Thursday, November 25, 2010

Train 2000 clients showcased at Knowsley networking event


Knowsley Council’s Fresh Start celebrated Women’s Enterprise Day on Wednesday 17 November by sponsoring a free event hosted by Knowsley Chamber of Commerce. The event showcase a selection of businesses that have benefited from the Council’s Fresh Start funding and business support from Train 2000.

Local business women were given the opportunity to network and listen to the experiences of other women in business including Suzanne Scott (Sandfield Natural Play Centre) and Sharon Carroll (Chill Out Spa and Beauty). A Bazaar / Market Place provided a chance to browse, buy goods and services or talk to the interesting business women taking part.

Jackie Williams, Enterprise Manager for Train 2000, said: “It was an excellent event, both Suzanne Scott and Sharon Carroll from Chill Out Spa gave inspirational speeches. It was brilliant to see so many Knowsley business women sharing information - networking at its best"

Lesley Martin-Wright Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce commented “The Chamber was delighted to be co-ordinate this Womens Enterprise Event; it’s important to actively share, engage and support the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Knowsley.

“Whilst the UK economy is facing major challenges, our female entrepreneurs are continuing to boost the borough’s economic development. I am delighted to confirm that we are seeing new entrants into the market, who are bringing valuable business ideas and turning them into profitable ventures. Now more than ever, the Chamber, Knowsley Council and Train2000 are here to provide advice, support and mentoring for female members of our business community”

Networking on National Women's Enterprise Day


NATIONAL Women’s Enterprise day saw women join together for a special networking event themed around ‘Using Social Media for Business” put on by Train 2000.

The event which was held at the Strand’s Wellington Buildings, included a talk by guest speaker Amanda Daniels who set up her own internet marketing company through the help of Train 2000.

During the evening Amanda gave eager listeners tips on how to use the likes of Facebook and Twitter to benefit their businesses.

Following the talk women enjoyed light refreshments and spent time networking with one another.

“As a business novice this event has been really useful and fun. Thanks!” – this is just one of many examples of positive feedback received after the event.

Train 2000 will be holding a further networking event on December 15 from 6:00pm until 8:30pm. During the evening there will be a talk from guest speaker Elaine Courtney of Courtney Consultancy who will speak about HR and there will be an opportunity to network and enjoy some festive nibbles.

For further information or to book your place call Train 2000 on 0151 236 6601 or email info@train2000.org.uk

Global Enterprise Week hailed a huge success


THIS years Enterprise Week has been hailed a huge success by Train 2000 with events well attended throughout the area.

Coffee morning, afternoon teas, business advice surgeries, one day business workshops and networking events all took place during the course of the week with many women coming along to find out about starting up their own businesses.

And, at Eastcroft Park School in Kirkby Year Six pupils enjoyed running their own business for the day – a young enterprise initiative which was organised by Train 2000 as part of the School Gates project. The Year Six pupils were tasked with producing a 2011 calendar to be sold, in a bid to raise school funds.

Jo Dunn, Enterprise Enabler for Train 2000, said: “It was a fantastic day and all the pupils enjoyed taking part and really got into the spirit of it. They really came up with some great ideas and the winning group Sixessful will now sell their World War II themed calendar on Kirkby market, at Christmas fairs and to local pensioners.”

“The day provided the pupils with a great opportunity to think about what it is like to run your own business and hopefully this positive experience will remain with them for the future.”

Feedback from the event was excellent with one pupil saying “‘I really enjoyed myself today making our own business and presenting our work and working as part of a team. I had an amazing day.”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) celebrate 15 years of success


ALBERTA Women Entrepreneurs, an organisation set up to help women in the Alberta province to achieve business success has been celebrating after achieving 15 years reaching out to women.

In a celebratory brochure, the organisation talks about it’s achievements from throughout the 15 years, including success stories of women who have started up their own businesses.

And, featured in the brochure is Train 2000’s Executive Director Maggie O’Carroll who attended the Diana International 2010 Research Conference in Banff to learn from some of the world’s leading female entrepreneurship researchers, namely Karen Hughes and Jennifer Jennings from the University of Alberta.

She said: “We’ve been very familiar with their work over here in Europe and it has been hugely influential in terms of helping us not only influence policy in the U.K. and Europe-wide but also in terms of being able to develop effective services and support mechanisms and frameworks to help women start and grow their own businesses.”

AWE acts as a connection point helping women entrepreneurs to connect to whatever they need to help their business succeed and grow. It has supported growing numbers of women entrepreneurs, celebrating their successes and recognising the important contribution they make to the economy.

To download the full brochure you can read it on the Train 2000 website, please click here.





Women hit by latest budget

Source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/politics/equality-expert-says-spending-cuts-will-hit-backbone-of-scottish-families-1.1068706

WOMEN in Scotland will be hit hard by the latest public spending cuts announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney during last week’s Scottish budget.

The warning was delivered by business expert Professor Ailsa McKay, of Glasgow Caledonian University, who said women would be hit particularly hard because of the high number of public-sector jobs they held.

She said that the sector accounted for, one in four jobs in Scotland, and of those, 43% were held by women. In local government, the percentage was even higher at 67, with women employed “typically in the five Cs – catering, cleaning, caring, clerical and cashiering”.

Clearly the same can be said for women in England where many public sector jobs are also held by women with families across the country felling the cutbacks.

Prof McKay, vice-dean of Caledonian university’s business school and a member of the Government’s Equality and Budget Advisory Group, said: “Women contribute to household incomes as never before and, in some cases, are the sole breadwinner.
Therefore, when women lose their jobs, whole families suffer.”

Chancellor George Osborne’s emergency Budget earlier this year faced a legal challenge from women’s equality group the Fawcett Society which claimed £5.8 billion of the £8bn he announced at that time would hit women.

To read the full article please click here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Entrepreneur Viki cooks up a treat


A business set up by budding Stockport entrepreneur and mum Viki Lee producing home-cooked ready meals is proving to be a real family affair.

Whilst Viki’s toddler daughter Lauren serves as chief taster, her mum Anna Lee helps to prepare and sell the meals at farmers’ markets across the area, along with partner Julian.

And despite only setting up her business Delishdish weeks ago with help from women’s enterprise organisation Train 2000, Viki’s wholesome meals are already proving a hit with customers.

“I am really encouraged by the popularity of my meals,” said Viki, 39, from Hazel Grove. “We completely sold out of stock during the first few farmers markets we did and I am currently selling around 70 meals a week.

“My food is proving popular with a wide range of people, from older retired couples to single people and young families.”

Viki, previously worked as a sales manager in the motor industry but had been considering setting up her own business for some time. Redundancy earlier this year gave her the push she needed.

“I’ve always been passionate about good food and felt even more strongly about it when I had Lauren,” explained Viki, who uses some recipes that have been handed down from previous generations. “When I was thinking about what to do it seemed like an obvious choice as cooking is also something I really enjoy. I went away on holiday and came back armed with ideas.

“Within a week of being back I was made redundant which I saw as a clear message to go for it.”

Viki produces and then freezes a range of wholesome dishes including beef casserole, vegetable crumble and lasagne and a selection of soups and puddings. Where possible she uses locally-sourced produce and ingredients, including meat reared and butchered in Cheshire and vegetables grown in Cheshire and Lancashire.

“I’m developing my range of dishes all the time and trialling new ones, guided in part by the feedback I get from people trying my food at the farmers markets,” she said. “I find that children are particularly open to taste testing my food and have plans to introduce a new baby and toddler range.”

Viki is currently working on developing her brand and has lots of plans for next year including developing calorie-controlled meals, hopefully with input from slimming organisations to support their dieters.

“I have had so much encouragement from Train 2000 in Stockport which has been invaluable, especially in these early weeks,” she added. “I would recommend other women thinking about going it alone to go and see what Train 2000 has to offer.”

For more information on Viki’s meals see www.delishdish.co.uk

For more information call Train 2000 on 0161 833 8800, email info@train2000.org.uk or visit www.train2000.org.uk.

Ninety years on - gender equality still slow

Source: http://hr.blr.com/HR-news/Discrimination/Equal-Pay-Comparable-Worth/Gender-Equality-Makes-Slow-Progress-/

A RECENT poll has revealed that gender inequality is still a big problem in the United States both inside and outside of work – 90 years after women’s suffrage was enacted in 1920.

The Harris Interaction Poll, which was conducted amongst 2,412 adults, was designed to measure general attitudes and beliefs of American adults about the changing roles of men and women in society.

Three-quarters of women surveyed agreed with the statement that the country still has a long way to go to reach complete gender equality. Just over half of men (52%) agreed with the statement, and 73% of LGBT respondents agreed with the statement.

Focusing on the workplace, 69% of survey respondents said that women do not receive the same pay as men for doing exactly the same job, according to Harris Interactive. In addition, 62% of respondents agreed that women are often discriminated against in terms of promotions to supervisory and executive jobs.

“In 90 years, many things have changed for women in this country,” according to Harris Interactive. “And some may argue things are better, but there is still the undercurrent that there are issues, especially when it comes to pay and employment, where things have not yet approached an equal footing with men. Women are sitting in more boardrooms and at the helms of more companies today, but there is a sense they are not yet getting paid the same as men in those positions.”

To read the full article and to see the survey results please click here

Enteprise Week - join one of Train 2000's activities


THIS week is Enterprise Week and to celebrate Train 2000 is holding a variety of activities across Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

If you'd like to get involved book your place on one the following NOW.

Women’s Enterprise Day Open Coffee Morning – A chance for women from Liverpool to come and meet our business advice team to find out more about the option of self employment. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday 17th November 9.30am-12.30pm, Old Police Station, Lark Lane, Liverpool. No need to book, just turn up!

Enterprise Week Afternoon Tea - A chance for women from Sefton to come and meet our business advice team to find out more about the option of self employment. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday 18th November 1pm-3pm, Starbucks, Lord Street, Southport. No need to book, just turn up!


Enterprise Week Coffee Morning - This will give women the opportunity to have an informal chat with a member of our business advice team, about the FREE support that Train 2000 can offer.

Friday 19th November 9.30 – 11.30am, Coffi, South Road, Waterloo. Noo need to book just turn up!

And, throughout the week we will be showing visitors and guests around our brand new Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) which is set to open this December.

If you are interested in attending on or more of our events and would like further information please call Train 2000 on 0151 236 6601 or email us at info@train2000.org.uk

Enterprise Week is a national initiative which celebrates and promotes enterprise. Events will be taking place across the country with many being held in the Merseyside and Greater Manchester areas.

Watch this space for updates of events taking place during Enterprise Week (November 15 – 21).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Harvard sheds light on closing the gender gap

Source: http://www.forbes.com/2010/11/09/gender-gap-business-case-diversity-forbes-woman-leadership-harvard-women-public-policy.html?boxes=Homepagechannels


WORLD class researchers and global political and business leaders joined forces at Harvard’s Kennedy School for a two-day intense conference to consider the latest research surrounding gender equality.

Led by Iris Bohnet, Director of the Kennedy School’s Women’s and Public Policy programme leaders explored the business case for gender equality around the world.

World academic leaders brought their latest research to the forefront - and new data revealed the following;

- Women tend to make less risky calls in business when investing

- Quotas do work

- There is a strong correlation around the world between gender equality and poverty. The greater the gender inequality the greater the poverty.

To discover more of the findings and to read the full article please click here

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hammer Down - Train 2000's Ebay Course a Success!


Women's Enterprise and Employment agency Train 2000's latest course was considered a "resounding success" upon its debut in The Ark Children's Centre yesterday.

As part of the 'School Gates' initiative Train 2000 are now offering 'Buying and Selling on Ebay' courses throughout Liverpool and Knowsley.

Enterprise Manager at Train 2000 Jackie Williams said:
"Learning how to trade on ebay opens a door into enterprise for those who may not have even considered it before. For mum's it can be a way to generate an income that can fit around childcare responsibilities, for those new to enterprise it can be a way to test the waters selling unwanted items around the home."

The course covers:
- What is Ebay?
- How do I set up an account?
- Buying Tips – How to grab the bargains
- Paypal
- How to sell on ebay
- How to get the best price for your items

Feedback from the women who attended the pilot session included:

"Fantastic and interesting course, lots of ideas and tips received"
"Easy to follow and understand, Cannot wait to start Selling!!!"
"Feeling very motivated and empowered to go and join ebay and get with it!"
"Good hints and tips, knowing what to put in listings, how to word listings, prices etc."
"Will definitely start a business on ebay"

This course is available for parents at the following schools:

Monksdown Primary School, Norris Green - Wed 17th Nov 9.30am-12.30pm

Middlefield Primary School, Speke - Tues 23rd Nov 9.30am-12.30pm

Kingsley Primary School, Granby - Wed 24th Nov 12.30pm-3pm

If you would like more information about this course, to book on any of the above dates, or to register interest for future dates, please contact our team on 0151 236 6601 or info@train2000.org.uk

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stockport businesswoman launches new events company

ON November 28 this year mum-of-two and founder of RDA Events Anna Stocks will host ‘Mothers Instinct’ in Manchester – the latest of her hugely successful events which she has single-handedly pulled together.

“I am just so passionate about what I do” said 29-year-old Anna, who started the events business up earlier this year, “I love organising events, promoting them, getting people on board and turning an event into a real success.”

Stockport resident Anna, who also works as a part-time customer services manager got the idea to start up her own event management company when the recession hit.

She explained: “I pick a theme such as mothers instinct which is my forthcoming event and the entire event will be themed around everything for mums, babies and toddlers. I have got some leading companies coming along such as baby premier, kids unlimited, run of the mill, family magazine, Gulliver’s World and many more.

“Other event organisers charge a huge amount to exhibitors but I charge just a minimum fee to entice them along. And, because there is a recession and companies don’t want to pay huge amounts to exhibit they are happy to pay a smaller fee and it is an excellent way for them to promote their products. Although the price is very reasonable we never compromise the quality of the event or the amount of marketing undertaken.

“Visitors to the event can also enter free of charge. Mothers Instinct promises to be fantastic; I have got all areas covered; nurseries, photography, baby clothes, children’s entertainment, beauty; everything that could possibly be wanted by mums with young babies and toddlers.”

Anna has a degree in fashion marketing and has worked in the retail sector for more than ten years now – and is able to use these skills in her new venture.

And, for the New Year Anna is already planning her New Year New You event. Later in the year Anna will also be bringing Mothers Instinct to Liverpool in March and to the Wirral during June.

She added: “I have got so many ideas for future events, I am really driven and am thoroughly enjoying the challenges and opportunities that running my own business brings.”

Anna, who has two children aged three and six, says that running her own business allows her greater flexibility around being a mum. Once she had decided to become self-employed Anna set to by looking on the internet to see what business support would be available to her.

“I couldn’t believe it when I came across Train 2000” she added, “I didn’t know that there was organisation that provided free business advice to women, so when I saw it on the internet I made an appointment and went along to meet with an adviser.

“Mike was extremely helpful, he gave me lots of support and was extremely enthusiastic about my business idea and helping me to push my business forward.”

Anna received help and advice under Train 2000’s business support programme where she received one to one advice from a business adviser as well as help with putting her business plan together.

“I know it sounds a cliché but I really couldn’t have done with without Train 2000” said Anna.

Mothers Instinct takes place on Sunday November 28 at the Waterside Hotel, Didsbury in Manchester. Anyone who is interested is in finding out more should call Anna on 07791 070 457 or email annastocks@hotmail.co.uk

To find out more about RDA Events visit www.rdaevents.co.uk

And, if like Anna you are a woman from the Stockport area and area and are keen to start up your own business please call Train 2000 on 0161 833 8800 or visit www.train2000.org.uk

Gender Inequalities - India fares lower than Pakistan

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-is-worse-than-Pakistan-on-gender-equality/articleshow/6872894.cms

WHEN it comes to gender inequalities India fares lower than all other countries in South Asia apart from Afghanistan – according to findings of the 2010 Human Development Report released by the United Nations Development Programme.

In the report India came even lower than Pakistan – a country which is frequently in the news for its treatment of women.

Reproductive health is the largest contributor to the inequality index. The other indicators, based on which it is calculated, include women's participation in the labour force, their level of empowerment based on educational attainment and parliamentary representation.

India, however, does better in female participation in the labour force, with the figure being 36% for the nation as opposed to 23% for Pakistan.

India ranks 122 among 138 countries for which the gender inequality measure has been calculated. Pakistan is at 116, and Bangladesh is a notch higher at 112.

The other area, where India needs to do better is at the level of Parliamentary participation.

To read the full article please click here
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-is-worse-than-Pakistan-on-gender-equality/articleshow/6872894.cms">

Friday, November 5, 2010

Women drive forward small business exports

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/8086224/Female-entrepreneurs-take-up-export-mantle.html

LATEST figures from UK Trade & Investment have revealed that women are driving forward Britain's small business exports efforts.

At the start of the millennium only 13 per cent of the thousands of businesses preparing to export and taking part in trade fairs were majority owned or run by women - but, since 2008 that annual figure has almost tripled to 34 per cent of the 25,000 businesses that are assisted by UK Trade & Investment each year.

Kristina Bobs, who moved to Britain in 1993 to complete her chemistry studies from her native Lithuania, is just one of the successful exporter. She has set up a blown glass and linen design business called Svaja that is now selling around the world. "I always think before saying 'yes, we are doing very well'. But I am quite proud to say we are doing well," said Mrs Bobs.

To read the full article, which includes case studies on women who are successful exporters please click here.

And, if you are a woman from the Merseyside or Greater Manchester area and are looking to start up your own export business please call Train 2000 on 0151 236 6601 or visit www.train2000.org.uk and one of our experienced advisers will be able to help.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Join Train 2000 to celebrate Enterprise Week

AT Train 2000 we are inviting women from across Merseyside and Greater Manchester to get involved with a number of activities taking pace during this year’s Enterprise Week.

Throughout the week we will be offering free courses to women including Turn Your interest Into a Business, an introduction to self-employment day as well as an open coffee morning, afternoon tea and much more.

Enterprise Week is a national initiative which celebrates and promotes enterprise. Events will be taking place across the country with many being held in the Merseyside and Greater Manchester areas.

Details of events being held by Train 2000 are as follows;

Turn Your Interest Into a Business – If you’re a woman and are considering your career options or would like to turn your interest or hobby into a business success, then this one day course could be just what you’re looking for.

Tuesday 16th November 10am-3pm, Held at Train 2000, 5th Floor, Wellington Buildings, The Strand Pier Head, Liverpool, L2 0PP. Booking is essential via 0151 236 6601 or info@train2000.org.uk


Introduction to Self Employment Day – If you are considering self-employment then why not join us for this one day course that will give you an introduction in what being your own boss is all about.

Tuesday 16th November 10am-3pm held at Broadstone Mill, Broadstone Road, Stockport. Booking is essential via 0161 833 8800 or info@train2000.org.uk


Women’s Enterprise Day Open Coffee Morning – A chance for women from Liverpool to come and meet our business advice team to find out more about the option of self employment. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday 17th November 9.30am-12.30pm, Old Police Station, Lark Lane, Liverpool. No need to book, just turn up!

Enterprise Week Afternoon Tea - A chance for women from Sefton to come and meet our business advice team to find out more about the option of self employment. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday 18th November 1pm-3pm, Starbucks, Lord Street, Southport. No need to book, just turn up!


Enterprise Week Coffee Morning - This will give women the opportunity to have an informal chat with a member of our business advice team, about the FREE support that Train 2000 can offer.

Friday 19th November 9.30 – 11.30am, Coffi, South Road, Waterloo. Noo need to book just turn up!

And, throughout the week we will be showing visitors and guests around our brand new Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) which is set to open this December.

If you are interested in attending on or more of our events and would like further information please call Train 2000 on 0151 236 6601 or email us at info@train2000.org.uk

Watch this space for updates of events taking place during Enterprise Week (November 15 – 21).

Call for more women in leadership roles

Source: http://armenianow.com/social/25639/armenia_gender_legislation

A REPRESENTATIVE of the American National Assembly’s majority party is calling for a legal amendment to ensure that more women will be involved in leadership roles – believing the move would have a positive impact on gender discrimination issues.

But – others remain sceptical about the approach stating that to single out women would be discriminatory in itself.

During a discussion at the National Press Club, which focused on changes in Armenia’s gender-related legislation and their possible impact on legal and social policies in the country, Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) parliamentary faction member Karine Achemyan said an examination of international experience led the faction to propose a draft law under which the number of women in the 131-seat National Assembly shall be at least 10 percent.


Jemma Hasratyan, chairwoman of the Association of Women with University Education, an organization promoting leadership among women, said that international practice has long moved farther in this matter and discussing such a limited participation of women in the legislative process is simply meaningless.

“According to a Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly pledge to which Armenia should also be committed, women in the National Assembly should occupy at least 40 percent of seats, and if a woman MP resigns, it is another woman who should replace her,” said Hasratyan.

To read the full article please click here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Liverpool businesswoman launches Bo's Place

AFTER being in employment since the age of 16 when it came to retirement Eileen Shaw decided it wasn’t what she wanted – so instead she seized the opportunity and started up her own business.

Now, the 64-year-old, who is from Liverpool, runs Bo’s Place a dog boarding service from the comfort of her own home, offering residential stays for dogs whilst their owners are away.

“I have worked all my life” said Eileen, “and it’s just not in me to stop. I decided to set up Bo’s Place, because I had my own rescue dog for eight years, who unfortunately died in March this year, he went everywhere with me and when he went I was just completely lost without him. But, I didn’t want another dog it just didn’t seem right.

“I was even struggling to go out of my own house, because I didn’t have him with me. Then one morning I woke up and thought, I can’t have another dog of my own, but I can look after other people’s dogs here and that’s when I decided to set up my own business.”

Already business is doing extremely well for Eileen – and she has dogs booked in up to the middle of next year.

“I am really pleased with how well business is going” she said “and I have had some great feedback from customers. When the dogs come to my house it is like home from home for them and they have the full run of the house. I never have more than two dogs at once, so they are really well looked after.”

Eileen, whose children are now grown up, says she is thoroughly enjoying being self-employed and adds that it is nice getting to know the dogs she looks after.

Prior to starting up the business Eileen came along to Train 2000 where she received help and support under the business start up programme. She worked on a one to one basis with her business adviser in putting her business plan together.

She said: “I went to see Barclays Bank about opening up a business bank account and my adviser there told me about Train 2000. So, I made an appointment and went along, the support I received was extremely helpful.”

Eileen started up the business in September 2010 and she is very positive that it will be a real success.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Bo’s Place should visit www.bosplace.co.uk where an application form can be downloaded.

And, if like Eileen you are a woman from Merseyside who is interested in starting up your own business please visit www.train2000.org.uk or call 0151 236 6601.

New Brazilian President pledges to fight for women’s rights

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/01/brazil-first-presidenta-womens-rights

‘Yes women can’ – that is the battle cry that can be heard from Brazil’s first ever female President Dilma Rousseff.

Speaking after her historic election on Sunday night, Dilma Rousseff echoed US president Barack Obama's "Yes, we can" slogan, telling supporters: "Equal opportunities for men and women are an essential principle of democracy.

"I would like for fathers and mothers to look into their daughters' eyes today and tell them: 'Yes, women can.' I would like to register my first post-election commitment: to honour Brazilian women so that this unprecedented fact becomes a natural event."

Fátima Pacheco Jordão, a Brazilian sociologist, said "Most important in this feminist-tinged speech was that she described the advance of gender equality issues as one of the foundations of democracy," she said. "Never has a [Brazilian] president treated the gender question in this way."

Maggie O’Carroll, Train 2000 and WICED Chief Executive Officer, commented: “It is good to see that Brazil now has a female president who will be pushing forward the very important issue of gender equality.

“At Train 2000 and WICED we very much support the notion ‘yes women can’ and believe that this is a very positive step forward for the women of Brazil.”

To read the full article click here.

And, to find out more about the free services offered by Train 2000 to women in the Merseyside and Greater Manchester area visit www.train2000.org.uk or further details about the new Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) opening up in Liverpool this December visit www.train2000.org.uk/wiced