’s turn to host the forum which addressed questions such as; are some roles influenced by gender, what is the expectation when a woman is placed in a senior role, how do male colleagues respond to women in senior roles and do we acknowledge, compete or join in with the notion of the ‘Boys Club’? The event, which took place at

RTM’s Bristol office in Vintry Building, Wine St, was hosted by RTM director, Debbie Davenport and Jaqui Temperley, Executive Coach at Veritas. Twenty local businesswomen including ReThink’s director, Christine Christodoulou and consultant, Annabelle Foskett, attended the event, giving feedback that events tailored for this audience in the South West are few and far between. Speaking about the success of the event, Debbie

‘The forum provided an excellent platform for discussion and inspiration’



is true to its roots Following continued business growth, Bruton Knowles has moved its head office in Gloucester to Olympus House on Olympus Park in Quedgeley. Managing partner Patrick

Downes said that turnover had nearly doubled since the 2008 recession and during this period the partnership opened new offices in Plymouth, Bristol, Shrewsbury and Leeds, which had led to greater demands on head office. An extensive search across the

region took place to find the right offices with a commitment to keeping head office within Gloucestershire. He said: “It has been a challenging search to find the right space for us and in the end it turned out to be only the other side of the road from our old office, making the move an exceptionally smooth process.” The firm has maintained an

office in Gloucester since its launch back in 1862. Patrick said: “The new office

said: “The forum provided an excellent platform for discussion and inspiration. We heard real-life examples and personal experiences from women who have been successful on both a regional and national level.”

Jaqui Temperley (left) and Debbie Davenport

space will support our future growth plans. We remain as committed as ever to this city and look forward to welcoming clients to Olympus House.”

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