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UKFast Launches Creche Development at its Manchester HQ

Article date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:34 GMT

UKFast Launches Creche Development at its Manchester HQ

Britain's Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson has today visited hosting and colocation firm UKFast to formally open the business's new Child and Parent Zone.

The development at the company's 50,000sq ft. campus on the edge of the city is a safe zone, combining a soft play area for youngsters to enjoy and a workstation, for parents to catch up with colleagues and stay on top of business.

The idea came from UKFast founders - and husband and wife duo - Lawrence and Gail Jones who have made a commitment to providing opportunities for parents to stay involved at work while also raising a family.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: "Mothers and fathers alike shouldn't be made to feel that bringing up a family needs to be to the detriment of their job.

"We promote a healthy balance between work and home life, and our kids' area will enable our team to carry on doing the great things they do for UKFast while looking after their youngsters at the same time."

The Child and Parent Zone is part of a £2million redevelopment being undertaken at UKFast Campus, to create a unique working environment for its 200 members of staff.

Jones continued: "With 200 employees we've reached the stage where a child-friendly facility like this is high on the agenda for many members of the team. It's an excellent way to dip our toes in the water in preparation for potentially delivering a full-scale crèche when business growth and a growing team calls for it."

In September 2012, Jo Swinson became Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Women and Equalities Minister in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. She was elected as the Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire in 2005.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: "Current workplace arrangements can be old-fashioned and rigid. That is why I'm delighted to open UKFast's new Child and Parent Zone - these kinds of facilities are crucial in allowing mums and dads to better balance their lives at work and home.

"I strongly support measures that bring the way we work into the 21st century. This is why we are introducing radical plans for shared parental leave and flexible working.

"Employers will soon get used to more men taking time off after their child is born and more mothers returning to work earlier, shattering the perception that it is mainly a woman's role to stay at home and look after the child. These measures will really help our aim of ensuring more businesses are making best use of women's talents throughout the organisation, from the boardroom to the shop floor.

"Shared parental leave also allows fathers to have greater involvement in the early stages of their child's life. In addition, the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees will also help widen the pool of talent in the labour market, helping to drive growth."

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