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There's been a lot of talk - on social media and off - about staff shortages in the London restaurant world. So it's hats off to restaurateurs (and hoteliers) Corbin and King who have decided to approach the problem from a different angle.

They're holding a forum in September aimed at encouraging women, who left the industry after maternity leave, back into work.

The experiences of their own company "suggests new mothers do not consider hospitality a viable career option when juggling the demands of a family." explains Zuleika Fennell, Corbin & King’s Chief Operating Officer. "Our aim is to change this school of thought and present realistic and attractive options for women,"

So, they're holding a one day forum in central London, aimed at mums. They want to talk to women who've held a position in a professional kitchen to get "a better understanding of what it is holding women back from returning to work after having a family and devise job roles and working patterns that meet these needs."

The forum takes places on 10 September in central London. If you're interested in attending email GourmetMums@corbinking.com to book a place. As you'd hope (but not necessarily expect) children are more than welcome and there are baby changing facilities on site.

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