Friday, August 26, 2011

Mini Media Training with Clare Delve

Join 54 St James St tenant Clare Delve for a half day course in media training.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

 Write a basic press release.
 Identify your business’ key messages
 Spot a good story
 Be interviewed confidently

Benefits of coming along:

• Communicate with your customers
• Improve your brand
• Learn what journalists want in a press release
• Get your message across quickly and succinctly in an interview

Dates available:
Thursday 22nd September 2011 9am-1pm - Liverpool

Course pack for future reference
Personal PR ideas for your business.

Just £40 per person

Book Early – only 10 places per workshop!

If you would like to book your place please contact Clare Delve on 07545 600 825. Email or contact via Twitter @claredelve.

For more information go to

Thursday, August 25, 2011

£40,000 kick-start funding available

The North West Social Value Foundation (SVF) is a membership organisation formed by North West NHS Organisations committed to promoting the development of Social Value.

In order to deliver on its mission, SVF has identified £40,000 to invest in a number of ‘kick-start’ projects between NHS delivery bodies and the voluntary and community sector or social enterprises. The Social Value Foundation currently has £40,000 to invest, with no minimum or maximum limit for any proposal. It is hoped that if successful, additional resources may be released.

It is looking for projects or ideas that go the extra mile to make a difference to communities. They should be partnerships of NHS organisations working with a social enterprise or VCS organisation.

All enquiries should be addressed to Julie Cheetham,

Initial expressions of interest should be submitted by 30 September 2011. Those proposals nominated to progress to an investment panel stage will be notified by 10 October 2011, in readiness to pitch on either 20 October or 3 November, 2011.

Business Club Looks at 'Tax Tips & Finance'

Next Month at The Women’s Organisation Business Club's networking evening we will be exploring ‘Tax Tips & Finance’

Held on:
Thursday 15th September 6pm-8.30pm

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


Accountancy expert and business owner Helen Rehm of RMC Accountancy Services Ltd. will be looking at why ‘Accountancy Matters’ particularly to support you with:

• Optimum profitability
• Compliance
• Maximising personal gain

As well as leaving you with helpful tips on key financial deadlines to look out for. Having set up her business with support from The Women's Organisation, Helen fully appreciates how organising your finances can be daunting at first for SME's.

Local business woman Traci Williams of ExcelAce will be giving a whistle stop tour of ‘Excel: Top Tips & Simple Tricks’.

Giving you some fantastic hints on ways to use spread sheets to keep on top of your finances, Traci will show you how powerful Excel can be…….Simply!!

FREE to members of The Women's Organisation Business Club.

Our business club is currently offering FREE membership to women running their own business in Merseyside or Greater Manchester. Offering frequent networking and training opportunities to support the development of your business.

To join or book contact 0151 706 8111 or

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Victoria Rose Seek Support to Make Cancer Sufferers Big Day Special

When local business Victoria Rose heard the story of cancer sufferer Julie they couldn’t help but be touched and begin thinking of ways to offer support. Julie (42) has sadly been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She and her long term partner have decided to make the most of the time they have together and get married, so they are now in the process of planning their wedding. They don't have a great deal of money so everyone is rallying round to provide what they can.

Victoria Rose have already offered a wedding cake and afternoon tea, but they would like to encourage any local businesses or community members who would like to offer support to get in touch. If you are able to help in any way please contact

FREE HR Clinic with High Performance Consultancy

High Performance Consultancy brings you the first of their FREE HR clinics.
The first topic will cover Employment Tribunals and how to Avoid, Manage and Succeed.
Practical advice and guidance will be given with a Q&A session to address any specific issues delegates may have.

Date: 29th September 2011
Time: 08.30am – 10.00am
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool

08.30am – 09.00am – Breakfast Networking
09.00am – 09.40am – Presentation covered by MD & Operations Director of HPC including case law
09.40am – 10.00am – Q&A session

Every delegate in attendance will qualify for a FREE 30 minute health check with oan experienced consultant and a FREE 30 day trial of OneHR – a new online solution to monitoring and recording employee information.

For more information and to book your place contact

When confirming you attendance please submit any questions you feel would help you to gain knowledge in the topic area. Questions can be company specific or anonymous simply state on your question.

Morgan Foundation Awards Deadline Approaching!

The closing date for this year's Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards is just ten days away! Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a winner in the region's most prestigious Awards, all aimed at making a real difference to entrepreneurial businesses, charities and social enterprises. There's £115,000 of cash prizes to be shared amongst the winners, plus a package of significant business support. Catagories include:

- Best New Business
- Best Business providing Social or Economic Contribution to the Region
- Best Entrepreneurial Charity or Social Enterprise
- Best Young Entrepreneur
- Best New Business Idea by a Young Entrepreneur
- Against All Odds

As Chairman and Founder, Steve Morgan has said, "if you aren't on the playing field, you can't score a goal!"

For further information and to register, go to or call the Awards Team on 01289 782800.

Good luck and get your application in by 2nd September!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Summer Networking Success for The Women's Organisation

54 St James St in Liverpool (Home of The Women's Organisation) was packed out last night with female entrepreneurs coming together for an evening of networking. The evening was a 'Summer Social' celebration for The Women's Organisation business club featuring:

- Networking
- Live Music - Courtesy of Jo Austin as @AdeleTribute
- Opportunity for Business Club members to have their say of what they would like from the network over the coming year
- Presentation to new businesses starting up this month
-Free Raffle.

Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses and included: A voucher for a personal coaching session with consultant Sylvia Walker, a gift basket of handmade soaps thanks to Lynne Allen of Ayntresoaps, a local history gift package thanks to Jackie Waters of Memory Catchers, a CD Accountancy package with a training session from RMC Accountancy, a voucher for 2 hours of personal training with Chelsee Beyga Personal Trainer and some chocolates and a FCUK giftset from The Women's Organisation.

The Women's Organisation Business Club now has over 130 members, all north west women running their own business, with over 50 regularly attending each time.

Feedback comments from the event included:

"Really impressed, thank you so much"
"Very well organised, Thank you"
"Very impressed, first time on an event like this, would come again!"
"Nice atmosphere"
"Jo was mazing, well done"
"Very Enjoyable Event"
"Had a great time, thank you"
"Fab, Jo was brilliant. Great opportunity to network and share ideas"
"Really enjoyed the night, singing great, company excellent. Thank you!"
"It was a good evening"
"Really surprised how busy it was tonight, I didn't bring enough cards!. Very impressed with The W.O. and will continue to use your services and more events"

Click here to check out the flickr album of photographs from the event courtesy of Georgina Ravenscraft of Georgina G Photography.

Our next Business Club networking evening will be around the topic 'Tax Tips and Finance' with support from RMC Accountancy and ExcelAce. Being held on 15th September 6pm-8.30pm, places are limited and open to Business Club members only. The Women's Organisation Business Club is currently FREE to join for women running their own business in Merseyside or Greater Manchester. To book on the next event or for details of how to join contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or

Vote for Smoobo! - The Women's Organisation Backing International Female Entrepreneurs

Following on from our article following a fantastic female entreprenuer joining the Electrolux Design Challenge, voting is now up online!

The Women's Organisation are backing Roseanne de Bruin (New Zealand) who has made a game out of blending a smoothie at home with the Smoobo Blender. Bounce this space age ball around and the kinetic energy gets the blades moving.

Finalist Roseanne de Bruin is following family trend in paving the way for female enterpreneurship. Her mother Professor Anne de Bruin is currently working with The Women's Organisation as one of the WICED panel of experts, pooling international knowledge to champion women's economic development.

Please click here and cast your vote for Smoobo by Roseanne de Bruin.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Knowsley’s Kathryn makes Knitting a Family Affair

Saving four jobs and a shop with 80 years of business heritage was no mean feat for Knowsley’s Kathryn Reilly.

For Kathryn, knitting had always been a great passion and hobby. Throughout her working life she had always found herself spreading her knitting enthusiasm amongst her colleagues, and enjoyed showing them a few tips and techniques.

Having been a regular customer at ‘The Wool Shop’ in Prescot for over 20 years, Kathryn was saddened when she heard the news that the shop faced closure due to the owner retiring. She went straight home to tell her husband the news and they soon decided that filling the gap by setting up their own wool business would be a fantastic adventure.

“I had always said I would love to have my own wool shop, but it never entered my head that I’d be doing it” she said.

Kathryn contacted Knowsley Council to find out what support was available for those with a business idea and was directed to The Women’s Organisation for advice and guidance. She said:
“I got loads of help from The Women’s Organisation on writing up my business plan. I went on their business planning course too. It really gives you the basic knowledge so that you can weight it all up and think yes I think I can do this, or no I’m not ready.”

Kathryn set up ‘Purls of Wisdom’ in partnership with her husband. She received a £200grant from The Women’s Organisation and a further £1000 through Knowsley Fresh Start which has enabled her to plan new lighting and carpet refurbishments for the shop that she took on for the venture. Since starting out and making some cosmetic changes to the old premises the response has been very positive. “The customers can see that we have opened it up and they say ‘Doesn’t it look great, it looks fantastic. If I hadn’t had the support from The Women’s Organisation and Fresh Start I couldn’t have done it. Even now, it’s great to know I can just pick up the phone and know there is someone at the other end who will help you.”

‘Purls of Wisdom’ has not only provided new jobs and a new life for Kathryn and her husband, but it is now employing 4 other Knowsley residents. The community are so delighted by the shop that customers have even donated bits of furniture, so Kathryn was able to set up a tea room for the staff.

“At first my daughters thought I was mad, but now they have seen it they think it’s brilliant. They even come in to help us on their days off. My father has been really supportive too, even helping out financially when we have needed it. I definitely feel like I have made the right decision. I come into work every day because I just love it. The best thing about it is the self-satisfaction and pride that you get working for yourself.”

Purls of Wisdom are based at ‘The Wool Shop’ 32 Eccleston Street, Prescot, Knowsley, L34 5QJ. They cater for all knitting and sewing needs such as: wool and patterns, alterations service, hand knitted items for babies that are made to order. If you manage to find something they don’t stock that you would like for knitting they are happy to take orders too.

As of Thursday 4th August a ‘Knit and Natter’ group will be running every week from 2-4pm which will be a chance for local knitting enthusiasts to meet together at The Wool Shop for a cup of tea and group knitting.

For more information on this or other services offered by Purls of Wisdom, contact or 0151 426 5264.

And if like Kathryn you have a dream to run your own business, then why not contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or for more information on the FREE support available to women.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

FREE Course on 'DIY SEO'

The Women's Organisation welcome internet marketing experts 'StuckOn' who will be offering this interesting and practical course on 'D.I.Y. S.E.O.'.

AT: The Women's Organisation, 54 St James St, Liverpool, L1 0AB

ON: Tuesday 13th September 10am-1pm

Have you started running your own business, got as far as setting up a website, but are not winning the war with Google to get yourself on page 1 of search results? This course should give you the hints and tips needed to improve your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Covering:

• What Google is looking for in a website, and why
• Link building / the good, the bad and the ugly
• Easy SEO mistakes to make
• Why content works for SEO, and how to use it
• On-Page SEO factors: What to do and not to do

Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Open to The Women's Organisation and StuckOn clients, book via 0151 706 8111 or

Thursday, August 4, 2011

'Sentimental Moments Ltd.' Open New Showroom

Sentimental Moments Ltd, a venue dressing and gift service based in Liverpool, are proud to announce the opening of a new showroom. Since setting up in 2009 with help from Stepclever and The Women's Organisation, the business has gone from strength to strength. Jeanette of Sentimental moments would like to extend the invitation to celebrate with them the opening of the relocated venue dressing showroom

On: Thursday 11th August 2011, 4pm-8pm
At: Sentimental Moments Ltd, 45 Walton Hall Ave,Liverpool, L4 6TB

The opening will be carried out by the Right Honourable Steve Rotherham, Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton.

Joining the event will be representatives from Liverpool City Council and businesses from the hospitality and wedding industry.

The reception will be taking place between the hours of 4pm and 8pm, if you would like to be added to the guestlist, please contact Jeanette on

Limited parking spaces are available next to the showroom but ample parking is available 200 yards further in Walton Hall Park.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Invitation to Join us at our 'Summer Social' Networking Evening

The Women's Organisation would like to extend the invitation to our Business Club Summer Social.

On: Thursday 18th August 6pm-8.30pmAt: The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James St, Liverpool L1 0AB

As well as a relaxing evening featuring:

• Refreshments
• Live Music
• FREE raffle
• Networking

Our Enterprise Director Jackie Williams will also be leading a discussion on what our business club members would like from the network over the coming year in terms of guest speakers, topics, masterclasses, networking suggestions etc. so come along with your ideas!

Booking for this event is essential via 0151 706 8111 or Open only to members of The Women’s Organisation Business Club. Business Club membership is currently FREE of charge and open to women running their own business in Merseyside or Manchester. If you would like to join contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or for a membership pack.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Knowsley Woman Asks 'Care2Talk'?

A career change was an incredibly brave step for Knowsley resident Glenys Taylor, but having taken a 10 week counselling course at St Helens College she was “bitten by the bug” and knew this was the path for her.

Glenys had worked for 13 years in Childcare, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. However, she realised that as she was getting older she couldn’t lift and carry the children like she used to and with the changing economy perhaps it was time to consider other options.

When a dear friend was taken ill with a heart condition, Glenys and her husband looked after her and would spend time just chatting things through with her. It was this friend who asked Glenys if she had ever considered a career in counselling, having found comfort in their conversations.

Glenys completed her first 10 week course at St Helens College with lecturer Pat Fairhurst, and realised she had found her new passion. She then went on to further training working up to a Diploma in Counselling. Glenys believes in the benefits of continual learning and is as a result currently studying up to Level 5 in Counselling at Cheshire Therapy Centre.

Describing her training as a “personal journey” Glenys said “It was time for a change. I had given so much to the children I had worked with, it was time to do something for me, something I loved – and that was counselling. I am a different person. It’s made me take stock of me. It was not just a change of job, but a change of me completely. My priorities have changed, it’s amazing really. I don’t put as much stress on myself anymore.” She reflected on what she has learned saying “Really in counselling – If you can’t understand yourself, you can’t understand your clients.”

Glenys was directed to The Women’s Organisation for business start up support and said of her experience:
“Working with The Women’s Organisation really helped me. I had someone to look over my business plan to help me to gain £500 grant funding from Knowsley Fresh Start which allowed me to get business items such as leaflets. Doing this helped me to look at things I hadn’t thought of, step back and look at the bigger picture in more detail and make it more professional. My business adviser helped me to think of other places to try and other suggestions for how to promote my business. I also had support from someone at The Women’s Organisation in organising my business bank account. Through their network of contacts they got me an early appointment with a business banking manager and everything was set up really quickly. It’s great that they have contacts that we can utilise. The support hasn’t been pressurised in any way. They have been there as and when I’ve needed the help.”

Alongside setting up her business, Glenys works as a Counsellor for Age UK’s ‘Trust Matters’ Counselling Service which offers free counselling to those over 50 in St Helens who are affected by anxiety, stress, loss to name but a few. Other issues include issues relating to a Stroke or Parkinson’s. She is thoroughly enjoying this work and looks forward to one day specialising in working with children and families, Parkinson’s and Stroke issues.

“The best thing about running my own business is watching it grow. What started out as a comment from a friend led to me doing a course, to setting up and building a client base. I feel the excitement of the idea of getting myself really established. When you have ideas like how you would like your business cards or leaflets, and then you see them printed with your name on it, it gives you a real buzz.”

Glenys has enrolled as a member in The Women’s Organisation Business Club and said of the organisation “It is good to know that you have support behind you. I have already told some of my friends to get in contact with the likes of The Women’s Organisation and Fresh Start. There is plenty of help out there if you just ask.” The support Glenys felt from family, friends, course tutors, her coordinator – Paul Chadwick at Age UK, and other counsellors and colleagues has been fantastic. “There were times when I though I couldn’t do it and they reminded me that I could. It is a new way of life and a new me” she concluded. It’s never too late to change your life.

Based in Knowsley, Care2Talk offers Person Centred Counselling services and Glenys can be reached for more information on, 07540 199225 or through where you can access counselling services using Skype.

And if you feel inspired by Glenys’ story to get help and advice around setting up your own business then contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111/0161 833 8800, or visit

Think Growth – Your Guide to Trading Overseas

Think Growth – Your Guide to Trading Overseas

Wednesday, 7th September 201107:45-10:00

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1DG

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with UKTI are hosting a free event at the new Museum of Liverpool to help your company become global.

Along with talks from UKTI and local businesses, Chamber member Glow New Media will help you to understand how to effectively utilise technology by talking about online marketing with an international edge.

With guests from leading local and national business support services, banking, solicitors, translators and freight forwarders hosting stands, you will have the opportunity to ask the right people about how to make those all important first steps into the international market as well as learning from those who have succeeded in trading abroad.


07:45 – Registration and Breakfast
08:00 – Welcome and Opening - Clive Drinkwater, UKTI
08:10 – Benefits of Exporting: Problems and Solutions – Tony Brown, UKTI
08:30 – Case Study – Aspire Trust
08:45 – Reaching International Markets with Digital Marketing – Phil Blything, Glow New Media
09:15 – Opening of Exhibition and Networking
Exhibitors include: UKTI, HMRC, Hill Dickinson, NatWest, DHL, Enterprise Europe Network, Copernicus Consulting, Locker Freight and Globus Academy.

To reserve a place for this event, you can book online at or, alternatively, please contact or call on 0151 227 1234.