Taxing Matters podcast in recognition of International Women’s Day 2021

To celebrate International Women's Day today international law firm RPC has recorded a special edition of its Taxing Matters podcast featuring five empowering women who have all strived to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace

The series, which has been running since July 2020, discusses the latest news and developments in UK tax law.

Going live today, the seventeenth episode of this popular podcast series features five female guests who have all strived to encourage diversity and inclusion within the tax and finance industry. Offering valuable insight into the challenges they have faced as women in their careers, they discuss their different perspectives on how to increase diversity in the workplace.

 The five special guests are:

  • Sarah Fahy, former vice president of tax at Sony;
  • Heather Self, partner at Blick Rothenberg;
  • Emma Agyemang, global tax correspondent at the Financial Times; 
  • Sofia Thomas, founder of Thomas Consulting; and
  • Valentina Sloane QC, Monckton Chambers.

Alice Kemp, barrister at RPC and host of the show said: ‘The popularly held image of tax as a male dominated space is not true – and hasn't been true for some time. But this shift to a more equal space is not enough.

‘In order to create a diverse and inclusive space where different perspectives and ideas flourish, we need to change the nature of the perception as well. And that means amplifying different voices. That is what this International Women's Day special episode of Taxing Matters is about, amplifying the voices of those who really are the ones shaping the tax landscape.’

Speaker Sarah Fahy, former vice president of tax at Sony added: ‘I was delighted to be asked to contribute to this special podcast because I believe it is vitally important that women coming into the workplace and looking to advance in their career have strong role models who are prepared to share their experiences and offer support. 

‘That wasn’t really available for me at the start of my career, and I struggled at times as a result. Sadly we are still a long way off true equality in the workplace and I think business and society are much the poorer for it – there is a huge body of evidence that teams that are truly diverse and inclusive are so much more successful than those that are not.’

Robert Waterson, partner at RPC and founder of the Taxing Matters Podcast series said: ‘RPC is delighted to promote International Women's Day and all it represents. Working to achieve equality and diversity in the professional world is not just about doing the right thing, it makes businesses smarter, stronger and more relevant.’

The episode is available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts. Click here to listen to the special edition Podcast.

Government supports women entrepreneurs

Meantime, the government has given 40 women entrepreneurs financial backing to drive their companies forward with £50,000 grants to scale up their plans.

Visionary British female entrepreneurs are receiving government backing to drive forward their novel innovations and business ideas, as the UK builds back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and progresses its climate change ambitions.

Announced today by science minister Amanda Solloway to mark International Women’s Day, 40 of the country’s top female innovators will be awarded a cash injection of £50,000 each, as well as bespoke mentoring, to scale up and bring to market their disruptive business ideas, many of which have been borne out in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Located right across the UK, from Scotland to Salisbury, business innovations receiving government backing include a company creating sustainable green interior furniture for the airline industry, an app to make emergency services more accessible for those suffering from domestic abuse and an innovative technology to help large organisations to manage and reduce their waste.

Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: ‘As we build back better from Covid, it is a priority of mine to continue equipping our brightest female innovators with the tools they need to succeed, while encouraging a new generation of women to come forward and pursue their ambitions.

‘Today we are supporting 40 of our most trailblazing female entrepreneurs, helping them to turn their innovative ideas and aspirations into a reality, creating the products and services that will help improve our lives and boost our economy.’

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