Leading digital entrepreneur backs Microsoft Working Wonders Mum campaign and calls for more support for self-employed working Mothers

Gemma JohnsonGemma Johnson CEO of money saving website MyFamilyClub.co.uk, part of the DC Thomson group, is supporting the Microsoft campaign that supports Working Mums.  Together with Liz Earle, Johnson is part of an expert panel that will be unveiled later this week at the launch of the Microsoft Office 365 event in London, which aims to connect aspiring mums with leading business figures.

Johnson, who recently spoke at the Great British Business Show in London says, “I’m looking forward to being part of the expert panel at the Microsoft Event in London, I’ll be speaking from my own personal experience as a mother of three young children and also a leader of a digital business.

“I’m passionate about sharing my experiences of running a business and how that may help other mothers looking to enter the workplace. I want to provide help to those looking to go back to work or to reshape their working lives after a career break. Sometimes as women we want some inspiration from a fellow mum and the confidence to know you can build a successful career after a break.”

More women are in work than ever before, as official figures show a record-breaking 14 million now have jobs. However, Johnson believes that the increase was largely created by more women declaring themselves self-employed, following the rise of the Mumpreneur, which could mean many are earning far below the minimum wage.

Johnson added: “It’s great news to see the women’s employment rate increasing but I believe the government is not highlighting the issue that many mothers in the workplace are self-employed and are on very low wages. Mums often start their own business after having children as getting back into the workplace is so difficult. I want to change that.”

Gemma Johnson will be taking part in the Working Mums panel with Microsoft Office on Thursday 22 May 2014 at the Haymarket Hotel in London. The event will see a panel of influential working mothers, chaired by Liz Earle, discussing research from Office 365 which will be unveiled on the night.  The research addresses the positive impact women with children have on the British workforce and how technology can help choreograph the perfect balance of home and professional life. The research is based on a solid survey of 500 employers and 2,000 mothers.

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