Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stockport Council Backs Women in Business

The Women's Organisation were delighted to join together with Stockport Council this International Women's Day to hold a celebration for local business women. Held on 8th March, the 101st anniversary of International Women's Day, the event at Houldsworth Mill in Stockport attracted 80 attendees.

Sharon Mayo from Stockport Council (pictured left with Mike Marsden from The Women's Organisation and speaker Emma Callaghan) welcomed the women to the event. Local woman in business Alison Brook shared her experiences of setting her business up and Bernie Cox from The Women's Organisation gave top networking tips. The keynote speaker for the event was Manchester based Emma Callaghan of Bare Face Marketing. Emma, who is a mentor for The Women's Organisation We Mentor Project, gave helpful hints on branding and social media strategy for business.

6 local businesses were also given the opportunity to showcase themselves with stalls on the day including Mrs Frisbees All Naturals, Sweet Thought, Whole Body Care, Believe in Beauty, Garden Angels and Silver concierge.

The women attending were invited to link up with 'We Mentor', a European Mentoring programme for women's entrepreneurs, to take their business to the next level.

The event sponsored by Stockport council was a unique opportunity for the women in the local area to come together and the response was overwhelming. Some of the feedback included:

"Absolutely fabulous, really useful. Thank you"
"A very informative and worthwhile event to mark International Women's Day"
"Really positive and helpful. A great idea"
"Excellent meeting, I learnt a lot, made some great contacts and am excited about being more involved in networking events"
"Great speakers, interesting and informative, great opportunity to meet other business women"
"Loved the day. Great advice, great ideas, great people and lovely scones!"
""Fantastic presentation, learnt a lot"
"Excellent as always from The Women's Organisation"
"Great event, social media really helpful"
"Was great to speak ro new business women and make some new contacts"
"It was good, would love the opportunity to attend more events like this"
"Really positive and inspirational. Thank you bernie, Mike and all of the people involved"

Pictured above left are some of the women who came along. From left to right:
Jan Rothwell: Girl About The House, Jo Brookes: Target Business Assists, Wendy Green: Freelance Personal Assistant, Sue Southern: Ithaca Commercial & Family Photography. More photographs from the event can be found in our Flickr Album.

The Women's Organisation are a non-profit organisation who are grateful for sponsorship like we were offered for this event in order to provide quality enterprise services to women. If you attended the event and would like similar opportunities in the future, or if you missed out and are looking for ways to network locally, please feel free to add your comments. This supports us to demonstrate the value of women's enterprise support. If you would like more information about our organisation please visit or contact or 0161 833 8800.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Art & Craft Fair St Helens 31st March

Local business Violet Haze are organising an art and craft fair to take place in St Helens on 31st March

The event will be held at Mash Art Cafe on Haydock Street in the town, and tables for craft businesses are £15 each. The event runs from 10am to 4pm, with setting up from 9am. Admission to the public is free. There will be food and drink available all day from the cafe.

If you have hand crafted items to sell and are interested or have any questions please contact Jill from Voilet Haze on 01744 611889 or

Monday, March 26, 2012

Book now for 'Social Impact in Practice' SAN Gathering 2012

The SAN Social Audit Network (SAN) invites you to their 2012 gathering 'Social Impact in Practice', sponsored by The Women's Organisation and featuring our Development Manager Lisa McMullen.

The date of the SAN conference is 20th April 2012 and the venue will be :

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

Are you interested in social value? Do you want to know more about how to investigate and report about your organisation's social, environmental and economic impact? Are you a commissioner of public services who is looking for ways that providers can demonstrate the outcomes that you need?

The Social Audit Network is hosting a gathering of those who are interested in Social Impact in Practice, with a programme that will include:

- Keynote speeches from Luciana Berger MP and Caroline Mason (Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital)
- Speakers from across public service sectors, including housing, health and criminal justice
- World café conversation encompassing the key theme of social impact in practice
- Facilitated thinking and learning workshops about aspects of social impact reporting tools
- Your chance to reflect on social value and influence aspirations for SAN
- Tributes to John Pearce and Mike Swain

Event fee per delegate...

£95 Individual
£75 SAN Member
Special Offer for SAN Conference delegates: Purchase the new Guide to Social Accouting for the discounted price of £35 (normal price: £40)

SAN hopes to offer a number of bursaries available for smaller social economy organisations.

Please contact the SAN office for bookings or more information Tel: 01902 877565

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gender at Play: Media, Education and Workplace with ISBE

Gender at Play: Media, Education and Workplace, Tuesday March 20th 2012 TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!!!

Following on from ISBE's highly acclaimed Think-Space Event last year this forthcoming event will explore how gender is enacted in a variety of contexts focusing in particular on the media, (higher) education and workplace.
Key topics to be addressed include:
• key frameworks and concepts related to gender,
• power and media(ted) identities,
• theorising gender, culture and media,
• gender and post-feminist media culture,
• gendered identifications beyond the ‘media effects model’,
• key ideas and research on gender and entrepreneurship within the contexts of the media,
• higher education and workplace environments,
• research on gender and the transnational politics of emotion

Speakers will include feature notable gender theorist Dr Carolyn Pedwell, Professor Susan Marlow and Dr Sally Jones

There will be an open forum for asking questions and a group discussion on how these concepts can be explored effectively within entrepreneurship research, generating ideas and areas for future research agendas. Debate and discussion will be encouraged throughout the event

Both novices and experts in gender theory are welcome and we strongly encourage scholars from other disciplines to attend. In addition, researchers of men (whether explicitly or in practice) are particularly welcome to join to think about the implications of gender theory for general entrepreneurship theory.

This is an extremely popular event and places are limited. A survey of the previous Thinkspace delegates showed that:
100% of respondents felt that the event would have an impact on their research/ personal development,
100% felt that the event fully met their reasons for attending
100% would recommend the event to a friend or colleague

Cost There is a nominal charge to cover costs of £50 per person; £30 for PhD Students

Registration at 9.30am, start at 10am, finish at 4.30pm

Newcastle University Business School, Conf Room 8.10, 8th floor, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4SE

To register or for more information visit
For further details of the seminar event/content contact:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy International Women's Day from The Women's Organisation

International Women's Day is an occasion marked globally by individuals and women's groups alike. On this day women break down the barriers of their differences whether they be economic, cultural, ethnic, linguistic or political to join together to celebrate the day. It is a chance for women to both champion their achievements and continue to campaign to strengthen the economic positioning of women.

The Women's Organisation are proud to stand with women worldwide to celebrate and this year we are doing so by bringing together business women in Stockport and Liverpool to network and learn together how to further grow their business enterprise.

A brief history of International Women's Day

In 1910 The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.

In 1911 as a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.


Visit our profile on the International Women's Day website to see how we will be supporting women today and all year.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Women's Organisation Client Freedman PR Lands Hollywood Film & TV Series for UK & European Promotion

Freedman PR was established in 2010 by Danielle Freedman (pictured). AFTER a busy career promoting celebrities - when Danielle Freedman became a mum she decided to leave her work behind – but when a former client got back in touch asking for her PR expertise it re-ignited her interest and she decided to start up her own business.

Now, Freedman PR provides public relations support and expertise throughout the entertainment industry with Danielle at the helm gaining PR contracts with the Welsh National Opera, The Vienna Festival ballet & the DVD release of Bad Day staring Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding, the promotion of footballers and much more. Freedman was responsible for the PR & glittering launch of the film Charlie Noades RIP last January in across Merseyside now available on DVD since Dec 2011. Freedman PR was also responsible for the northwest regional PR for the release of the Jewish Film Reuniting The Rubins in November 2011.

Danielle, who has two children aged three and five, said: “I have always been very career minded, but when I started my family I decided I wasn’t going to go back into PR because the kind of work I do within the entertainment industry is very demanding and you have to give long hours."

Although Danielle runs the business she also works alongside a number of freelancers who assist with the PR, media relations and events organising.

42-year-old Danielle, who is from the Knowsley area, says she is delighted with being asked to represent a number of high profile events and celebrities since starting up the business and has been pleased with the success she has had in gaining numerous PR contracts over the past few months.

Prior to starting up Freedman PR Danielle came along to The Women’s Organisation (formerly Train 2000) where she received help and support under the business start up support programme, where she worked on a one-to-one basis with a business adviser who supported her with putting a business plan together.

Freedman has recently won a new PR Account from Hollywood to handle the UK distribution & PR for a Film & TV Series. - Modos - The Prophecy of Armageddon is a sci fi thriller, very similar to CH4 Misfits. Freedman will be promoting them at UK & European Film Festivals in the hope that that the concept will be picked up for TV & Film.

"I am very excited to be working with a Hollywood Production company" gushed Freedman - "it sort of puts everything into perspective when they are coming here to the UK looking for publicity."

Freedman PR is also in the throws of securing another another lucrative win with a New York Film Maker and is the only niche market publicity service for film premiers, launches and film & TV marketing across the Northwest.

For further information about Freedman PR please contact Danielle Freedman on: 0845 057 3639.

And if like Danielle you would like support to set up your own business please contact The Women's Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or

International Women's Day with Merseyside Women's Movement

Merseyside Women's Movement invite you to join an 'International Women’s Day March'.

The march will focus on issues such as: Stop Violence Against Women! Stop the Cuts! Close the Pay Gap! Protect public services and the NHS!

ON: Sat 10th March 2012
Starting at: 12.00pm Peace Gardens - St George’s Hall

This is a women-led march but male supporters welcome. Bring banners, whistles etc!

There will also be an after march public meeting at St. Bride’s, Catherine St. featuring speakers from local community and activist groups, approx 1.30 pm start.
St. Bride’s is an inclusive space which welcomes those of all faiths and none
So join Merseyside Women's Movement for a day of demonstration, celebration and discussion from a diverse range of community groups.
Activist panel of speakers will include representatives from Liverpool Women's Network, Women Against he Cuts, Migrant Artists Mutual Aid, Voice of Nations and other organisations

Vegan-friendly refreshments will be available.
Face-painting and gingerbread-women decorating for kids
Dance, drama, music and much more!

International Women's Day is a global day of celebration and action for women across the world that has been held for over 100 years
Why should we organise for women's rights in 2012?

Women in the UK still earn 15% less than men in like-for-like full time work
2 women die every week as a result of violence in the home or from a previous
Women are more affected by rising unemployment with an increase in
unemployment by 18% since the recession (men's unemployment has risen by
1%)(Fawcett Society)

2/3 of adults who cannot read worldwide are women
Of the billion poorest people in the world, 3/5 are women
1 in 3 women has been subject to violence or rape worldwide(UNESCO)

twitter: @merseysidewomen

International Women's Day Celebration at International Slavery Museum

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Dr Alex Robinson will be talking about the ways in which women resisted enslavement by their actions or by their words.

The talk will remember iconic women of the struggle such as Nanny of the Maroons and Sojourner Truth but will also focus on those whom we discover from only a name in court records or from the oral traditions, but whose strength and bravery helped to undermine the plantation system.

Please ring 0151 478 4456 to reserve a place.

Date: Thursday 8 March 2012
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: International Slavery Museum
Suitable for: adults, all visitors
Booking: Free event, pre-booking is essential
For more information follow this link.

The Women's Organisation and Goldman Sachs Present 'Women's Business Mastermind' - GEC 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Congress hits Liverpool this March, and The Women's Organisation have teamed with Goldman Sachs to host a series of events you can access free!

'Women’s Business Mastermind and Networking Event' brings together successful women business experts to answer quick fire questions on business problems posed by a worldwide female entrepreneurial audience.

Held on: Wednesday 14th March 2012, 6pm-8.30pm
Held at: The Women's Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

This exciting event will be attended by over 100 women business owners and is filling up fast. You can book a FREE ticket online NOW!

Whether you can attend the event or not you can get involved by posing your business question. Click here to submit a question. The best ones will be chosen and addressed at the event.

Find out more about our 'We Mentor' programme offering mentoring to UK women entrepreneurs at the event and sign up to be linked with a mentor.

You can get 20% discount on tickets for costed GEC events by adding our discount code TWO20 when booking.

The Women's Organisation to host live broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

Liverpool-based female enterprise agency The Women’s Organisation is to host a live broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

The popular magazine programme – with more than three million listeners - will come live from the Women’s International Centre for Economic Development on Monday, 12th March, hosted by Liverpool-born presenter Jane Garvey.

The special programme, being broadcast during the city’s hosting of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, will focus on female entrepreneurship.

An expert panel of prominent businesswomen will answer questions from a 150-strong audience on topics including setting up and running a business - from raising finance and developing overseas markets to combining work with family.

Maggie O’Carroll, chief executive of The Women’s Organisation, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that BBC’s Woman’s Hour has chosen to broadcast a programme from our international centre, particularly with all eyes on Liverpool as the city hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

“Our centre is the only one of its kind in the UK, focusing on female enterprise, providing a hub for female entrepreneurs and housing an international research centre. We really look forward to welcoming the Woman’s Hour team and audience members here during what will be a very exciting week.”

Jane Garvey, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, said: “When we learned about the Women’s International Centre for Economic Development we were very impressed and it seemed the obvious choice when selecting a venue to broadcast a live programme during Global Entrepreneurship Week. I am really looking forward to coming to Liverpool as it the city where I was born and bred.”

Working with partners Liverpool Vision and the Kauffman Foundation, the Women’s Organisation will host a series of events as part of the GEC’s week-long festival of enterprise.

These include a global research symposium, a female business mastermind and a female entrepreneurship international policy roundtable. Liverpool is the first city in Europe to host the international event, which starts on March 9.

Situated in the Baltic Triangle area of the city, the £5.3m Women’s International Centre for Economic Development provides a range of services focused on women’s start-up businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises.

As well as an international research and knowledge centre, the building also provides ‘incubation’ units for new and high growth women enterprises. The units are proving popular with more and more female entrepreneurs choosing to run their businesses from the centre.

BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour will be broadcast from The Women’s Organisation between 10am-10.45am on Monday, 12th March. To apply for free tickets go to

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.

Alternatively please email or visit

Monday, March 5, 2012

Start Up Liverpool Event - GEC 2012 - FREE tickets available

GEC2012 is kicking off with a 'Start Up Liverpool' event this weekend (9th to 11th March). The challenge is to get new businesses from an idea to ready to go in just 1 weekend.

This 54 hour event is a once in a lifetime opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to get practical help from a team of world-class experts, as well as others who share their passion for enterprise. To find out more please go to:

Liverpool Vision have purchased a number of tickets for this event which they are offering FREE to enable a wide selection of people to take part. The Women's Organisation have been offered 3 free tickets for women who are at the early ideas stage of business. If you would like to grab one of these FREE tickets worth £54 please contact with the subject heading 'Start Up Liverpool Ticket' and your own details.

Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis to businesses who are not yet trading.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Opportunity for Small Businesses to Exhibit at MBS Spring Fair

The Women's Organisation client 'Divine Therapies,' would like to invite you to exhibit at the MBS Spring Fair at the 'Devonshire House Hotel', Edge Lane, Liverpool ,on Sunday 15th April ,2012 (8am-6pm)

The event has been booked to co-incide with the close of 'Grand National week'
at Aintree, for which the hotel has been fully booked and to run alongside another event at the Hotel on the day for a further 200 guests.

The Spring Fair will 'showcase' your talents and products without expensive overheads,a standard 6 foot tressel table with white cloth cover is available for £44with tea and coffee upon arrival for all exhibitors.

Parking is free, plentiful and access is easy.

Please visit www.divinetherapies.yolasite.comfor more info, booking forms, flyers for advertising and to book your space.

Limited number of tables available, book early to avoid disappointment.
Table position requests will be catered for on a first come first served basis.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Congress with The Women's Organisation

Book for GEC events quoting 'TWO20' when booking to receive 20% off

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is the largest gathering of start-up champions from around the world. Coming to Britain for the first time, the Congress is a unique opportunity to meet and network with some of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. You can get a 20% discount by quoting 'TWO20' when booking.

You will hear from a fantastic line-up of some of the world’s best business minds, including:
• Sir Richard Branson
• Sir Terry Leahy
• Martha Lane Fox
• Lord Heseltine

It’s about unleashing potential and the will to win, inspiring people to realise their ambitions, exciting them to make it now.

Click here for more details about the event.

FREE GEC 2012 Events with The Women's Organisation:

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour - Female Entrepreneurship: The Debate

The Women's Organisation and event sponsors will host a dedicated BBC outside broadcast of Radio 4 'Women’s Hour' as part of GEC 2012. The event on Monday 12th March will include a panel of experts and a specially invited guest list of 150 women entrepreneurs to discuss female entrepreneurship.

Global Research Symposium on Female Entrepreneurship

Bringing together leading researchers in the field of female entrepreneurship to review the most recent and unique research conducted in 59 economies analysing how many women are starting businesses, the types of businesses and the challenges they face. Contributors will include Professor Patricia Greene of Babson College, USA, a co-author of the research; Professor Tom Cannon, University of Liverpool and Professor Sue Marlow, University of Birmingham. Held on Wednesday 14th March 9.30am to 12.30pm - Book Now...

Women’s Enterprise Policy Group Roundtable

Bringing together the leading policy influencers, entrepreneurs and business support practitioners from across the UK to discuss how enterprise policy and practice can be developed to effectively support female entrepreneurs. The policy group activity supports and influences national initiatives that promote the interests of the female enterprise start and growth and will be reviewing and showcasing new gender specific support initiatives. Held at The Women's Organisation on 14th March 1pm to 4pm . This is a closed event and by invitation only.

Women's Business Mastermind

The Women’s Business Mastermind and Networking Event brings together successful women business experts to answer quick fire questions on business problems posed by a worldwide female entrepreneurial audience. This exciting event will be attended by 150 women business owners on Wednesday 14th March 6pm-8.30pm and is filling up fast so BOOK NOW!
Don’t forget to quote 'TWO20' when booking to receive 20% off - Book for GEC events

Intuit Financial Fitness Workshops - GEC Event

Intuit’s government supported, completely free training workshops 'Intuit Financial Fitness' are taking place in Liverpool as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) on 12th March, the largest Global Entrepreneurship event of the year.

Intuit is offering 300 places to small and early stage businesses to take part in workshops offering practical advice and training on the key aspects of financial fitness to regional businesses in and around Liverpool. Businesses looking to get their finances into shape can find out more and sign for the free sessions at