Tuesday, October 27, 2009

WICED Plans Approved!

Following a meeting with Liverpool City Council, the plans for the new Women's International Centre for Economic Development were officially approved! The design which was drawn up by Nightingale Associates, was congratulated by the planners.

Kier North West have now been appointed to head up the contruction of the scheme which will begin later this year and expects to be completed in late 2010. Wiced, which will run as a social enterprise, will be housed in a £5.3m building in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area.

New Start Magazine interviewed Maggie O'Carroll, Executive Director of WICED and Train 2000 regarding the project. Read more about her thoughts on how the centre will be a fantastic research hub for female entrepreneurship here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Business Success is Child’s Play For Southport Mums

Business is booming for two enterprising mums who are set to open a second successful business employing 20 local people – all in less than six weeks.
Rachel Clarke and Gill Ashcroft opened Southport’s Play Town in August and are set to expand their play centre with a creche and babysitting service on November 2nd.
The two friends who each have two young children were enjoying dinner one night and talking about looking for a flexible family friendly career when they realised the answer was lying tucked up in the bedrooms above.
Rachel who lives in Southport said:
“We both have very active children and the answer came to us almost immediately – “let’s open a play centre.”
The couple contacted the women’s enterprise agency, Train 2000 and scoured Southport looking for a suitable site and found a large area on the busy beachfront site at Ocean Plaza.
After refurbishing the building and completing essential health and safety qualifications the mums invited The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Alf Doran to officially open the doors during the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
“We have had plenty of support from our partners and Train 2000 who have given us lots of practical advice and help over the past few months. It has been so busy we are both working 15-hour days but luckily we see lots of the children as they can spend some of the day with us,” said Gill.
The creche will open between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and the babysitting service runs between 6pm and 11pm on a Friday and Saturday evening.
She added:
“All our staff are hightly trained and qualified to care for children between the ages of two to twelve – it means parents can enjoy some much needed me-time by shopping , watching a fim or enjoying a meal while their children are happily and safely entertained.”
And the two women don’t intend to stop there.
“We are busy planning our Halloween Ball at the moment but in the future we would like to franchise the business and open a Play Town in locations across the UK,” Rachel said.
For more information about the centre and its services call Rachel on 0754 591 4568 or visit www.playtownsouthport.com

Caption:.Play Town.
Left to right, Mayoress of Sefton, Cllr Gill Cutherbertson, Gill Ashcroft, Rhian Pavitt of Train 2000, Rachel Clarke, Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Alf Doran.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

StepClever Unveils Creative Hub

StepClever in partnership with Merseyside ACME welcomed local Creative Businesses to network and take a tour of the Liverpool Film Academy's business development.

The building which was once St Lawrence School in Kirkdale is undergoing massive refurbishment thanks to StepClever investment, and it is hoped to host a number of new businesses in the incubator space there. Some local businesses have already jumped on board and started to rent out the old classrooms and other space.

Megan Finlinson of Finns Cheesecake Company, who received help from Train 2000 and StepClever in order to launch her business, has happily settled into the premises. As testiment of this Megan was asked to cater the networking event. Having been based at the Film Academy since May Megan has already benefitted from the networking opportunities the site offers and commented "There's a really relaxed atmosphere between all the businesses based here."

Train 2000 Engagement worker Joanne Wadeson who attended was lucky enough to sample some of Megan's tasty treats and also enjoyed a local history display from another Train 2000 success story, Jackie Waters (pictured).

Jackie of Memory Catches specialises in preserving memories, and her display offered a number of memory prompts regarding the history of the building and Liverpool life.

For more information on what Jackie can offer you can visit her website. If you would like to contact Megan for information about her products or catering services then you can email mfincheesecakes@googlemail.com

Women from the core wards of Anfield, Everton, Kirkdale, County, Linacre and Derby who are thinking of setting up their own business can receive support including funding to develop their idea with help from Train 2000 and StepClever. For more information on the support on offer call the Engagement team on 0151 236 6601 or email info@train2000.org.uk

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Marketing Your Business

Sara Wheater of Brief Communication was the guest speaker at our recent free Networking evening.
Sara shared her expertise in the field of marketing and branding.

And here’s the verdict from just a few of our clients who attended.

“This was my first networking event. I was interested in everything everyone had to say, the hints and tips were extremely helpful and the guest speaker was really informative."
"Thank you so much for a really lovely opportunity. It was welcoming and inviting, and we were all well taken care of and made to feel really settled in and happy.”

"Great night, time flew by with interesting guest speaker - thanks Sara. Inspiring women, great company and positive ideas."

" I enjoyed the event, quite helpful. The networking tips were really useful and I enjoyed hearing everybody talking and interacting, and listening to other people's experiences."

Monday, October 5, 2009

Celebrating NVQ Success

A diverse group of women from Merseyside and Manchester wanting support in their supervisory roles for voluntary or paid employment were delighted to join Train 2000's NVQ Level 3 Course in Business Management this year.

The training involved monthly workshops as well as one to one support from the training assessors within the workplace in order to gather a porfolio of evidence and gain the qualification.

Train 2000 were thrilled to welcome the successful candidates to an evening of celebration and presentation at Train 2000's new Manchester home, Ada House.

Executive Director of Train 2000 Maggie O'Carroll presented the women with their certificates.

She said: "I know that you will recognise the benefits of having this qualification. Whether you see the effect it has had immediately, or whether it is a key to your future success, we at Train 2000 would encourage you to continue in your pursuit of learning, and are proud to have maybe helped you to further your career. "

Photographs of all the women who attended to receive their certificates, and the assessors involved in the training can be found in our Flickr photo album.