Monday, October 31, 2011

Build a Web Strategy for Your Business

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week – You are invited to:

‘Build a Web Strategy For Your Business’
With Leon Brown

On: Tuesday 15th November 10am-1pm
At: The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, L1 0AB


Leon Brown is the Internet consultant of NextPoint who develop apps for web, phones and desktop computers that empower people and businesses to reach their full potential. Leon will be representing the Business Support Network - a project he has developed aimed at supporting small and start-up businesses through the knowledge and skills of experts. His interesting master class will look at:

• Software tools you can use for business efficiency
• Driving traffic to your website
• Legalities of online business
• Security issues – protecting yourself online
• Online payment management
• Strategic online networking
• Choosing your web developer and working with them

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

Business Club Membership is currently FREE and open to women running their own business in the north west of England. For more info or to take up a free membership please contact info@thewo.org.uk

For more info about this event or to book your FREE place call 0151 706 8111 or email info@thewo.org.uk

Friday, October 28, 2011

'Be Internet Savvy' - With Martha Lane Fox

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week – The Women's Organisation invite you to:

‘Be Internet Savvy’ With Martha Lane Fox

On: Wednesday 16th November 9.30am-12pm
At: The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, L1 0AB


As the UK Government’s Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox founded the Race Online 2012campaign and sits on the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Board. She is also non-executive director at M&S, Channel 4 and MyDeco.com. In 2005 she co-founded Lucky Voice, to revolutionise karaoke with its 6 venues and online business and in 2007 she started Antigone, a grant giving foundation. In 1998 with Brent Hoberman, she co-founded Lastminute.com, still Europe’s largest travel and leisure website - they took the company public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.

Also sharing her experiences will be local woman in business and digital champion Michelle Helsby, Evolve Creative Media and Consultancy.

Michelle is Managing Director at Liverpool based Evolve. Whilst architectural 3d imagery and animation has been the backbone of Evolve’s offer they have recently expanded to cover a range of creative media services. Michelle has also recently set up Evolve Consultancy and is currently advising the Horizon consortium on all things Liverpool to enhance their bid to build the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

The Women's Organisation will also be exclusively revealing details of our new 'WE Mentor UK' project in partnership with NCEE - watch this space!

The event is FREE and open to any business women in Merseyside or Greater Manchester as part of The Women's Organisation 'Global Entrepreneurship Week' celebrations.

For more info or to book your FREE place call 0151 706 8111 or email info@thewo.org.uk

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Women's Organisation talk to Daily Telegraph: "Business Link Will Stay Onshore"

In an article published this week by The Daily Telegraph, The Women's Organisation discussed the impact of the announcement that UK Enterprise Support Helpline Business Link will be taken over by a call centre operator notorious for outsourcing to India.

A subsidiary of Hinduja Global Solutions, an Indian outsourcing services group, is being paid by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to provide its business support helpline after the Business Link office network closes on November 25.

The call centre operator taking over Business Link support services from the end of November has promised that business callers will not be dealt with by its staff in India. The Telegraph debated whether the 1/3 of businesses who have previously used this service will still be offered the same quality of support from the tailored down offering.

The move comes as part of the continuing impact of the Coalition’s announcement of mass cuts to public sector services.

Maggie O’Carroll, chief executive of the Women’s Organisation, the largest women’s enterprise agency in the UK, warned that business support funding was “falling off a cliff” as the Business Link contracts and regional development agencies wound down despite evidence that tailored business advice led to productivity gains.

The Women’s Organisation, a social enterprise, is based in the £5.5m Women’s International Centre for Economic Development in Liverpool, which opened four months ago. It is 80% reliant on public sector contracts and has seen a 25% increase in demand for advice from new businesses involving women. Last year, the organisation advised 2,300 women and was involved in the creation of 362 businesses.

“It is not funding cuts, we are talking about literally saying goodbye. There is no central-led investment in start-ups,” said Ms O’Carroll. “It’s not the death nail to an organisation like ourselves, but it really does hamper. We are limping rather than running and we need to be running.”

Visit The Daily Telegraph to see the full article.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Business Women Get 'Work/Life Balance' Pointers

This month The Women's Organisation Business Club invited local women in business to evaluate their Work/Life Balance.

Sylvia of SW Associates was the guest speaker for the evening bringing her 25 years plus of experience working in the field of coaching and mentoring. In 2008 Sylvia set up her own business with the help of The Women's Organisation, so during her interactive talk wshe was able to draw on her own experiences of chosing where to best spend her time, rather than doing the tempting thing of 'spreading yourself too thin'. She says "self management is the key to time management". Between networking the women were guided by Sylvia to:

• recognise their own patterns of behaviour
• iditify how to eliminate 'time wasters'
• look at how to plan time more effectively

Feedback comments left at the end of the event included:

"Interesting and useful"
"Encouraging and welcoming"
"This was my first visit, I am excited to come back!"
"Great night. Good to meet everyone and mingle"
"It was a really informative talk"
"Fantastic Evening"
"Inspired by projects and business approaches"
"Informative relaxed atmosphere. Enjoyable"
"Great to network"
"Good balance of information"
"A good kick up the bum"
"A very positive, informative event. Thank you"

The Women's Organisation are currently offering FREE membership to our Business club which offers women in the northwest of England regular opportunities to network and attend specialist training events. For details of how to join and forthcoming events contact AaronHolmes@thewo.org.uk or call 0151 706 8111.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kuumba Day Nursery Opens

On the 10th October 2011 a new social enterprise day nursery opened its doors to children aged 0-5 years for the first time. The nursery located in the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre Princes Road is aptly named Kuumba Day Nursery.

Kuumba Imani Millennium Centres' experience of working with children and families is extensive. They have for many years provided a wide range of support services, which have met the needs of local people in particularly women and children.

The service will operate up to 51 weeks per year Monday to Friday from
7.30am- 6.30pm excluding Bank holidays and will accommodate up to 29 children aged between 0-5 years.

It is intended that the provision will be a well balanced multicultural day nursery, which reflects the demographic profile of Liverpool. As such, all children and their families from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds will be welcome.

To ensure the child care delivered is to a high standard, highly qualified staff have been appointed to ensure that the quality of child care is exceptional, meets the requirements of OfSted and expectations of parents/carers. Kuumba Day Nursery have specifically appointed staff whose qualifications exceed the current industry requirements and have had the support of Liverpool City Council during this process. As such they are confident that their childcare team have the skills, experience and knowledge to deliver their primary objective which is to deliver first class child care in a supportive nurturing environment of which 'the child is of primary consideration'.

Michelle Charters Chief Executive Officer said "Kuumba Imani has had a long tradition of supporting families in the local community. The day nursery is a new venture for us, which has gained support from Liverpool City Council and the Adventure Capital Fund. Our nursery is open to all families and will provide a unique
setting in which children can thrive."

Jennifer Watson Nursery Manager said
"As an Early Years Professional this is a really exciting opportunity.
Opening our doors to all families in need of child care support will enable us to break down some of the barriers that exist in our society.
The new provision has a number of key values which underpin our approach to child care, including creating a nurturing environment in which children can feel safe, valued, have a sense of place and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Word is starting to spread already about our new nursery and places are filling up fast"

To register your child or for more information, to visit the nursery or to request a prospectus contact:
Jennifer Watson Nursery Manager
Telephone: 0151 709 8162 or 0151 708 5278
Email: Jenniferwatson@kuumbaimani.org.uk

Friday, October 14, 2011

Women’s Enterprise Experts Call for More Support for Female Entrepreneurs

The Women's Organisation has joined a UK-wide group of influential women entrepreneurs, academics and policy experts to call on the Government to act urgently to encourage women-owned businesses or risk wasting a multi-million pound opportunity to grow the economy.

The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group believes that women who are capable of starting growth companies that serve global markets may be the nation’s ‘secret weapon’ for achieving sustained economic growth.

It comes as yesterday's jobs figures show female unemployment at its highest level for 23 years with a record level of young people, including many female graduates, without work.

In a newly-published report, The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group says that self-employment and business ownership can be a positive way of addressing these issues as well as helping existing women-owned businesses to take on new employees and contractors.

Maggie O’Carroll, Chief Executive of the largest UK women’s enterprise agency, Liverpool-based The Women’s Organisation and a key member of the policy group said: “At a time when government funding for business support has been cut and when many businesses are struggling to survive and grow, there is a danger that the progress made to date will falter and the multi-billion pound opportunity which growth from female-led enterprises can bring to the economy will not be realised.”

In its report ‘A Multi Million £ Opportunity – The Untapped Growth Potential of UK Women Entrepreneurs’ the group calls for a range of measures including:
• Appointment of a women’s enterprise champion within government to raise awareness of economic benefits of encouraging more women to start and grow businesses
• Investment in business growth programmes for existing female entrepreneurs
• Doubling the number of women entrepreneurs using mentors and/or networking opportunities by promoting activities amongst networking groups
• Assisting local enterprise partnerships and local authorities to develop business support and economic development policies and strategies which optimise women’s enterprise in their localities
• Ensuring current university and further education support is attractive and useful to young women, closing the gap between the numbers of young men and young women starting businesses

The report comes as the British Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis made a call for more support to enable working mothers and other women to start up or grow their own small businesses. The European Parliament member believes that targeting women with the right information about how to launch a business can help produce a new generation of women entrepreneurs.

The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group report highlights that there are more than 700,000 women-owned businesses operating across the nation in every sector and their role in growing the economy, and creating and sustaining new jobs, is crucial to recovery and growth.

Findings include:
• 14% of all SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) are women-led (around 170,000)
• 86% of women-led SME’s are micro businesses (employing between one and nine staff)
• 13% are ‘small businesses’ (employing between 10 and 49 staff) and 2% are ‘medium’ businesses (employing between 50 and 249)

The findings coincide with additional evidence gathered by the Kauffman Foundation in the United States which provides compelling evidence as to the economic value and opportunity that the female entrepreneurial market offers to the UK economy.

The report will be highlighted by The Women’s Organisation when it as it led women’s enterprise strand at the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool in March.

The Women’s Organisation, based with a new £5.5m Women’s International Centre for Economic Development in Liverpool, provides a range of services focused on women’s start-up businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises. This includes ’incubation’ units for new and high growth women enterprises and an international research and knowledge centre focused on women’s enterprise and wider economic development issues.

To find out more about the free services available from The Women’s Organisation, including advice and support on starting a business, call 0151 706 8111 or email info@thewo.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter, 'like' us on facebook or link up with us on linkedin.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Virtual Business Solution at 54

54 St James Street is a stunning and unique new building conveniently located between the creative Baltic Triangle and Liverpool’s China Town and minutes’ walk from Liverpool One and Bold Street.

Completed in January 2011, the centre is designed to provide a light, modern, welcoming and distinctive addition to city life; an environment full of energy, rich in intelligence, debate and shared purpose.

The centre offers a prestigious L1 address to women led businesses who locate here through membership of the Business Suite and Virtual Office options.

Virtual Office

Not every business requires, or is ready to take on, a permanent office space yet most do require a base from which to project a professional image and where client meetings and events can be held; post is managed and phonecalls forwarded or answered. The virtual office options allow complete flexibility for the business woman to choose from a range of services to meet her needs including access to the private Wilkinson Business Suite

Wilkinson Business Suite

The Wilkinson Business Suite provides an office away from home in a shared facility. This contemporary designed semi–circular room is equiped to meet your office needs including printing and copying facilities; desk-top computers; lap top hub; locker units. The layout includes space for meetings and chill out areas. Cooled, filtered water and tea and coffee making facilities are complimentary for platinum members.

Membership Levels

Bronze - free

Business Club Membership including to regular special events, inclusion in web and social media promotions. Access to free wireless internet access in the Centre.

Silver - £15 per month

For the business woman that wants to locate her business in prestigious building, and requires flexibility as to when she hires space for meetings and work stations. The Silver option includes the Bronze package plus use of 54 St James Street as registered company address. Your business name will be included in internal business signage and publications Our reception team will receive and hold postal mail for collection and welcome your visitors when notified in advance. 10% discount on meeting room bookings withion the building.

Gold - £49 per month*

For the business woman for whom a Liverpool telephone number is important, but doesn’t need to be tied to a desk all day , the Gold offer combines the bronze and silver packages plus dedicated land line telephone number (DDI); voice mail and message forwarding to mobile or e-mail service.

Platinum £99 per month*

For those business women that require an office desk for limited days per month and access to office services such as ICT, printers and copiers in a shared, modern environment. The Platinum service incorporates bronze, silver and gold packages plus up to ten days per month access to the Wilkinson Business Suite per month including complimentary drinks and photocopying.
*including VAT

Business Services

Our aim is that our Business Services will contribute to our virtual tenants’ business success. A friendly reception team offer a professional welcome to tenants and their visitors. Photocopying, additional administrative support and telephone answering services are all also available.
We offer a first level of generalist ICT and telephony support through our Administration Team. For more advanced requests for support we work with our service delivery partners to meet specific tenant needs.

Meeting Room Hire

We have a range of meeting room styles throughout the building both formal and informal available for meetings of two to 150 people. The rooms have a range of high specification audio visual facilities and video conferencing equipment for your meeting and seminar needs. We offer a fully flexible service offering hourly, half day or full day rental. Virtual office tenants receive a discount on the standard rate.

Environment

Sustainability is integral to the building design which is in line with BREEAM Excellent standards. All rooms have opening windows for natural ventilation as well as locally controlled heating and cooling systems.

Parking

On street parking is available for visitors and tenants; we have limited car parking spaces which can be reserved in advance for disabled visitors. A bicycle store and shower facilities are available for cyclists using the building.
Liverpool City Council have proposed a parking scheme which will introduce Business Parking Permits, to which virtual tenants of the building will be eligible for. This scheme is due to be implemented in 2011.

Access

Building access is currently 8.30am – 6.30 pm Monday to Friday with a late night on average once per week until 9pm.

Café

A new café development will be opening on the ground floor in Autumn 2011.
54 St James Street is a development of The Women’s Organisation which works for women’s economic progress. The Women’s Organisation has been a non-profit distributing company since 1996 (formerly known as Train 2000). Our outlook is international. We promote entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable business growth. We aim to enable women to achieve success and greater prosperity, to become leaders and to connect with each other.

For further information and viewings contact Laura 0151 706 8100 or email venue@thewo.org.uk

The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Best Base for Your Business - 54 St James Street L1

54 St James Street is a stunning and unique new building conveniently located between the industrious Baltic Triangle and Liverpool’s China Town and minutes’ walk from Liverpool One and Bold Street.

Completed in January 2011, the centre is designed to provide a light, modern, welcoming and distinctive addition to city life; an environment full of energy, rich in intelligence, debate and shared purpose.

Offering a prestigious L1 address to women led businesses and social enterprises, this high quality, multi-use building offers individual rooms to accommodate businesses of one to twelve people with prices starting at £165 per calendar month and £15 for virtual office services.

Design




Contemporary offices are available on the first, second and third floor of the building. Of various sizes and shapes each have interesting views of the City and are accessed through wide and airy central corridors. On each floor teapoints are located in the atrium to encourage breaks from the office and opportunities to meet other business people.

Business Services

Our aim is that our Business Services will contribute to tenants’ business success. A friendly reception team offer a professional welcome to tenants and their visitors. Post, photocopying, additional administrative support and telephone answering services are all also available.
We offer a first level of generalist ICT and telephony support through our Administration Team. For more advanced requests for support we work with our service delivery partners to meet specific tenant needs.

Telephony

All rooms are designed with flexible integrated telecommunication options, including personal direct dial and extension numbers with caller ID, voice mail to e-mail facility; conference calling; call recording; hot desk; hunt group and mobile twinning facilities as well as bespoke services to meet individual business needs. Alternatively rooms have the capacity for tenants to bring in their own lines if more appropriate for their business model. Tenants in the building also have access to a tenants’ wireless internet network.

Environment

Sustainability is integral to the building design which is in line with BREEAM Excellent standards. All rooms have opening windows for natural ventilation as well as locally controlled heating and cooling systems. Our private garden offers relaxing external space.

Meeting Room Hire

We have a range of meeting room styles throughout the building both formal and informal available for meetings of two to 150 people. The rooms have a range of high specification audio visual facilities. We offer a fully flexible service offering hourly, half day or full day rental. Building tenants receive a discount on the standard rate.

Parking

On street parking is available for visitors and residents; we have limited car parking spaces which can be reserved in advance for disabled visitors. A bicycle store and shower facilities are available for cyclists using the building.
Liverpool City Council have proposed a parking scheme which will introduce Business Parking Permits, to which tenants of the building will be eligible for. This scheme is due to be implemented in 2011.

Access

Building access is currently 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday with a late night on average once per week until 9pm.













Café

A new café development will be opening on the ground floor in Autumn 2011.

In addition we offer membership of our Business Club and access to the Wilkinson Business Suite.

For further information and viewings contact Laura, 0151 706 8100 or email venue@thewo.org.uk













54 St James Street is a development of The Women’s Organisation which works for women’s economic progress. The Women’s Organisation has been a non-profit distributing company since 1996 (formerly known as Train 2000). Our outlook is international. We promote entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable business growth. We aim to enable women to achieve success and greater prosperity, to become leaders and to connect with each other.

The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

FREE Workshop on Refugee/Asylum Awareness

Refugee/Asylum Shared Awareness Workshop

A FREE Black History Month Event

ON: Thursday 27th October, 10am-12pm

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


What do you think of when you hear ‘refugee’? Would you like to know more about asylum? The news behind the headlines? Refugee Action in partnership with The Women’s Organisation are offering an awareness session which aims to develop a greater understanding of refugee and asylum issues.

During this FREE session you can learn why people come to the UK seeking safety and what happens on arrival. Find out the obligations host countries have to asylum seekers and how they are administered, and listen to how this experience affects individuals within the asylum system.

The session is aimed at organisations, groups and individuals who wish to learn about the experiences of asylum seekers and to gain insight into the current asylum system in the UK. The sessions are designed with each particular audience in mind and can be delivered at times and venues convenient to you.

Refugee Action is an independent, national charity that has been working since 1981 with asylum seekers, refugees and local communities to build new lives. They will be drawing on their experience for this informative and interesting session.

Places are limited so booking is essential!
Please call 0151 706 8111 or email info@thewo.org.uk to register your interest.

Conference and Meeting Centre - 54 St James Street

54 St James Street is a stunning and unique new building conveniently located between the pioneering Baltic Triangle and Liverpool’s China Town and minutes’ walk from Liverpool One and Bold Street.

Completed in January 2011, the centre is designed to provide a light, modern, welcoming and distinctive addition to city life.

This fully accessible and flexible venue is a perfect location to host business meetings, conferences or private events. A range of individually styled rooms appropriate for gatherings of 2 to 150 people are available for hire for as little as an hour.

Our private garden provides relaxing external space within the venue, and the two fourth floor terraces provide chilled-out, music enhanced, reception spaces with excellent views of the City.

With friendly reception staff, complimentary wireless access throughout the building and a range of audio visual facilities including integrated data projectors, blu-ray players and smart boards; plasma screens for projection or TV; and video conferencing facilities this building meets the needs of people who require a highly professional service in a contemporary setting.

Our Rooms











Roddick Rooms
A sophisticated venue with fabulous views of the River Mersey and Liverpool City, these rooms can be used as one or divided into two or three separate areas. Fully equipped with integrated audio-visual equipment these are elegant training, networking or social spaces.
The Roddick Rooms are very versatile; located on the fourth floor of the building and have easy access to external terraces.

Fawcett Room
A light, airy semi-circular room on our second floor the Fawcett is appropriate for networking and training events, can accommodate 36 cabaret style and 40 theatre style, or can be left as an open space for free circulation for slightly larger groups.

Keller; Parks and Simey Suites
The Suites are located on the first, second and third floor of the building, each is styled differently, but all have the same facilities of plasma screen; TV; integrated audio visual and IT. The Suites provide smart environments ideal for hosting client presentations, board meetings and staff development sessions.

Bebbington Lounge
The Bebbington Lounge is a relaxed yet vibrant space ideal for more informal meetings or interviews. Also works in conjunction with the Simey Suite as a reception and breakout space for development days.

Suu Kyi; Butler; Rathbone; Curie and Amos Rooms
These smaller meeting rooms are stylishly and comfortably designed to facilitate meetings of between 2 and 6 people.

We offer a 10% discount on room rates to tenants of the building and smaller charities/social enterprises with an annual turnover less than £250,000

For further information, including room capacity, viewings, a competative quote and bookings please phone Sandra, 0151 706 8100 or email venue@thewo.org.uk












54 St James Street is a development of The Women’s Organisation which works for women’s economic progress. The Women’s Organisation has been a non-profit distributing company since 1996 (formerly known as Train 2000). Our outlook is international. We promote entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable business growth. We aim to enable women to achieve success and greater prosperity, to become leaders and to connect with each other. The building is a tangible representation of our values.

All rooms have natural ventilation as well as locally controlled heating and cooling systems. Sustainability is integral to the building design and in line with BREEAM Excellent standards.

On street parking is available for visitors, we have limited car parking spaces which can be reserved in advance for disabled visitors. A bicycle store and shower facilities are available for cyclists using the building.
Refreshments are available through our in-house team, catering is currently offered through local women led small businesses or social enterprise providers.

The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Women's Organisation Successes for 'Livercool'

The Women's Organisation were delighted to see a number of familiar faces amongst the nominees for 'Livercool 2011' awards with Downtown Liverpool.

A particularly familiar nomination was our very own CEO Maggie O'Carroll who is in the shortlisting for 'Woman of the Year'. Maggie founded The Women’s Organisation (formally Train 2000) in 1996 and has grown it into the largest UK-based women’s economic development social enterprise. This has enabled Maggie to pursue her passion for women’s enterprise - having a real, positive impact on women’s lives, whether nurturing new businesses towards a viable future, driving improvements in legislation and power structures or contributing to social awareness. This year the physical realisation of her commitment to women's economic development came to life with the creation of WICED (Women's International Centre for Economic Development). The £5.3m development opened it's doors to the first groups of local women in January 2011 and is continuing to build momentum as both a centre for women's enterprise and development, as well as an international research hub to promote gender equality.

Also amongst the finalists are businesses supported by The Women's Organisation such as:

Emma Dolan of Your Business Ezine - Nominated in the Marketer 2011 category
Victoria Brown of High Performance Consultancy - Nominated in the Young Entrepreneur 2011 category
Kayleigh & Talia Baccino of Trendy Vend- Also Nominated in the Young Entrepreneur 2011 category

You can cast your votes online and offer your support.

"It's Liverpool" - The Business Conference

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW... IT’S WHO WE KNOW...
“IT’S LIVERPOOL” – THE BUSINESS CONFERENCE

Monday 14th November 2011, The Crowne Plaza Hotel



Downtown Liverpool in Business, in association with Liverpool Vision, Google and City Talk 105.9fm will host a one-day conference at the start of UK Enterprise Week in November.

The event will celebrate Liverpool’s achievement in securing the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2012 and engage with the delegates through a series of seminars and keynote addresses presented by leading entrepreneurs, academics, decision makers and business experts.

Whether you are looking to boost sales, master social media and technology, become more efficient, be inspired, or want to know what plans the city and the region has for the future IT’S LIVERPOOL – THE BUSINESS CONFERENCE is a not to be missed event.
We know that time is one of the most precious commodities that business owners have nowadays, and that is why Downtown in Business have worked hard to create a one day event designed to help you achieve your ambitions.

THE SPEAKERS include:
Steve Morgan – Owner Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Chairman Redrow, entrepreneur
Tony Caldeira – Owner Caldeira Ltd, retailer, manufacturer, entrepreneur
Gavin Wheeldon – Owner Applied Language Solutions, ‘secret millionaire’ entrepreneur
Natalie Haywood – Owner Leaf, Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010, The Morgan Foundation
Toby Young – Author ‘How to Lose Friends & Influence People’, Journalist, political & business commentator
Paul Levy – Chief Executive, City of Philadelphia BID
Maggie O’Carroll – Chief Executive, The Women’s Organisation
Councillor Joe Anderson – Leader, Liverpool City Council
Sir Howard Bernstein – Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
Ged Fitzgerald – Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council
Max Steinberg – Chief Executive, Liverpool Vision
John Leach – Chief Executive, Winning Pitch

COSTS:
£60.00 PLUS VAT (DOWNTOWN MEMBERS)
£99.00 PLUS VAT (NON MEMBERS)

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

To book your tickets for this unique event please CLICK HERE

If you are interested in sponsorship packages for the conference please CLICK HERE

Monday, October 10, 2011

Get a Healthy 'Work/Life Balance' with The Women's Organisation Business Club

This month Business Club offer busy business women some helpful hints on keeping 'Work/Life Balance'.

Business club member and self employed life coach and consultant Sylvia Walker will be giving an interesting talk looking at Work / Life Balance - is it possible, helping you to:

• recognise your own patterns of behaviour
• eliminate 'time wasters'
• plan your time more effectively

Sylvia of SW Associates is a Personal Development Consultant who works with individuals and organisations to help them become more effective. She is a qualified trainer, coach and mentor with over 25 years experience including management roles in the public sector. In 2008 Sylvia set up her own business with the help of The Women's Organisation. She says "self management is the key to time management".

As well as this interesting talk there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and network with other local women in business. The event will be on Tuesday 18th October 6pm-8.30pm at The Women's Organisation's Liverpool branch at 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB. To book your place please contact AaronHolmes@thewo.org.uk or call 0151 706 8111.

The Women's Organisation are currently offering FREE membership to our Business club which offers women in the northwest of England regular opportunities to network and attend specialist training events. For details of how to join contact AaronHolmes@thewo.org.uk or call 0151 706 8111.

The Women's Organisation Encourage Liverpool to 'Go ON'!


Do you want to become a digital champion to help your friends, neighbours and customers to go online? Give an Hour following the weekend of 29-30 October, which is when the clocks go back. You could use your extra hour to support some of the estimated 100,000 people in Liverpool who have never used the internet.

Go ON Liverpool is the local strand of the national Race Online campaign, which aims to support the 8.7 million people in the UK who have never used the internet. Giving an hour of your time to show someone you know the wonders of the web is a small thing to do, yet it can make a big difference to their life.

Sign up today to become a digital champion!

On the online hub you can:

1. Pledge to help someone
2. See your impact and see an interactive map of all the people that are making pledges
3. Find exciting and useful tools to use

Go ON, Give an Hour!

The Women’s Organisation Chosen to Lead UK Female Entrepreneur Mentoring Network

Leading Liverpool based female enterprise agency The Women’s Organisation has been selected by the European Commission to lead a UK wide mentoring scheme to encourage women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

The Women’s Organisation is working with the National Council for Enterprise in Education and the Federation of Small Businesses, to promote mentoring as an effective way to help women entrepreneurs grow their small businesses. This initiative is also being supported by Liverpool City Council and Ged Fitzgerald Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council said “that increasing the number of women starting and growing their own businesses is a key economic development priority for the city. We are delighted that to be working with The Women’s Organisation to help realise this objective”

Thirty five mentors will be recruited to share their experiences with 80 women entrepreneurs across the country seeking inspiration, guidance and support to develop their businesses.

“We are really excited about this opportunity and are delighted that our expertise in the field of women’s enterprise has been recognised by the European Commission,” said Maggie O’Carroll, Chief Executive Officer of The Women’s Organisation.

“The Consortium is a partnership of recognised UK experts that bring a unique combination of expertise in the areas of women’s enterprise, graduate enterprise, mentoring, networking and small business services.”

The project will be launched in October, when businesswomen trading between one and four years with at least one employee, will be targeted. The benefits of having a mentor for business development and growth to women entrepreneurs throughout the UK, will be promoted and mentoring will include face to face and on-line communication.

“We are focusing on how women can grow their businesses particularly through improved IT capability and opportunities for their business internationally.”

The mentoring initiative comes after the European Commission Enterprise & Industry Directorate General set up a European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs. The aim is to boost female entrepreneurship; recognise and support the distinctive nature of women’s business start-ups and crucially, to ensure that newly-established women entrepreneurs can sustain their activity throughout the first, challenging years of their business.


It points to the facts that;
• Only 33% of entrepreneurs are women (30% in start-ups)
• Most women still do not consider entrepreneurship as a relevant, realistic career option
• Women’s potential to contribute to Europe’s competitiveness is under utilised

The Women’s Organisation is based in the Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool. It provides a range of services for women including business start-up and enterprise development. This includes ’incubation’ units for new and high growth women enterprises and an international research and knowledge centre specializing in women’s enterprise and wider economic development issues.

WICED has been developed by The Women’s Organisation following a £2.4m investment from the European Regional Development Fund programme, part of a £5.2m loan finance package. It came after the North West Development Agency identified women’s enterprise as a priority.

To find out more about the free services available from The Women’s Organisation, including advice and support on starting a business, call 0151 706 8111 or free phone 0800 587 0383.

Alternatively please email info@thewo.org.uk or visit www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk

Women’s Enterprise Centre Welcomes High Sheriff

Merseyside High Sheriff Professor Helen Carty has described a new state of the art £5.5m women’s enterprise centre as ‘inspirational.’

Dr Carty made the comment during a tour of The Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) in Liverpool to see how the facility is helping budding female entrepreneurs to set up and grow their businesses.

The centre, situated in the Baltic Triangle area of the city, provides a range of services focused on women’s start-up businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises. Its ‘incubation’ units are already proving popular with several new and high growth women enterprises that are now based within them. WICED also houses an international research and knowledge centre focused on women’s enterprise and wider economic development issues.

Dr Carty, who also holds the post of Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside, said: “This new building symbolises the quality of confidence that exists within The Women’s Organisation and its design is truly inspirational.

“It is from small beginnings that big businesses grow and this facility will help to encourage many female entrepreneurs. I believe it will prove particularly valuable to those women with a belief in their abilities but their backgrounds are such that they may not have been supported or encouraged in their endeavours.”

Dr Carty, a leading light in paediatric radiography before retirement, was appointed High Sheriff of Merseyside in April this year and holds the post for one year. It is an independent, non-political Royal appointment that enables the holder to bring together a wide variety of individuals for the good of the community.

Maggie O’Carroll, Chief Executive of The Women’s Organisation (formerly Train 2000), said: “Our centre is a beacon to women’s enterprise and we were thrilled to welcome Professor Carty as we’re very proud of it.

“Our success lies in the real, positive impact we have on women’s lives, whether we’re nurturing new businesses, driving improvements in legislation and power structures or helping to increase social awareness. Our centre is proving popular with businesswomen from across the region and we’re looking forward to working with lots more women to help them realise their full potential.”

WICED has been developed by the Women’s Organisation following a £2.4m investment from the European Regional Development Fund programme, part of a £5.2m loan finance package. It came after the North West Development Agency identified women’s enterprise as a priority.

To find out more about the free services available from The Women’s Organisation, including advice and support on starting a business, call 0151 706 8111 or free phone 0800 587 0383. Grants worth up to £200 may be available.

Alternatively please email info@thewo.org.uk or visit www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Women's Organisation Encourage Sefton Women to 'Step Up' Their Future



This interactive programme is open FREE to women in the Sefton area who want to improve their overall confidence to be able to plan a successful future. Over 3 Mondays ‘Step Up’ will look at:

• Positive Thinking and Learning about Yourself
• How to Become a More Assertive You
• Building Your Communication Skills
• Completing a Skills Audit and Developing a Personal Profile
• How to Present Yourself with Confidence


To be eligible for a FREE place on this programme you must:
• Be aged 19+ and have been resident in the UK or any other EU state for over 3 years
• Not have enrolled on any other NLDC course since July 2011
• Live in one of the following wards within Sefton and be able to provide proof of address:
- Church, Linacre, Derby, Ford, Litherland, Netherton, Orrell, St Oswald, Duke, Cambridge


At: Sefton@Work, 286-288 Stanley Road, Bootle L20 3ER
On: Mondays 17th, 24th & 31st October 9.30am-3pm

To book your FREE place call 0151 706 8111 or email info@thewo.org.uk