MMB Magazine, the flexible working parents magazine for working parents was launched in late 2015, by our founder Abbie Coleman. Having run her own business for 8 years she returned to work after a short maternity break. She found her place in business seemed to have shifted. This was through no decision of her own but due to the fact she was now a working parent needing flexible working hours and a mother running a business.
Whilst she was fortunate to have a strong business network to call on and able to create a flexible work pattern as an employer. She realised this was not available to everyone and so many parents were being pushed out of their careers through the simple limitation of working hours not being flexible, especially women.
There were no sites with all the information in one place for working parents to access and nothing that seemed simple and clear to navigate. The websites were all based on teething and nappy rash not around pensions on maternity leave, finance, childcare support and intelligent discussions on navigating your career whilst a parent.
We launched MMB Magazine online in West Yorkshire in December 2015 and published our first printed MMB Magazine in April 2016 with 15k copies distributed in Leeds through employers to employees and through venues and retail outlets to working parents in the community. In 2018 we will have over 70k magazines going out across our regions. We went on to launch YorkshireFlex and NorthwestFlex in 2017, bringing together over 150 employers to talk about flexible working and maternity & paternity returner programmes and exchange ideas and best practices.
In march 2018 we launched the MMB Returners Programme designed to support businesses retain and engage with all talent taking time away from their business for maternity & paternity leave. The ageing demographic is going to be top heavy in the next few years along with the need to support maternity & paternity returners with flexible working roles and people looking for the perfect work-life balance. Flexible Working is not just a hot topic but something that is needed for our business and working life future for all working parents and self-employed parents.
We will also be launching our MMB Magazine mini-booklets for employers to give out to employees to support them with information when finding out they are pregnant, on maternity/paternity leave, on flexible working roles or coming back into the workplace after a long absence. We also launched our flexible working directory listing companies who offer and consider flexible working roles for working parents along with a live job board of current flexible working roles in your area. Including all roles that are flexible working, annualised hours, part time, job share and term time roles. Allowing our working parents to find the career roles and employers who offer flexible working.
Following the successful launch of our MMB Returners Programme, we also launched our flexible working directory listing businesses who offer and consider flexible working roles for working parents along with a live flexible working job board of current roles. Including all roles that are flexible working, annualised hours, part time, job share and term time roles. Allowing our working parents to find the career roles and employers who offer flexible working.
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