Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Merseyside Women of the Year 2011 Open for Nominations

THE search for Merseyside’s most outstanding women has begun!

The Daily Post is looking to honour those who deserve recognition for their achievements in business, charity work, learning and any area which impacts on the lives of others in the community. They are looking for local people to put forward for nomination ourstanding Merseyside women. The winners of the prestigious Merseyside Women of the Year awards will be announced at a ceremony held at Crowne Plaza in Liverpool on Friday 24th June 2011.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from and emailed to by the closing date of 2nd May 2011.

The suggested categories for nomination for 2011 are :

- Community Affairs
- Arts and Culture
- Learning
- Women’s Group
- Business Woman of the Year
- Inspirational Woman of the Year

Please note nominees must live or work in Merseyside.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Women's Organisation Business Club Launches!

Business women from Merseyside and Greater Manchester came together for the launch of The Women's Organisations FREE business club. Held at The Women's Organisations brand new offices at 54 St James street the Business Club offered 'Successful Sales' as the topic for the first meeting.

Jo Copoc of Boomerang Business Solutions who set up with help from The Women's Organisation gave and inspiring talk around winning the 'yes' from customers and improving overall average orders.

Speaking from her experience of dealing with large brands and blue chip companies Jo stepped the women through techniques for making your deisred customers know you exist, getting them to notice your potential and building relationships that lead to sales. Jo says of business:

"As business owners we are walking adverts and our sales ability has to be exceptional to compete in this climate.
Word of mouth is the highest quality lead any business can generate, but in the current climate we are all so busy being reactive to the day to day processes that sometimes we forget our sales strategy and growth areas."

The Women's Organisation business adviser Mike Marsden also offered helpful networking tips to the women who attended including "Don't just meet once at a networking event - follow up with key leads".

Feedback from the event included:

"Lovely to see the new building. Fantastic presentation from Jo. Thanks to all"
"Excellent presentation and tips. Thanks"

For more information on how you can join The Women's Organisations Business Club which offers free networking opportunites to women running their own business in Merseyside or Greater Manchester - please contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

LEAD Programme for Female Business Owners

Calling all Small Business Female Owner/Managers... This is your LAST OPPORTUNITY to participate in this NWDA supported Leadership development programme!!!

Women in Leadership workshop will take place on Wednesday 27th April between 10am-12pm at the University of Liverpool Management School. This free workshop will be interactive and will feature responses and debate around some contemporary questions relevant to the female business leaders as well as it will give you an opportunity to help you learn how LEAD can benefit your business. Supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), LEAD is a leadership development programme specifically designed for owner/managers of small businesses with up to 50 employees. LEAD is a 10-month leadership programme that aims to improve staff productivity and business processes; help delegates manage their business more effectively; and increase their confidence to make the right decisions.
This morning will be interactive and will feature responses and debate around some key questions.

 What are some of your key challenges as a female Leader at work and how can collaboration help you…?

 The 'new paradigm' of leadership involves co-operation and diversity appreciation. How does this play to the strengths of females...?

 How to express your female power and ‘sell’ yourself as effectively as you can?

These questions will be addressed at the FREE workshop, and there will be more information around the LEAD programme that is open to women entrepreneurs, managers and leaders alike employing between 5 and 50 staff in the North West of England.

Please click here to find out more details about this event.

Places are limited, to book yours please contact Pooja Konjier on 0151 795 3723 or e-mail at

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Liverpool mum has a taste for business

AFTER a dietetic career spanning 16 years with the NHS Emma Carder decided it was the right time to go it alone and start up her own Nutrition & Dietetic Consultancy business.

Emma Carder Nutrition offers a professional and friendly service to individuals, groups, organisations and businesses in the Liverpool, Merseyside and surrounding areas.

Emma gained her degree in dietetics at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 1995. As a fully qualified and experienced health professional Emma feels she has a good skill set to help her succeed in her business.

“I left my NHS job in October 2010” said Emma, “ I felt I had enough experience to start up my own business and I needed a fresh challenge away from the NHS.”

Emma offers evidence based nutritional advice to her clients at a number of clinics within Liverpool. Popular consultations include weight management, cholesterol lowering and gastrointestinal disorders. As well as the two clinics Emma runs she also provides a nutritional consultancy service to organisations and businesses who require nutritional expertise.

She added: “Although I have only been established since Dec 2010 the response to my business has been very positive. I have been attending a variety of networking events within the city and my business has been received very well, which is encouraging.”

And, as well as running her own business, Emma has two young children aged nine and 11.

“Being my own boss has made a massive difference to my life” said Emma, “It’s lovely to be able to drop the children off at school now and to have the flexibility that being self-employed brings.”

Prior to starting up her business Emma came along to The Women’s Organisation where she received one-to-one business advice including help putting her business plan together.

She said: “I went along to Allerton library to meet with my adviser Huda. She was fantastic and if I hadn’t met her I’m not sure that I could have got to where I am now. It was good to have some one who could help and advise me along the way and I have also attended some of the courses offered by The Women’s Organisation; it was nice to meet other women in similar situations, I found it to be very supportive.

“Setting up my own business has been an extremely steep learning curve for me, but I am thoroughly enjoying it.”

Currently Emma is undertaking a variety of promotional activities including networking, google ad campaigns and magazine advertisements, in order to spread the word about her business.

She added: “In the first year my aim is to firmly establish the clinics I have within the city. Once I have achieved this, I will look at potentially expanding the business into other areas. Having my comprehensive business plan will help to guide me through this process.”

Anyone who would like to contact Emma either to find out more about her services or to make an appointment should contact her on 0151 221 1643 or email Alternatively you can visit her website at
And, if like Emma you are interested in starting up your own business call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 and find out about the range of FREE services we can offer. You can also email or visit

Thursday, April 14, 2011

BBC Seeks Young Entrepreneurs

BBC Three are planning to make a programme about young people who have decided to set up their own business. They are looking for five young people (under 24 preferably) who are:

* Starting up their own business
* Have not been to university

They are looking to reflect the growing trend of young people turning to enterprise during the recession.

They would be looking to film them over a period of a few weeks (but not everyday) and track the progress of their endeavours. For now they are looking for some case studies of potential young dynamic people we could interview for a short internal showreel we are making to show to the channel controller as soon as possible.

If you would like to get involved, please contact:

Reva Nandakumara
BBC Current Affairs tel: 0208 008 5359


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back to business for Stockport mum

TWENTY years ago Dawn Etchells ran her own business before pursuing a career in teaching but when she had to give up work after being diagnosed with depression – she got what she describes as an ‘inner calling’ to start up her own business again and that’s exactly what she did.

“I have worked in the area of holistic therapies since leaving school, firstly running my own business before becoming a teacher of holistic therapies," said Dawn, "which I did part time alongside my business clientel for 7 years, before focussing on teaching for the next 13 years and for the most part this was very enjoyable.

“But eventually teaching took its toll on me and I became quite ill with depression and had to give up work. It was when I was getting better that my aunt was diagnosed with cancer and I used to go round and give her some treatments like reflexology. Not only did this help her, but it really helped me too and definitely put me on the road to recovery and it re-ignited what it was I wanted to do with my life and that was to run my own business again.”

Now Dawn runs ‘ Holistic Health ’ providing a wide range of holistic therapies to clients in the comfort of their own homes, in the Stockport area. And, she also provides therapies to patients in the cancer day care centre Beechwood, on a voluntary basis.

She added: “People who are unwell really benefit from these treatments and although my services are not exclusive to those who are ill, I very much want to target this group.”

Dawn has two children aged 12 and nine and says that running her own business is great because it fits in much better with family life.

She added: “My children are still young and it’s nice to be around for them. Being self-employed suits me much better than being tied to a job which has very definite hours.”

Prior to starting up the business Dawn came along to The Women’s Organisation where she received free help and advice, under the business start-up programme. She worked on a one-to-one basis with a business adviser who helped put her business plan together.

Dawn said: “I received great help from The Women’s Organisation, when I first went along I really wasn’t sure whether starting up my own business again was the right thing to do. But, once I made contact with The Women’s Organisation, my adviser Lisa, helped bring me back into focus. She really helped me and gave me the belief that it was the right thing to do.”

Now Dawn is working hard to promote her business and let the people of Stockport know exactly what services she can offer – which is a wide range, from reflexology, reiki, aromatherapy massage and much more.

If you would like to speak to Dawn or to make an appointment with her, please give her a call on 07401 848 771.

And, if like Dawn you too are a woman from the Stockport or Merseyside area and are interested in starting up your own business please call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or email Alternatively you can visit our website at

Childcare costs for working parents – Government to bring in new changes

This April working parents across the country will get a shock – despite inflation running at 4.8 per cent the childcare costs they receive under Working Tax Credit will be cut by 10 per cent. And there is no indication that things are going to get better.

It remains unclear how childcare costs will be met under Universal Credit, with early indications that support may be even less than is available at present, and several recent Government consultations on new mandatory welfare to work programmes have been unable to commit to providing childcare for parents who are required by Jobcentre Plus to take part.

It’s too early to call for sure but indications are that the Government’s position is becoming increasingly conservative: if work doesn’t pay you enough to cover your childcare costs then it’s time to get back into the kitchen (unless of course you’re a lone parent).

The childcare element of Tax Credits was introduced in April 2003, meeting up to 70 per cent childcare costs (up to a maximum of £300 a week for two or more children) for eligible working families (those with household incomes low enough to entitle them to tax credits and where both parents/a single parent are are working 16 hours or more each). In March 2006 eligible costs were increased to 80 per cent, meaning that the maximum amount payable per week effectively moved from £210 (70 per cent of £300) to £240. However, only families on the lowest incomes and with the highest childcare costs will have recieved the full amount – for every £1 a household earns they lose, under present rules, 39p of their Tax Credit award.

To read the full article, please click here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Women's Organisation Business Club Launches

The Women's Organisation are delighted to invite local business women to the launch event for their new Business Club. This pilot event will be an evening of networking helping business women to understand techniques leading to 'Successful Sales'.

Held on: Wednesday 20th April 6pm-8.30pm

Held at: The Women's Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

The Women's Organisation success story Jo Copoc of Boomerang Business Solutions will be our guest speaker offering tips on:

•Improving the average value of orders
•Getting the 'yes' from customers
•Improving overall sales

Jo says of her business sales approach:
"A proactive sales approach is so much more profitable than a reactive one and with good sales skills and high customer service our businesses will grow from strength to strength and most importantly produce the profits to enable us to grow."

As well as this interesting talk this event will offer:

•Opportunity for local business women to network
•Networking hints and tips
•Light refreshments

Booking is essential by calling 0151 236 6601 or emailing

The event is FREE to members of The Women's Organisation Business Club.
Business Club membership is free of charge and open to women currently running a business in Merseyside or Greater Manchester.

If you are not yet a member and would like to attend this event please call 0151 236 6601 or email to book a place and register

Sustainability through Partnership Conference with LJMU

Liverpool Business School is running a “Sustainability through Partnership Conference” on Wednesday, 11th May 2011, 11:00 – 15:00

Liverpool John Moores University has extensive experience of engaging with a range of organisations and supporting knowledge development and wish to share with you about successes in learning from several collaborative projects with partners that include:

• British Red Cross
• North West Fire & Rescue Services
• Fusion 21
• Department of Health
• SportsLinx

Come along and hear about how your organisation can to explore potential knowledge sharing opportunities with LJMU. Learn about the practical ways in which existing partners have benefited. Discuss how you might access funding for your organisation. Reflect on how enhanced knowledge can increase the capacity of your people.

Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court
Roscoe Boardroom
2, Rodney Street
L1 2UA

Although this is a free event, please note places are limited to this conference. You will need to register for this event by 03rd May 2011, by e-mail to or call Amanda on 0151 231 3452
* Lunch will be provided, please indicate any specific dietary requirements when you register.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Networking – what it means for women

A RECENT article in the LA Times considered just how ‘networking’ can make a real difference to women in business.

It states that the interaction with other business owners created through networking is one way to get around entrenched, old boys groups.

But – it says that networking for women goes far beyond building relationships.

Carmen Rad, president of the CR&A Custom Digital Printing company, spent the first eight years of building up her business without networking at all but now she attends at least one networking group a week.

She said: "There is a tremendous advantage to joining, and you can't just join one. You need to join more than one because each organisation will have a different added value,"

Carmen Rad, who is on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, said her involvement with networking groups has helped her secure new contracts, bank loans and associates. She even found her accountant through one.

Female business owners — who sometimes have to work around entrenched, old-boy networks in order to expand their businesses — have found networking events to be particularly valuable.

"Creating strong networks, building those relationships, comes out time and time again" as key advice from successful women business owners, said Sharon Hadary, an author and former executive director of the Center for Women's Business Research in McLean, Va.

Some people who work on their own have found networking groups to be a good way to expand their contacts.

Ann Brenoff, a writer and marketing specialist in Malibu, founded the Women's Entrepreneurial Group with financial project manager Cathy Morrison of Pacific Financial Concierge.

"I work in my garage, I talk to my dog all day long, and a lot of women are working like this, working in isolation," she said.

To read the full article, please click here.