Thursday, January 27, 2011

More women through the doors at The Women's Organisation's new building

THE Women's Organisation has welcomed more women through its doors at its brand new home on St James Street.

Volunteers from the Women's Circles Project Monette Tapa-Mekomou and Abi Booth (pictured) took a tour round the building yesterday (Wednesday).

"It was a delight to be able to show some of the women around our new building" said Women's Involvement Officer Lin Hankinson who runs Women's Circles. "I felt so proud of what we have achieved here and both Monette and Abi were just lost for words. They found it difficult to even describe how brilliant they thought this new facility for women is".

The Women's Organisation also played host to it's first evening event as local women came to take part in our 'Planning for Success' training around business planning.

Training Co-ordinator Bernie Cox said "I just loved being able to show the women into our fantastic new training facilities. It has always been a pleasure to be able to watch women take their first steps to setting up their own business venture, but all the better now we can do this with fabulous views to go with it!".

To find out more about The Women's Organisation and the range of FREE business advice and training services on offer please call 0151 236 6601 or free phone 0800 587 0383.

Alternatively email or visit

Drop in and see us for Free business advice

IF you're thinking about starting up your own business come and visit members of staff from The Women's Organisation at an area near you - and find out about the FREE business advice services on offer.

Next month members of the team will be at the following locations

- Tuesday 8th February Allerton Library 12pm-3pm

- Coffee Morning Wednesday 9th February Old Police Station Lark Lane 9.30am-11.30am

- Drop in session Thursday 10th February Bear and Staff Pub Gateacre Brow

Come along and see us to find out about all of our services including a £200 start-up grant for women in the Knowsley and Liverpool areas.

If you would like any further information please call The Women's Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or free phone 0800 587 0383. Alternatively email or visit

£200 boost for businesswomen in Knowsley & Liverpool

WOMEN in Liverpool and Knowsley who start up their own businesses are to be given an extra cash boost thanks to The Women’s Organisation.

Any woman living in either of these areas will receive a £200 start-up grant when they set up in business. And, the money can be used towards any start-up costs from marketing through to business stationary - so it’s bound to be extremely useful to anyone newly self-employed.

Jackie Williams, Enterprise Director for The Women’s Organisation, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the women of Knowsley and Liverpool this start-up grant of £200. It will be extremely helpful to them in the initial stages of business start-up when there are often costs incurred.”

And, any women interested in becoming their own boss will not only benefit from the £200 start-up grant but they will also be able to take advantage of all of the FREE services on offer through The Women’s Organisation including one-to-one business advice and a range of business related courses.

Business advisers can also assist women in accessing further funding for business start-up.

So, if you’re a woman with a business idea and you live in the Knowsley or Liverpool areas call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or free phone 0800 587 0383 and find out how you can be £200 better off when you start up your own business.

Alternatively email or visit

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First Women Trained at The Women's Organisation's New Home

The first group of women to take part in training at The Women's Organisation's new St James Street Offices were delighted with their new home.

The women who are all local entrepreneurs came to hear a talk on Marketing and Communication delivered by Enterprise Enabler from The Women's Organisation Rhian Pavitt.

We asked the women what their impressions were of the new building and how they felt about Liverpool having this flagship Centre for Women's Economic Development. Here are some of the comments:

The first ever client to walk through the door at our new building was Steph Kilshaw who runs her business 'The Pink Plasterer' in Liverpool. She said:
"In this economic climate I am amazed and think the Women's Organisation have done so well to have this building. There is still a lot of sexism out there, as national news this week even has shown, so having somewhere that champions women is great. I have found since working with The Women's Organisation that their events and training have been invaluable for making business contacts and finding clients".

"I think the new building is really lovely. Coming to visit right at the beginning you feel like you are a part of it which is great. It's so nice, light, airy and accessible, and seeing the success of this really inspires you that you can be successful in your business too" said Sefton based Sally Gardner of One 2 One Counselling and Life Coaching -

"It's very impressive, customer friendly, bright, roomy and inviting. When I heard that The Women's Organisation were building a new building I just kind of thought 'oh right' but didn't understand the scale of it. When I walked around the corner this morning and saw it I literally said WOW! I would highly recommend The Women's Organisation courses etc. They have shown me areas of business I hadn't thought of" said Yvonne Matthews of making locally sourced organic honey in Liverpool.

"We think it's amazing! Business has always been perceived as being male driven, like there is a glass ceiling for women, so this is particularly inspiring. The Women's Organisation have been a great help to me, particularly with business planning. That has been really beneficial and they have left me feeling like I could easily write my next business plan tomorrow" said Louise Roberts of Funky Kids Boutique based in Sefton who can be found on facebook.

"The building is very eye catching. Inside it is so spacious. I just want to say 'Well done' to The Women's Organisation on your journey so far" said Clare Ellis Abstract artist -

The Women's Organisation can now be found at 54 St. Jame's Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB. For a map or directions contact our Liverpool team on 0151 236 6601 or

New Year Networking for Local Women in Business

The Women's Organisation welcomed local business women to network for the final time at their Wellington Building offices on Thursday 20th January. The last event before moving to the organisation's new home at the WICED development on St Jame's Street was a suitably positive occasion.

Former client Sylvia Walker (pictured) gave an interesting and upbeat talk around using NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Techniques to build a more positive outlook to encourage yourself to business success!

Feedback from the night included

"This event was really beneficial both personally and professionally, many thanks"
"Great networking opportunity and interesting talk"

To find out more about Sylvia's training and workshops around Personal Development and NLP email her on

The Women's Organisation offer regular networking opportunities to Merseyside and Greater Manchester women in business. To register your interest in these events please email

Radio City and The W.O. on Sky Sports Sexism Scandal

Following Football pundit Andy Gray's inexcusable sexist remarks towards female referee Sian Massey, Radio City Liverpool spoke to CEO of The Women's Organisation Maggie O'Carroll for her thoughts.

CLICK HERE to listen to a sound clip from the story.

Since the news of Gray's comments hit, Sky Sports have taken the decision to terminate his contract. Read the latest from Radio City's newsdesk here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Liverpool graduate starts up new physio business

WHEN Lyndsey Rice graduated from university with a physiotherapy degree she knew that due to NHS cutbacks there would be no jobs available – so she took the decision from the outset to become self-employed.

Now, the 26-year-old runs Elite Physiotherapy providing private physiotherapy to clients in the Liverpool and surrounding areas.

She said: “The economic downturn has made it very difficult to get a job within the NHS. There are greater numbers of training positions than there are jobs at the end, so it is a very difficult situation.

“I am glad that I went for the alternative option of becoming self-employed and so far things are going extremely well.”

Lyndsey has set up her business alongside a fitness consultant, who is able to pass work on to her. She is also the physiotherapist for Liverpool-based basketball team the Mersey Tigers.

Prior to training as a physiotherapist Lyndsey worked as a physiotherapy assistant. She then went on to complete her degree at Liverpool University.

She added: “I have been set up since June and I am really starting to build up a good client base now, I get all sorts of people coming along men and women, with people with general aches and pains or sports injuries.”

Lyndsey, who is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, came along to The Women’s Organisation for help and advice before opening up her business. She received free advice under the business support programme and worked on a one-to-one basis with an adviser to put her business plan together.

She said: “Going to The Women’s Organisation was really helpful. I had never completed a business plan before so it was very useful to have some help along the way.“

Lyndsey lives in the Liverpool area – close to where she works – and offers a personalised service working flexibly around the times that clients can meet her.

“I love being my own boss” she said, “I absolutely love my job too and I really do find what I am doing, very exciting. This really is the best thing I have ever done.”

To find out more about the services offered by Lyndsey please visit or email

And, if like Lyndsey you too are interested in starting up your own business please call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or visit

Cameron to discuss gender equality at today’s Nordic-Baltic Summit

GENDER equality will be on the agenda at today’s Nordic-Baltic Summit in London when leaders from eight Northern European countries meet to plot a pathway for growth for the rest of the European Union.

The Nordic-Baltic Summit in London today will see heads of government and business leaders from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland join those from the U.K. to compare strategies for promoting innovation, green technologies and gender equality. In an opening statement, Cameron said these countries shared a common attitude to the economy that was different from much of the rest of Europe.

Among the subjects for discussion in private sessions this morning will be the concept of quotas to ensure women are represented on company boards.

To read the full story click here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Young entrepreneur sets her sights on the stars

22-YEAR-OLD Laura Flynn is no ordinary beautician – she plans to do hair, make up and nails for the stars – and that’s why she started up her own business Laura Flynn Make-up, Hair & Beauty.

“In June this year I graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Make-up and Hair Design for film, photography and music” said Laura, “and although this is an extremely competitive area to get into, I am very determined to work at it and find my way in some how.

“After graduating I decided that the best way forward for me, was to start up my own business, this way I could work on doing hair, make up and nails for general customers whilst dedicating a lot of time to getting into the entertainment industry also.”

So far Laura says her business is doing very well.

“At the moment I am doing a lot of occasion make up and face painting for children’s parties. Although long term this isn’t something I intend to do fulltime, I am thoroughly enjoying it.”

To further her chances of getting into the film, photography and music industry Laura has been along to the Daniel James School of Make-Up and has been accepted on a course there.

She added: “I am really excited about doing this course. The teacher is very experienced in the industry and has done make up for the likes of Doctor Who and Pirates of the Caribbean. The course will be a fantastic experience for me.”

After leaving university Laura went along to the job centre for support with finding work and it was there that she heard about The Women’s Organisation.

“The Women’s Organisation was fantastic” she added, “I worked on a one-to-one basis with my business adviser John, who helped me put my business plan together. I also went on the Tax and NI and Bookkeeping courses, which were very informative.”

Laura received free help and support from The Women’s Organisation under the business support programme.

She continued: “When I was at university I knew this was what I wanted to do. I thoroughly enjoy being my own boss and I am one hundred per cent committed to what I do and will never give up.”
Anyone who would like to book Laura for make up, hair or nails or to find out more about the services she offers should contact her on 07903 301 720 or email

And, if like Laura you are a woman who is interested in starting up your own business please call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or email Alternatively, visit

The Maggie O'Carroll Interview - in WEED

THE Women's Organisation's Chief Executive Officer Maggie O'Carroll was recently featured in WEED's (Women's Enterprise and Employment in Local Development) latest newsletter.

Within the interview Maggie talks about the specific barriers that face women entrepreneurs and what practical policy measures can be taken to help overcome these barriers.

To read the full interview as well as other articles in the latest newsletter please click here

And, to find out more about WEED visit the website

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Liverpool businesswoman gets active with BollyFit

DANCER and choreographer Pooja Saini has brought a touch of Bollywood to Liverpool with her brand new business BollyFit.

The 31-year-old has been delivering BollyFit classes to schoolchildren and adults throughout the area and is delighted with how well her business has taken off.

“The programme is not just about losing weight” said mum-of-two Pooja, “it’s about keeping fit, improving stamina, endurance, strength and most importantly improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

Pooja, who is experienced in many genres of dance including, ballet, jazz, salsa, ballroom, bhangra and bollywood - set up her business after the birth of her second child when she decided to just ‘go for it’.

She said: “I had thought about becoming self-employed for a while and after I had my second baby I decided it was the right time.

“The BollyFit classes have really taken off. I have been asked to conduct workshops in schools with Year Four pupils and taught them routines to Bollywood dances, which they loved. I have also been running my fitness classes at sports centres and gyms throughout the area and everyone who attends seems to really enjoy them and get a lot out of it.”

Pooja, who is a huge fan of Asian music, is also running BollyFit parties for children and adults which seem be a huge success.

“I really think they could take off” she said, “ The party involves dressing up with various Indian accessories, dancing and a performance at the end of the party.”

Aside from her passion for dance Pooja is also a trained psychologist, and is currently completing her PhD specialising in mental health. Long-term she plans to use dance to help people improve their mental well being.

“In the past I have done work with young people in secure units” she added “and I have seen firsthand how dance can be used as a tool to help them tackle their problems and work as a form of therapy.”

Pooja’s ultimate goal is to combine both her psychology and Fitness Dancer/Choreographer skills which are both about individuals’ well-being to develop dance therapy workshops.

Prior to starting up her business Pooja came along to The Women’s Organisation after she was referred by Business Link. She received free help and support and worked on a one-to-one basis with a business adviser to put her business plan together.

She said: “My adviser Huda was extremely helpful. She got me to think of all the aspects involved in running a business and she gave me some excellent advice.”

“I would certainly recommend The Women’s Organisation to other women who may be thinking about starting up their own businesses.”

Pooja said that as well as enjoying being her own boss, working for herself fits very well around bringing up a young family as her two children are currently aged just ten months and three years old.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Pooja’s BollyFit classes or BollyFit parties should contact her on 07946 169 335.

And, if like Pooja you are a woman from the Liverpool area and are interested in starting up your own business please contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or visit

Declining baby rates bode well for women


ACCORDING to a report on a U.S. website declining baby rates prompted by the recession bode well for women and their families.

Data released in December 2010 by the Centre for Disease Control and Preventions shows that birthsfor 2009 continued the downward trend begun in 2008, and 2010 data indicate more of the same. Falling birthrates often breed anxiety: Who will do the work; who will pay the Social Security taxes of the future? But in reality, the declining baby rates — prompted by the recession, many experts say — actually bode well for women, their families and the nation.

That's because, while the birthrate declined 3% overall, the underlying story is delay. And delay is good.

For the second year running, younger women are putting off kids in much greater numbers than older women. Births to teens declined 6%, and births to women age 20 to 24 fell a big 7%. After that, the decline diminished, coming in at 4% for those 25 to 29, 2% for the 30 to 34 group and 1% for those 35 to 39, while the rate for women 40 to 44 rose 3% for the second year running.

For the full story please click here.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Knowsley mum returns to work after becoming her own boss

FOR single mum Yvonne Deboe finding a job that she could manage around bringing up her children proved just too difficult - so after being unable to work for several years she decided to try something new and started up her own business.

Now, the 37-year-old runs Marrisanya a mobile nail and beauty business which she is able to manage around bringing up her two young children.

She said: “I have wanted to get back into work for so long now, but it just hasn’t been possible.

“I have got two daughters aged 13 and seven and my youngest has epilepsy, so I needed to be around for her a lot. Luckily now her condition has stabilised so it has given me the chance to go out and work again.”

Yvonne originally trained in nails back in 2001 but since then has never had the opportunity to work and last year she went back to college to study a beauty course in the lead up to running her own business.

“I knew I had the skills” said Yvonne, “so after I completed my course I decided to just go for it and set up my own business, I work from home and also go out to customer’s homes. It works really well for me, because I know I can still be there for my girls.”

Yvonne, who is from the Northwood area of Knowsley, said she was also inspired to set up the business because there was no one else offering mobile nail and beauty treatments in the area.

Through Marrisanya, a business name inspired by the combination of her daughters’ names Marissa and Shanaya, Yvonne offers a variety of treatments including acrylic and gel nails, manicures, pedicures, facials and much more.

Yvonne first heard about The Women’s Organisation at her local job centre. She then came along to the women’s enterprise agency where she received help and advice in starting up her business under the business start up programme.

“The Women’s Organisation was brilliant” said Yvonne “it was so nice to have somewhere to go to for help, particularly as I had been out of work for such a long time, it really gave me the confidence I needed to go out there and start up my own business.

“I worked with my adviser Amanda who helped me put my business plan together and she was really nice and made me feel at ease.”
Yvonne added: “I really love what I do and I am so happy to be working again. I am doing this for myself and for my daughters; this is much more than just a job for me.”

Anyone who is interested in booking Yvonne or finding out more about the range of treatments she has to offer should call her on 0151 289 8126. or drop her an email on

And, if like Yvonne you’re a woman who is interested in starting up your own business please call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or email

The Women's Organisation featured on City Talk

THE Women's Organisation's Chief Executive Maggie O'Carroll hit the airwaves recently when she took part in an interview on City Talk.

Speaking about equality in business Maggie talked about many of the issues surrounding gener equality in entrepreneurship.

To listen now click here.

And to find out more about The Women's Organisation visit

New Year new you - with The Women's Organisation

IF you’re looking for a new start this January then why not come along to one of our open days at The Women’s Organisation and find out all you need to know about starting up your own business.

Drop in and chat to a member of our team who will tell you about the FREE services on offer and give you an idea of exactly what it takes to become your own boss.

Next week we are holding open days across the area – see below for details;

- Monday 10th Jan Huyton Leisure Centre 12pm-6pm
- Wednesday 12th Jan Lark Lane, Old Police Station 10am-12pm
- Wednesday 12th Jan Formby Pool 1pm-4pm
- Thursday 13th Jan Wellington Buildings, The Strand, Liverpool 10am-7pm
- Friday 14th Jan College Road Library, Crosby 10am-1pm
- Friday 14th Jan Kirkby Market 9am-3pm

If you would like to know more call us on 0151 236 6601. Alternatively just come along to any of the open days listed above.

To find out more about The Women’s Organisation visit