Managing to juggle a work-life balance

Becky Considine

Becky Considine

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BECKY Considine is one of the first nominees for the new Oxfordshire Business Mother of the Year Award.

The mum-of-two provides temporary admin work on a freelance basis and has been nominated for the Oxford Mail’s category in the NatWest Venus Awards.

Mrs Considine, who lives in Kidlington, said: “So far I’ve managed to juggle a really good work-life balance.”

Mum to three-year-old Mia and Isla, nearly two, she added: “My job is very flexible so I can work between naps and school runs, and because I’m not just nine to five, I can work in the evening and the weekends.

“I do have also have the luxury that my mum is local and can look after the kids if I need.”

The 43-year-old said: “I did this because I wanted flexibility around my children and this was the perfect opportunity to be there for them and bring in money.

“It’s important that women know that there are other options than just staying at home or struggling with a nine-to-five job.”

The Business Mother of the Year category has so far had 49 mums nominated for their hard work and enterprising spirit.

Nominations close tomorrow, but applications – where women put themselves forward – will be accepted until Sunday, August 10.

This is the first year Venus Awards has come to celebrate Oxfordshire’s businesswomen, and the category to honour our hardworking mums is sponsored by the Oxford Mail, alongside BMW dealer North Oxford Garage.

It was started in 2009 by mum-of-four Tara Howard, from Bournemouth.

She said: said “I am well aware of the struggles that women sometimes face. I wanted to make sure they get their deserved recognition.”

Women can nominate themselves or can be nominated by friends, family or colleagues.

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There are 15 categories in the competition, including Business of the Year, Business Woman of the Year, Inspirational Woman and Lifetime Achievement.

The Oxford Mail judges will narrow the Business Mother of the Year nominees down to the top 10, who will then each film a one-minute video.

Videos will go online and the public will be able to vote for the winner. Winners will attend a ceremony in Warwickshire on November 14 and receive a trophy and certificate.

  •  Nominations can be made online at oxfordshire.venusawards.co.uk

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10:22pm Sat 2 Aug 14

H.J.Harris says...

Isn't this rather sexist ?
Don't fathers need to juggle work/life balance ? not all single parents are female.
Isn't this rather sexist ? Don't fathers need to juggle work/life balance ? not all single parents are female. H.J.Harris
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9:44am Sun 3 Aug 14

carli says...

For goodness sake there are thousands of people who juggle work and children and are single parents....why on earth does an award need to be given out???? Pathetic.
For goodness sake there are thousands of people who juggle work and children and are single parents....why on earth does an award need to be given out???? Pathetic. carli
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11:17am Thu 7 Aug 14

LadySas says...

First of all, she is not a single parent! Why the assumption?
I agree that thousands of people juggle work and life but what is wrong with recognising that? Celebrate don't hate! Well done Becky. Good luck at the awards!
First of all, she is not a single parent! Why the assumption? I agree that thousands of people juggle work and life but what is wrong with recognising that? Celebrate don't hate! Well done Becky. Good luck at the awards! LadySas
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