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From the boardroom to the beach

When I was recognized as a woman in business in the Home Business category in 2014 I got excited not so much about the title but the impact these awards have on women. Do you need a little push to get out there to show what you are made out of or what You really want to do? Unlike in the article below, moving from the bedroom to the boardroom. What if you could move from the office room to the beach?

Ann Summers went from the bedroom to the boardroom selling sex toys and lingerie.

Jacqueline Gold, the company’s chief executive, has been running Ann Summers since 1993 and plainly it is not so much a business that her life’s work, a crusade to empower women in the bedroom and by persona example in the boardroom. And to make money on the way.

Ann Summer’s is moving into dating with a website called Rabbit to be launched soon.

Her Wikipedia page ranks her as the 16th richest woman in Britain.

For some, this might seem as odd background from which to become a promoter of equality in business, but Ms Gold argues that “there are not enough role models. My daughter is called Scarlet. When she was 5 years old, I took her to a speech I was giving. I wanted her to see me on stage and think this was normal, not just something men do.”

Should business be forced to hire more women? “I think it could become part of the annual audit. Board equality, equal pay. That would be a good way of doing it. There is so much talent out there. Businesses that have equal boards outperform these that don’t .” For the record, Ann Summers boasts 70% women at its head office, with a board split 50-50.

I love what I do. I am passionate about the brand and there is so much more I want to achieve. I’m not going to retire.”

Have you found this article inspiring? Which part resonated with you the most? Comment below. Don’t be shy!

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