Tuesday, January 24, 2012

First Cohort of We Mentor UK Mentors and Mentees Meet in Liverpool

Following the launch of We Mentor Uk during Enterprise Week last year, an overwhelming number of business women enquired about signing up to the programme to receive support to help their business venture to grow.

The first groups of mentors and mentees were invited 'An Introduction to Mentoring' day to set them off on the programme at home of The Women's Organisation - 54 St James Street - in Liverpool.

Project partners NCEE and The Women's Organisation were delighted by the quality of business mentors who had agreed to give their time to support female enterpreneurs.

Enterprise Director at The Women's Organisation Jackie Williams said "We couldn't have hoped for a better group of established businesses to offer their time on this project. The overwhelming response from women entrepreneurs enquiring about receiving mentoring shows how valuable a project like this is, and exciting to see so many women ready to take the leap to grow their business. We are really looking forward to seeing how those fledgling businesses progress."

The mentors and mentees were given the opportunity to look at the role of a mentor, their expectations for the project and how they can access the online tool jam packed with resources to support them on their business journey.

We Mentor UK is a European mentoring project run in partnership with NCEE and The Women's Organisation that aims to provide guidance and support for women entrepreneurs to further grow their existing business enterprise. We are still looking for further established businesses of over 5 years to offer their time to mentor a fledgling business ready to grow. Fledgling female led businesses from across the UK who could benefit from being linked with a mentor can also sign up to be a mentee on the project. If you are interested in finding out more about the project you can follow us on facebook or Twitter, or email our team to info@thewo.org.uk

Monday, January 23, 2012

"Handbags - What do Women Want" Exhibition Comes to 54 St James Street

"Handbags - What Do Women Want" is an exciting exhibition from Eileen Walsh, MA student at Liverpool Hope University's Fine Art Department.

The project looks at gender and the way the social and cultural environment constructs women's identities and how women react to the structures and conditioning imposed on them. The exhibition aims to uncover personal narratives in women's lives using the metaphor of the handbag, thus stimulating critical thinking that moves from the personal to the universal and questions the hegemonies that determine women's lives. These ideas are explored through the mixed media of photography, sound stories, textiles and found objects.

54 St James Street, home of The Women's Organisation, was chosen especially for this exhibition with the organisation's mission describing them as "an innovative women’s organisation that provides quality enterprise and employment services and influences policy, in order to improve the economic position of women".

"Handbags - What Do Women Want" exhibition is open Monday 30th Jan - Friday 3rd February 9am-6pm following a private view on Friday 27th January. Eileen Walsh will be available for discussion at the following times: Mondays 4.30pm-5.30pm, Tuesday 5pm-6pm, Thursday 12.30pm-1.30pm at the exhibition at 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Positive Networking for 50 North West Business Women

The Women's Organisation Business Club had a fantastic positive start to the year last night at 54 St James Street with 'New Year, New You' networking.

Motivational speaker Jen Mercer of One Body Fitness kicked off the evening with her top tips on keeping a healthy body for the coming year. Her warm presentation encouraged the business women in attendance to "Ignore the scales. If you feel comfy in your clothes and feel healthy then that is what counts". Jen's top tip of the evening was to fill your diet with lots of "dark green leafy veg".

Following Jen was Pauline Moran of Hope Street Holistic Clinic giving a 5 minute overview of cleansing the liver, and The Women's Organisation's in house NLP practitioner Bernie Cox finished the evening with a talk on keeping a healthy mind for 2012.

Just over 50 women turned out for the event, and the comments below show how they enjoyed the evening:

"Enjoyed Jen's talk - off to eat my greens! Thanks"
"Really good evening again" - Emma Hill, His and Hers Magazine
"Lovely event thank you. Met good contacts, good speakers"
"Fitness coach was excellent!"
"Well done, good time"
"Loved the format. Jen so inspiring and refreshing. Interesting and inspiring"
"Loved the speaker. It was good to have someone who is honest and real"
"My first time. It was very good. See you next month"
"A most factual, motivating and enjoyable evening. Well Done!"
"Lovely to meet new people"
"Very informative talk about liver cleansing, good networking opportunity"
"Venue=great, format=good"
"Great event. Informative, lively, useful. Learny lots. Thanks"
"The evening was great - especially Jen's frank approach to health and fitness. Very inspiring!"
"Brillinat. Really enjoyed it. Will certainly come again - I'm inspired"
"It was lovely. Great presentations, especially the final one about the brain. I love it"
"Just what I needed thank you. Insightful, funny and a great start to the New Year"

If you are a woman running a business in the north west of England and you would like to take advantage of a FREE membership for our business club, please contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

Monday, January 16, 2012

National Diversity Awards Open for Nomination

The National Diversity Awards is a prestigious black tie event held in The Midland Hotel, Manchester on the 21st September, 2012, which celebrates the achievements of people from underrepresented backgrounds and also recognises contributions made by individuals or groups from diverse communities.

Nominations are now open to the general public and there are a variety of awards representing different categories of diversity. There are five Entrepreneurial of Excellence awards Each for:

- Race
- Age
- Gender
- Disability.

You can start nominating by visiting http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk and selecting your chosen award category.

Mum's in Business Free Networking Event

Kiwans Solicitors are offering free networking support to busy mum's who are looking for appropriate channels to promote their business.

The 'Mums in Business' events are held at convenient times, and allow working mothers to talk business with like-minded women in city centre locations.
The programme is the brainchild of solicitor Claire Currie, who works in the Private Client department of Kirwans, which has offices across Merseyside.
Claire was inspired to create a networking group which mums in business could attend at times which didn‟t interfere with their family commitments when she was on maternity leave.

She said: “Whilst I was on maternity leave, I attended various mums‟ groups and met some great people who were also professionals.

“Upon returning to work, I once again started attending the more traditional networking groups and found that most meetings were either early in the morning or after work which often conflicted with the commitments of family life .

“It was from this viewpoint that the idea of the Mums in Business group was formed – events held in the middle of the day which would allow mums to easily attend.

“It has developed into a warm friendly group where everyone is welcomed. As mums, all members of the group understand the pressures of professional v‟s family life and it can be challenging to achieve the right balance. It was clear from the launch that attendees were finding value in not only having the opportunity to make new business connections but to also speak with likeminded women.”

The next Mums in Business event takes place at the Hard Days Night Hotel on North John Street in Liverpool city centre on Wednesday, January 25 from 12-2pm. Attendance is free, but those attending must register in advance.

To register, email events@kirwanssolicitors.co.uk, or call Caroline Evans on 0151 703 1927.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Meeting of WiDgIT (Women in Digital and IT) 30th Jan

Are you female? Able to get to Liverpool for 5.30ish?

Starting on Monday 30th January, 5.30pm onwards at Bold St Coffee, Liverpool is the first meeting of WiDgIT, or Women in Digital and IT.

Interested in digital, social, info tech or computing? Come along to meet other like-minded women and have your say on what you want from a monthly meet-up in Liverpool.

Check out wiDgIT Blog and Twitter @widgitliverpool

Tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2717838127?ref=eweb

The ticket is free, there will be great coffee and/or alcoholic beverages and great food (cash bar!)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apply by 13th Jan for 10,000 Small Businesses Program UK

The Women's Organisation have been aware of a program of support available to those looking to build a business which may be of interest.

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK program is designed to provide high-quality, practical support to the owners and leaders of established small businesses and social enterprises as they seek to grow.

The program is delivered through a network of local partners who combine relevant academic expertise and extensive experience working with the owners and leaders of small businesses.

10,000 Small Businesses in the UK is currently open to applications from small businesses and social enterprises in London, Midlands, North West of England and Yorkshire.

How it Works
The program brings together leaders of small businesses from across industry sectors and creates unique networking and peer learning opportunities.
For those small business leaders selected to participate, the core of the program is a high quality, practically-focused business and management education, delivered over twelve sessions lasting approximately 100 hours. The program has been designed specifically for this program by world-class international, national and local experts in entrepreneurial learning.

During the course of the program every small business owner develops a customised Growth Plan to direct their organisation’s business strategy and expansion.
Participants also benefit from a range of business support services, including:
•Specialist workshops
•One-on-one business advising
•Coaching / mentoring
•Access to professional experts
•Networking opportunities and
•Alumni services

The deadline for applications for the North West programme is 13th Jan! So if you are interested read the full info brochure or visit www.10ksbnw.co.uk

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

FREE 'An Introduction to Mentoring' Training With We Mentor

Are you looking for opportunities for continued professional development?

Have you been running your own growing business for over 5 years?

Are you interested in giving back and helping to develop others?

We Mentor UK invites you to attend:
‘An Introduction to Mentoring’

On: Thursday 19th January, 9.30am-4.30pm
At: The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James St, Liverpool, L1 0AB

This interactive and informative session will create an opportunity for established business owners to become aware of how through mentoring they can support fledgling business and develop their own professional development.

Come along to this FREE no-obligation training session to find out more about We Mentor UK - A project run in partnership with The Women's Organisation and NCEE - and to learn how you can benefit from becoming a mentor.


Lunch will be provided.

For more information on the role of a mentor or to check your eligibility and book a space, please contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

We Mentor UK Meet European Partners in Poland

The Women's Organisation were invited along with other partners to the Inauguration Conference of the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs in Warsaw, Poland. The conference was organised jointly by the European Commission and the Polish Presidency of the European Union to bring together the 17 countries involved in running the mentoring projects for women entrepreneurs including; Albania, Belgium, Cyprus, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, the Netherlands,Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Attending the conference on behalf of 'We Mentor Uk', the project being run in partnership with The Women's Organisation and NCEE, were mentor and former business start up client of the organisation Sylvia Walker of SW Associates, and Chair of the board of directors for The Women's Organisation Pat Shea Halson.

The delegates were invited to take part in seminars looking at female entrepreneurship in Poland and the role of mentors and ambassadors. The conference culminated in a presentation of diploma certificates for the mentors from each country to mark the inauguration of the mentor network. Pictured left is Sylvia Walker receiving her certificate from Ms Gra┼╝yna Henclewska, Polish Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economy.

We Mentor UK is a European mentoring project that aims to provide guidance and support for women entrepreneurs to further grow their business enterprise.
The project will link mentors and mentees according to sector, skills, need and preference. Mentors and mentees will be able to work together both in person and through our comprehensive e-mentoring systems to share experiences and build an action plan.

Throughout the course of the project mentees will be given opportunity to:
• Reflect on their own business performance and examine principles of business practice
• Develop strategies for business growth
• Learn from the practices, culture, ethos, communication and procedures of another business
• Enhance their personal development, building in confidence
• Build on personal and professional networks for business opportunity
• Access shared business resources

This project is open for recruitment NOW, so for more information or to register your interest in the role of mentor or mentee, please contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk