Manufacturer and supplier of light catering equipment, Mitchell & Cooper is celebrating International Women’s Day by shining the spotlight on its solely female design team.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – with this years’ efforts marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance in the workplace.
Mitchell & Cooper has said it is highly aware of the value that an effective and balanced team can bring to a company and already practises the #BalanceforBetter theme.
The company has highlighted the efforts of Kat Cooper, co-owner and creative projects director, Dorota Biniecka, product designer and Julia Fowler, development engineer.
Cooper said: “Hiring is tricky, but exciting, and is an opportunity to build the future of the company, and hiring talented female employees is a key part of that.
“Manufacturing was a male-dominated industry but attitudes and values are changing. Roles are being examined and re-evaluated, and Mitchell & Cooper believe there are some incredible women in this industry and they are actively contributing to the positive change in perception on a daily basis.”
Cooper recently received the Women in Business Award recognising her contribution and commitment to business in the South East of England.
The three women are responsible for all of Mitchell & Cooper’s product development, from initial concepts of new product lines to the technical feasibility, safety and usability of these products as they continue from development to release.
Talking about their team dynamic, both as a unit but also as part of the bigger Mitchell & Cooper family Binicka highlights the benefits a diverse hiring policy has for the company.
Biniecka said: “Appreciation and awareness of what each person can contribute to the overall goal of the company is essential, and so flexibility to allow employees to do great things within a great environment is key. Our team is balanced and this creates a shared value for our business.”
Fowler, the newest member of the team, adds that her role gives her a strong sense of contribution to positive change as the ability to see a passion for engineering develop among young females is very rewarding.
She said: “Mitchell & Cooper is empathetic, considerate and most importantly, aware of the value that each person can bring. Being met with a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere creates a great environment to work in, and being part of a multidisciplinary team keeps you on your toes, so you’re always striving to achieve your best.”
As a company, Mitchell & Cooper has already seen the benefits of their design team’s working dynamic, with the success of their first in-house manufactured appliance, the Crustastun.
Going forward, inclusivity, equality and diversity will remain key factors for Mitchell & Cooper as they continue to grow and challenge their own benchmark of success. Speaking of the important role International Woman’s Day plays in challenging gender roles and perceptions,
Cooper added: “International Women’s Day helps to demonstrate what is possible and what opportunities are out there for women. It also helps to encourage and cultivate conversation, giving us a chance to redefine roles for both women and men, as part of a constructive confrontation of issues at play.
“The ‘Balance for Better’ theme this year is especially important for businesses to take note of, and hopefully will help form a positive movement towards diversity and increased success for those industries that push forward and accept the challenge”.