Tips to help companies get started:

· Understand the growing importance of women returners to the labour force: and how fundamental demographic changes, new social norms and trends as well as key changes in the business landscape is driving up demand for women returners

· Construct a business case: our members report that policies to recruit or retain women returners have helped them cut recruitment and training costs, improve customer service, reduce absenteeism, sickness and stress, improve service or product innovation

· Get to grips with the law: which now requires employers to offer some family friendly or work/life balance policies

· Look at what most successful companies do: and develop flexible working