Launch of 2018 programme – partnering with R/GA, Golin and Creative Equals


Are you a Media, Marketing or Communications professional who has taken time out to raise your family and now looking to get back into the workplace?

If so, Back2businessship, now in its 5th year will shortly be looking for applicants for our October intake with strong pre career break professional experience in:

  • Marketing/Creative
  • Financial and Corporate PR
  • Internal Communications/Employee engagement
  • Digital /Social/Content
  • Consumer PR
  • CRM/Analytics/Data
  • Media agency account handling/planning

The intensive six day programme is exclusively for career returners who have over a decade of experience in marketing, media and communications and over 3 years out of the workplace raising a family.  Please see and click on the ‘Our Blog‘ tab to read about the experiences on the programme of the 2017 delegates.


This free programme includes modules on Career Planning, Presentation skills, Changes and progress in the World of Work you left behind including digital, social media & creative, how to attack the jobs market & apply for roles and how to manage your first 90 days back in the workplace. There will be a range of coaching and training sessions led by industry professionals as well as case studies and presentations by inspirational women who have returned to the workplace successfully after a career break raising a family.

We are aiming to have paid placements for delegates from January 2019 to help bridge the pathway back to work.

Dates for the 2018 Programme will be published shortly.

If you would like further information abou the programme, please email

Lowdown on how the ‘Returners’ Placement programme works

As part of last year’s Back2businessship programme, prior to the programme, we held a breakfast briefing welcoming senior representatives from across the MMC sector to introduce them to our Back2businessship ‘returners’ placement programme. The notes from this meeting provide great insight into the programme – whether you are interested in applying for this year’s programme, or you are a company interested in becoming involved – in particular, there is a wealth of information about how the Back2businessship ‘Returners’ programme works.

Behind  the Scenes

 You can read a little more about the people and stories behind the back2businesship initiative below, including case studies of some of our returners. Many of our returners have gone back full-time, others required more flexibility. We also highlight the companies who are working to support the agile working revolution.

Bell Pottinger portraits

Bell Pottinger’s Emily Luscombe as part of our series of blogs on the ‘Agile Work Revolution’

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Here are some of Mark’s thoughts and experiences on the importance of the growth of ‘agile working options’.

Emily Cox VirginMoney

Emily Cox of Virgin Money as part of our series of blogs on the ‘Agile Work Revolution’


Find out which companies are ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing the career break penalty for female professionals


Demand for flexible working is on the rise but flexible job adverts are few and far between. Katie Jacobs, Editor at HR Magazine, looks at the need for employers to address the growing need for flexible hiring options.

John Reid

“Flexible Working” -  What does it actually mean? Guest blogger, John Read, Founder-Director of ReadDillon Ltd and Executive Director of Clean Up Britain CIC takes a look at perceptions around Flexible Working.


Maeve Hosea, an independent journalist who has written for Marketing week, New York Times and the Guardian, looks at how a number of progressive companies embrace agile working practices.


I have spent the last five years undertaking the most challenging role of my life to date. The pay is lousy, the hours are long and the clients are stroppy. Still motherhood has many rewards and after five years as a full-time mother I am ready to return to my career in corporate communications. The question is how do I do this and retain enough of a balance to still fulfil my childcare commitments?


Louise Winmill of as part of our series of blogs on the ‘Agile Work Revolution’. “On this exact day, one year ago, I was unemployed.
With a ten month old baby and a mortgage on a new house to pay, resigning from my then job, in many respects, seemed like an utterly stupid thing to do. Only it wasn’t. Looking back a year on, it was, in fact, one of my better decisions that has not only moved on my career but enabled me to find a job I love with a company that respects my wish to spend time bringing up my young daughter.”