GrantTree is a team of engineers, scientists, and consultants dedicated to helping the UK’s most innovative companies grow. We’re experts in Innovation Grants and R&D Tax Credits and have worked with 550 Science & Technology companies to successfully raise over £75 million in government funding for UK businesses. Our entrepreneurial spirit and niche expertise mean we’re equipped to guide start-ups, entrepreneurs and established businesses through the maze of funding options. We offer business support in the form innovation workshops and business model canvass and are always here to have a chat about any innovation or funding problems you’re facing.
Small Business (10-49 employees) London Status: Recruiting
- Small, but perfectly formed
- Love what we do
- Game changers
- Growing every day
Daisy Chain Says
“In our culture everyone has the freedom, power and trust to do their best work. We call this open culture. Our way of working aims to uphold human aliveness and commercial success simultaneously; it’s been successful for us so far, although it's not for everyone. We offer flexible and remote working. Most companies will say they offer this, but then make you jump through hoops to prove that you really need it. With GrantTree, if you wake up one morning and realise you didn’t sleep well, so you need an extra couple hours of rest, so long as you don’t have any meetings scheduled in that time, you can go right ahead. Even if you have a meeting, you might be able to dial into it from home (though it’s usually polite to check with whoever organised the meeting). We care about the work you do, the impact you have on our clients and the company, not the amount of time you sit in a chair in the office. You’re an adult: you don’t need someone to dictate your working hours any more than you need someone to control your toilet breaks.”
Lena Weber-Reed's Experience
I'm Lena, GrantTree's Digital Marketing Manager. I live in East London with my husband and two daughters, who are 4 and 1. I'm also currently pregnant with our third child.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
I really struggled to fit my working hours around my first daughter's childcare needs when I went back to work after my first maternity leave. She was only five months old and the company I was working for then was completely non-flexible. With my second child I was made redundant when I was seven months pregnant, meaning I had to start job hunting a few months after she was born - not ideal.
2. How did your career change after having children?
My career hasn't changed hugely, but I have. I've realised that I only want to work for companies that can give me the flexibility I need and have strong policies benefiting parents.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
I'm lucky in that my husband is a professional childminder so child care is always taken care of. GrantTree's flexible working approach means I can work from home spontaneously and schedule my workload in a way that works for me. So I can still do the school run a couple of times a week and attend special assemblies or parents evenings without having to ask permission.
4. How has working for GrantTree enhanced your family/ work life balance?
It's enabled me to have a true balance between work and family for the first time ever! Being self-managing allows me to decide my own working hours, effectively I work when and where I want, which makes life with small kids a lot less hectic and chaotic. I also just generally feel I don't have to hide the fact that I'm a working parent, if my children need me at home, for whatever reason, I can be completely open about it.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
You don't have to 'have it all', in fact you can't.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
I'm fairly industry agnostic but chose GrantTree specifically for its company culture and interesting brand proposition.