A networking group for women working at Nisa Retail has been launched to help raise awareness, improve the working environment and boost colleague confidence.
Women in Nisa, known as WIN, was officially launched at the end of last year with an event hosted by Co-op food CEO Jo Whitfield at the company head office in Scunthorpe.
Now, with almost 90 colleagues signed up to the network, including both men and women, the group aims to ensure gender issues are acknowledged within the business where women are under-represented at a senior level, as is the case across the sector as a whole.
A string of events has been arranged to offer networking opportunities and learning to colleagues with March being particularly significant as it also the month of International Women’s Day – celebrated globally on Sunday 8 March.
Lynne Hodson, National Account Manager at Nisa, and one of those involved in launching WIN, said: “A group of colleagues had been involved in events hosted by the Women in Wholesale organisation and were inspired by what was on offer in terms of networking opportunities, coaching and mentoring as well as simply raising awareness of equality for women in the workplace.
“Launching WIN for our Nisa colleagues seemed a natural step for us to take and it has been really welcomed across the business. To date, the events we have hosted have been well received, attended by both men and women and have started lots of very interesting conversations around gender equality and why it’s important to build an inclusive culture at Nisa.”
Steve Leach, Sales Director and part of the WIN network, said: “Nisa has come some distance over recent years to make it a more equal workplace but there is more to be done and I believe that WIN will play a key part in driving that. I’m delighted to be involved and support the WIN network and having attended and played a part in a recent panel discussion held as part of International Women’s Day activities, I very much look forward to future events.”