Funding Options, the marketplace for business finance, has signed up for the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter to demonstrate its commitment to increasing gender diversity both within its business, and across the industry.
The company currently has a gender split of 33.3% female and 66.6% male, but is actively focused on improving this figure.
The senior team is evaluating industry frameworks which will give the business parameters within which it works to ensure diversity across all business processes. Funding Options is also exploring how it can help support the gender diversity of the wider entrepreneurial and business ecosystem in the UK, and how the finance industry can be more transparent in how it measures and supports diversity.  
David Keene, Funding Options’ CMO says: “Financial Services has a diversity and inclusion challenge. It is important that we all work hard to address and improve this. We’re proud to start this initiative with a commitment to the Women in Finance Charter.” 
 
“We know we can do better, both as a business and as part of the wider industry. We believe that with diversity comes new ideas and ways of working, something that can only bring benefits for us and our customers. It is something we look at on a monthly basis within the business, and we are exploring what else we can do.”

Jacquie Williamson, People Director at Funding Options, says: “Funding Options’ commitments resonate greatly with me, both in my role as People Director, and as a woman working within the finance industry. There’s a lot of positive work going on within the sector to encourage more gender diversity, and I’m pleased to be part of that movement.” 

“I look forward to working with the Funding Options leadership team to drive through our exciting new policies, reach for our targets, and ultimately deliver on our commitments set out within the Women in Finance Charter, and beyond.”