Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and as a business with an all-female leadership team (and a 68% female workforce!), it’s a day that we fully embrace.

So, how did we celebrate at The Verve Group? With cake of course! Well, that and by participating in a number of different activities and articles throughout the day to really shine a light on the impact of #IWD2021. Catch up below…

Professional Adviser – Planting trees, running 100 miles and financial guidance – the women in advice helping communities

In this article, Sophie King put together a sort of merger between International Women’s Day and PA’s weekly Good News Bulletin, celebrating the women in the financial advice sector doing their bit for communities, charities and female empowerment.

Looking specifically at the recent launch of The Verve Foundation, this piece highlights the work we are carrying out to really make a positive change within financial services – including our not-for-profit initiative We Are Change.

Read the full article here.

Darlington Council – Verve Group grows with female leadership

You may be aware that our HQ is in Darlington, which is also the hometown of our CEO, Cathi Harrison. We’re proud of our roots, and so, when Darlington Council approached us about our plans for #IWD2021 we jumped at the opportunity of a collaboration! The piece, written by Claire Herworth, focuses on the meaning of Verve and the rarity of having an all-female leadership team in financial services. It also features a section from Council Leader, Heather Scott, who said:

“It is fantastic to have The Verve Group in Darlington, working in the world of finance: an industry which is slowly changing to become more gender equal. It’s important that we celebrate the diversity and opportunity our town offers and recognise how far we have come.”

Northern Power Women Awards

After a day full of celebration and inspiring stories filling our social media (in between the influx of Harry and Meghan chatter, obv) we spent the afternoon attending the virtual Northern Power Women Awards. Originally due to take place last year, the pandemic ensured that the event was postponed and although they were planned to be face to face, the pause led to the impeccable timing of these awards taking place on International Women’s Day.

We weren’t just attending as delegates though… we were shortlisted as finalists in the ‘Innovation’ category! Although we didn’t take the title home this time, we were delighted to be up against such prestigious, hardworking individuals.

We’ll finish off this post by saying a huge well done to everyone who took part in yesterday’s celebrations. Roll on next year!

Jasmine Nattrass – Marketing and Events Coordinator

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