Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Global Symposium on Women's Entrepreneurship

The Women's Organisation CEO Maggie O'Carroll is delighted to be representing the organisation at 'The Global Symposium on Women's Entrepreneurship' where she will be speaking.

All over the world, women are important drivers of growth. More and more women are joining the workforce and getting involved in entrepreneurship and innovation, starting and running businesses. Still, fewer women than men start businesses. And women owned businesses generally remain smaller than male owned businesses. Maggie will be discussing the importance of gender focussed support to enable women entrepreneurs to start and build sustainable businesses, reflecting on the work of The Women's Organisation business start-up programme and their national We Mentor project offering mentoring to women entrepreneurs for growth.

The Global Symposium on Women's Entrepreneurship is a new initiative, building upon the work by The Diana Project and Diana International, a network of academic researchers working with research on women entrepreneurs.

The 2012 symposium in Stockholm, Sweden is the inaugural event for the coming years’ work to create a global knowledge and action network for enhancing women’s entrepreneurship. The symposium and the network has a multi-stakeholder approach. Over time, the hope is to bring together the global stakeholders that are needed to make a change: entrepreneurs, financiers, service-providers, academics, educators, policymakers, and media representatives.

The 2012 Global Symposium on Women's Entrepreneurship will address two major themes:
o Women’s entrepreneurship as a driver of economic and social value for communities and countries
o Women entrepreneurs recognizing and achieving high potential for their businesses

Within these larger themes, an array of interesting topics will be explored. For instance: how do entrepreneurs access opportunities through markets (local, regional, national or global)? How do they get access to resources such as talent, networks and financial capital? Where do we find innovative products, services and business models? And what does entrepreneurial leadership look like?
During the two symposia days, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking and learning from each other.

The symposium will also showcase interesting initiatives and programs from all over the world. It can be policy initiatives, private initiatives, or public-private partnerships. The showcases will take place on stage and in our piazza for sharing ideas. If you are interested in showcasing your initiative, please contact magnus.aronsson@esbri.sefor more information.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Café Bar Jobs Available at 54 St James Street

The Women's Organisation's preferred supplier for the café bar at 54 St James Street 'De-Bonair' is recruiting! Job specs for the 2 available roles can be found below.

Any interested parties can download an application form for the position here.

Any enquiries about the opportunity should be sent directly to De-bonair via HR@de-bonair.com - please do not contact The Women's Organisation about these roles as we will not be able to assist you.

Job Specs – D & N Liverpool

Chef Manager – D & N Liverpool – part of De-Bonair. Salary £25,000pa 40 hours per week.


Position Purpose

The ideal Chef Manager is not only a fabulous cook but also takes ownership of any situation and follows up on every issue. S/he is the heart of the team and supports anytime, anywhere, gaining exposure to all areas of the café bar operation. The Chef Manager will assist in planning and pre-opening project work of D & N Liverpool and is part of the core pre-opening team. This includes writing of specs, creation and maintenance of the café bars performance reports, liaising with third parties and key business contacts as well as collaboration with complex functions (sales, marketing, human resources, etc.). As an all-rounder, the chef manager is the go-to person for the unexpected; anything can happen in the D & N cafe buzz.


Success profile

You create a buzz around you and enjoy the energetic and fast pace environment. You always display easy-breezy charm and confidence that engages guests, and creates an inviting feel to D & N for staff and customers alike. Your personal passion for hospitality and great food allows you to remain at your best and share positive energy, even in challenging times. You never walk past a cushion out of place or a piece of paper on the ground. You proactively see it, take care of it and own it. Anytime, anywhere, for you quality is not a one-time event, it’s a habit.

Be the pulse of the D & N, In the know and managing it all. Build strong relationships with colleagues and business partners to facilitate communication and efficient operation of D & N. Never satisfied with average; conscientious and driven to be the best at what you do - always! D & N, De-Bonair and the wider Graysons Family. At De-Bonair we live and work as One Team. In this multi-skilled environment we train the entire team in all areas of the business. What we give you and every member of the team in return is true experiences that can carry forward on your journey through your career.

Bar Team Leader – D & N Liverpool – part of De-Bonair. Salary £8.50 p/h 40 hours p/w


Position Purpose

The ideal Bar Team Leader is not simply a great bar person, cocktail maker, quiz host, compare and cellar master, but also takes ownership of any situation and follows up on every issue. S/he is the heart of the bar team and supports anytime, anywhere, gaining exposure to all areas of the café bar operation. The Bar Team leader will assist the Manager in planning and pre-opening project work of D & N Liverpool and is part of the core pre-opening team. This includes writing of specs, creation and maintenance of the café bars performance reports, liaising with third parties and key business contacts as well as collaboration with complex functions (sales, marketing, human resources, etc.). As an all-rounder, the team leader is the go-to person for the unexpected; anything can happen in the D & N cafe buzz. Success profile

You create a buzz around you and enjoy the energetic and fast pace environment. You always display easy-breezy charm and confidence that engages guests, and creates an inviting feel to D & N for staff and customers alike. Your personal passion for serving the perfect drink, hospitality and great food allows you to remain at your best and share positive energy, even in challenging times. You never walk past an empty glass or a piece of paper on the ground. You proactively see it, take care of it and own it. Anytime, anywhere, for you quality is not a one-time event, it’s a habit.

Be the pulse of the D & N, In the know and managing it all. Build strong relationships with colleagues and business partners to facilitate communication and efficient operation of D & N. Never satisfied with average; conscientious and driven to be the best at what you do -always! D & N, De-Bonair and the wider Graysons Family. At De-Bonair we live and work as One Team. In this multi-skilled environment we train the entire team in all areas of the business. What we give you and every member of the team in return is true experiences that can carry forward on your journey through your career.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Liverpool Music Awards to Launch at 54 St James Street

This November will see the fist annual Liverpool Music Awards – celebrating the incredible musical talent and entrepreneurial achievements of Liverpool’s music industry. Liverpool Music Awards will honour the heroes of the music industry in our city: not only local musicians, but also those behind the scene, who facilitate and inspire others to create and perform on Merseyside.

As well as celebrating music, Liverpool Music Awards will also be another boost for female enterprise as it will be directed by local music academic Ellie Phillips. It seems therefore fitting that the launch event for Liverpool Music Awards is taking place at The Women's Organisation's 'Women's International Centre for Economic Development' at 54 St James Street as part of the organisations master class event for Liverpool Sound City on 17th May.

Entries and nominations will open following the official launch of the awards on Thursday May 17 2012, at The Women's Organisation’s 'Women & The Music Industry' event, which takes place as part of Liverpool Sound City festival. Award entries will close on Friday August 17 2012.

The respected panel includes: Liverpool Echo music writer Jade Wright (also on the panel for the 'Woman and the Music Industry' event, BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks and Craig G Pennington, editor and publisher of music magazine Bido Lito! - More names to be announced in coming weeks.

“Liverpool is home to some of the greatest musical talent in the world, bursting with tastemakers and cutting edge artists that are the lifeblood of our city” says Liverpool Music Awards Director, Ellie Phillips.

Once the nominees have been shortlisted, public voting will open and the winner of each category will be announced at the official Liverpool Music Awards ceremony – to be held in November.

The Fifteen Award Categories include; Live Music Venue of the year, Live Music Night of the year, Artist Manager/Management Team of the year, Producer/Production Team of the year, Recording Studio of the year, Record Label of the year, Single of the year, Album of the year, Female Artist of the year, Male Artist of the year, Band of the year, DJ of the year, One To Watch, Local Music Champion and Outstanding Contribution to music.

“Considering that Liverpool is widely considered to be the world capital of music, I couldn’t believe that the Liverpool Music Awards didn’t exist already. When setting up, the most important thing to me was to ensure that the ethos and the ethics behind the Liverpool Music Awards were sound. Principally, I wanted to ensure that the awards were none-elitist, not genre-specific, and that the shortlist and subsequent winners would represent the best of the best that the Liverpool music industry has to offer. After many months of extensive research and preparation, I believe I’ve come up with the right formula” adds Ellie.

For further details on the Liverpool Music Awards and how to vote: www.liverpoolmusicawards.com

For more details of how The Women's Organisation supports local women to set up their own business please contact our team on 0151 706 8111/info@thewo.org.uk or visit www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Get Involved - Women's E-Business Enterprise Learning Project 'E-Bel'

The Women's Organisation has successfully bid to the EU's Lifelong Learning Leonardo Programme to develop a learning model that aims to help women-led small businesses to be more innovative, competitive and increase their e-business activities. The Women's Organisation are working in partnership with organisations in Ireland, Norway & Slovenia to deliver the Women's E-Business Enterprise Learning (E-BEL) project.

The E-Business Enterprise Learning for Women project is seeking the views and experiences of women entrepreneurs to help us develop resources to improve and increase e-business activities in women led small businesses.

If you a woman in business, get involved with E-Bel by completing the following survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B8M8Q2P

Monday, May 14, 2012

'Women & The Music Industry' - Introducing the Panel

The Women's Organisation have teamed with Liverpool Sound City to offer a fantastic master class event 'Women & the Music Industry'. Offering their thoughts on the topic and fielding questions from our music enthusiast audience will be a panel of industry experts. The event running on Thursday 17th May 2pm is FREE and open to all. Book tickets online here. Below are details of the expert panel. If you have booked a ticket for the event and have a question you would like to pitch to the panel please email info@thewo.org.uk with the question and your details.

Introducing The Panel

• Gemma Cutting – Presenter – Radio City - PANEL CHAIR Gemma started her career at Vibe FM in East Anglia, with her first presenting slot at just 17. After time at Vibe FM, she moved up to Liverpool and started working at Radio City, presenting the late night show. During a break from Radio City she was in the girl band Genie Queen – and then focused on raising her little boy. Now back at Radio City, Gemma is the presenter of Entertainment City, with music and interviews with some of the biggest artists in commercial music

• Becky Ayres – Chief Operating Officer – Liverpool Sound City Becky Ayres is Chief Operating Officer of Liverpool Sound City. Liverpool Sound City (17th-19th May 2012) is a hugely respected 3 day international music, media and technology conference and live arts and music festival. Hosting over 360 artists performing to 35,000 music fans and 2,500 industry, it packs controversial debate, unparalleled networking, amazing music, ground breaking film, fantastic photography, eclectic art, and even a football tournament into 3 inspirational days and hedonistic nights in the World's most legendary music city.

• Jade Wright – Music Journalist – Liverpool Echo Jade Wright is the Liverpool Echo's music writer. Working as part of the paper's busy features team, she also writes about food and drink, television and environmental issues, as well as a weekly opinion column. Jade previously worked in television as a researcher and assistant producer. She has more than a decade of experience of working in news organisations in the north west. When she's not working, she's either at a gig, eating out or walking her boisterous family of springer spaniels.

• Jen Corrigan – Director – Fierce Management Jen Corrigan has worked in the music industry for 11 years. Studying towards a BA Hons in Music and Entertainment Management at LIPA also gave her opportunity to meet business. Jen say’s “In our final year we worked at Simon Cowell’s booking agency IMG for a practical management project. Through that we were offered placements on the 2009 series of X Factor looking after contestants, bookings, diaries. It was a great learning curve. Following the work with IMG I was offered a job with Simon Cowell’s company, but I decided it wasn’t for me. It was a very controlled environment and I wanted to have more of a say. It was then Karl and I decided to set up Fierce Management. We had both worked for other people and we felt the time was right to do it for ourselves.” Fierce Management currently have an artist writing with the JLS team and are also working with the production team behind the re-launch of the original Sugababes line up.

• Lisa Southern – Director – Lisa Southern PR After University Lisa spent 10 years in London working for consumer PR agency Barclay Stratton, comedy agency Avalon TV and Island Records before setting up her own independent press office Southern PR. In 2007 Lisa moved back to Liverpool to work for music and sports promoter CMP and since re-locating back home to Liverpool, she has become a regular contributor to press and radio on music and football; which has included a weekly what’s on entertainment guide on City Talk 105.9 FM and as a football pundit on 107.2 Wire FM's Saturday sports show with Roy Basnett. Summer 2010 saw the biggest life change yet as Lisa took time out to be a new mum. March 2011 proved to be another landmark year with the birth of Lisa Southern PR. 2011 saw Lisa work on the inaugural Chester Rocks music festival with one of her heroes Iggy Pop & The Stooges, the re-launch of the legendary Liverpool club Eric's and the Liverpool Irish Festival.

• Francis McEntegart LL.B (Hons) Barrister -Director - McEntegart Legal Ltd. Francis studied law at the University of Liverpool where he was president of the Legal Society and editor of the law faculty’s magazine. Francis studied for his Bar Vocational Course at the renowned Inns of Court School of Law and received his Post Graduate Diploma in law from City University London. He was called to the Bar in 1998 by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. In London he worked as an in-house lawyer for a music publisher and joined Kickin Records as head of business and legal affairs. Francis has since worked at two of the North West’s biggest law firms before setting up his own boutique intellectual property and commercial law practice. He specializes in intellectual property, music & entertainment, commercial and e-commerce law and is listed in the Legal Experts Directory as an expert in Media Law. Francis has guest-lectured in music contract law issues at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and LIPA. Prior to studying and working in the law Francis was a sound engineer and professional musician. He is the owner of the record label, Cavern Records.

• Louise Martin – Journalist – Radio City Louise is a news and sport journalist at Radio City, and has been working in the tower for just over three years. Among the stories she’s covered are the war in Afghanistan, Michael Shields release and the sale of LFC. With a special interest in music Louise has covered the last three Liverpool Sound City’s for Radio City and City Talk, the MOBOs and every Radio City Live event. Music Industry folk Louise has interviewed include Miles Kane, Rebecca Ferguson, The Saturdays, Alexandra Burke, JLS, N Dubz, Ed Sheeran, Prof. Green

Following the panel event there will be an 'Acoustic Afternoon' with industry networking and live music to Launch new female run business 'Liverpool Music Awards' featuring some great up and coming local female artists including 'Tibi and Her Cello', 'Science of the Lamps', 'Afrika Fuentes' and 'Caroline England'. Sound support for the event is being provided by AdLib Audio.

Business Club Offers FREE Networking for Women in Business

It's been a year since The Women's Organisation launched their 'Business Club' service for local business women, building up a membership of over 300 women. The business club offers regular networking events and specialist master classes for women in the north west who are running their own business. Each event sees 50-60 women attend to benefit from the expertise of the guest speakers and to build strong business connections.

Engagement & Marketing Officer for The Women's Organisation Jo Austin said "One of the best parts of my job is organising events for Business Club. It's great to meet the women who have come through our whole programme and are now confidently striding out as trading businesses to promote themselves. We are fortunate that we have benfitted from top quality speakers giving their time to offer top tips to help women to move their business forward, and now we are able to hold the events at our new Women's International Centre for Economic Development on St James Street the atmosphere is all the more empowering. There isn't a great deal of post start support for businesses around at present, so we are keen to keep building the business club as a resource for women once they have set up to still know we are there for them."

One business club member commented "I am really grateful for all the support I have received from The Women's Organisation", another this week told us "Networking is really about true relationship building. The Women's Organisation's Business Club is one of the few networks I know of that does this really successfully."

The Women's Organisation offer membership to 'Business Club' FREE of charge to any woman who is running her own trading business in the north west. Once signed up members are then regularly invited to the special networking and master class events also FREE! In order to keep this as a free service, The Women's Organisation seek out sponsorship from local businesses and organisations to help support the events.

This month business club offers the opportunity to 'De-Stress Your Business' with business coach Denise Chilton, and Legal expert Victoria Othen. The interesting talks at the event should help with stress management techniques, and help to avoid further stress by understanding legalities you need to consider.

Held on: Tuesday 22nd May, 6pm

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

If you would like to discuss sponsoring a business club event, or would like to find out more about how to join - Please contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Writing on the Wall 'From Spare Rib to Slutwalks' TONIGHT!

Leading feminist critics and experts in sexual politics will gather in Liverpool next week to discuss the future of the women’s movement.

‘Spare Rib to Slutwalks’ has been organised as part of the city’s 12th annual ‘Writing on the Wall’ festival and takes place on Tuesday, 8th May at The Women’s Organisation’s new international centre in St James Street, Liverpool.

Liz Kelly, Professor of Sexualised Violence at London Metropolitan University, will be debating the issue with Bidisha, feminist, critic, broadcaster and writer, Helen Millne, chief finance and operating officer at The Women’s Organisation and author Helen Walsh.

The panel will consider the impact of the women’s movement, from the introduction of feminist magazine ‘Spare Rib’ in the early 1970’s to the recent Slutwalk protests. The protests spread worldwide after a Canadian police officer suggested that to remain safe, women should avoid dressing like ‘sluts.’

“This event is likely to provoke some lively debate and we’re sure it will prove very popular,” said Madeline Heneghan, Writing on the Wall festival director.

“Our aim is to be as current as we can; discussing issues that have been making headlines during the past few months and this topic has certainly proved controversial.”

The award-winning ‘Writing on the Wall’ festival features a month-long feast of story-telling, poetry, creative writing and debate. Highlights include controversial journalist Peter Hitchens discussing recent protest movements, whilst award-winning Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif will consider the Middle East revolutions.

To tie in with the festival’s nautical theme ‘Below Decks’, Titanic authors Frances Wilson and Nic Compton will discuss ‘Titanic on Trial’ during a debate at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Phone hacking and the demise of the News of the World will be debated by Tom Watson MP and journalists, campaigners and those at the receiving end, whilst writer Owen Jones, author of ‘Chavs’ (The Demonization of the Working Class) will consider the politics of media representation.

During the festival, festival organiser Mike Morris will showcase his first play ‘Waiting for Brando’, a joint venture with Steve Higginson. The production, starring Paul Duckworth, is being staged at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre from 22-24 May.

The Writing on the Wall festival is the culmination of year-round writing and spoken word projects involving people of all ages, from diverse communities across the region.

Writing on the Wall, a not for profit organisation, is part of the Art Council England’s national portfolio of 696 organisations, in recognition of its success in encouraging new writing; young writers; hidden histories; radical writing; linking communities and empowering women.

To find out more about all the events during the Writing on the Wall festival check out www.writingonthewall.org.uk

Tickets to ‘Spare Rib to Slutwalks’ cost £6/£4 and the event starts at 7pm on May 8th. Tickets can be booked online via the website or from The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 873 2888.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

£200 Start Up Grant Launches for Merseyside Women!

The Women's Organisation are delighted to be able to offer additional support to women setting up in business on Merseyside. A £200 business start up grant is available to women who come through The Women's Organisation business start up programme to support them to cover their start-up costs.

The business start-up grant comes hand in hand with a package of FREE support for business including:

• Workshops around: business planning, setting up book keeping systems for your business, understanding tax and national insurance and marketing your business

• One to one advice appointments with a qualified business adviser to guide women through the business planning process

Appointments with our team are available at venues across the region.

Enterprise Director at The Women's Organisation Jackie Williams said "We are thrilled to be able to offer this additional support to local women. We understand that particularly for women who aren't working, the step of self employment can seem a daunting one. We hope that this grant support will be that impetus for them to take that step to recognise their potential and get started on their business journey."

For more information about the support available to women starting out in business, including full eligibility criteria for the grant, please contact our team on 0151 706 8111 o info@thewo.org.uk

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Knowsley Women Get a Confidence Boost for Business

The Women's Organisation invite women in Knowsley to 'Become a more Confident You' and start to think about your future plans.

This FREE 1 day event will be held:

AT: Kirkby JCP, St Chads Parade, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8RW

ON: Tuesday 29th May, 9.30am – 3.00pm


This interactive Personal Development session is focused on:

• Building confidence and self-esteem

• Creating a more positive outlook

• Helping you to make a positive plan for your future, including finding out what support is available from The Women's Organisation should you consider self-employment.

By the end of the session, you will have identified what qualities and capabilities you have and be more confident in deciding where your future lies.

To book a place contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

'Women & the Music Industry' a Liverpool Sound City Master Class

The Women's Organisation have teamed with Liverpool Sound City to bring you 'Women & the Music Industry' a Master Class.

Hear from and pitch your questions to our panel of music industry experts from:

Radio City, Liverpool Echo, Lisa Southern PR, Fierce Management, McEntegart Legal Ltd. & Liverpool Sound City

This fantastic event will give delegates chance to draw on the experiences of our panel of experts looking at: Press relations and PR, Music Management, Being a Female Artist, Getting the Right Deal, Understanding Music Related Legalities and whatever else you would like to throw at them around this key issue.


Then join us to:

Launch ‘Liverpool Music Awards’

at our LIVE ‘Acoustic Afternoon’ featuring fabulous local female artists and industry networking.

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

Held on: Thursday 17th May 2pm-6pm

Book your FREE ticket online now via eventbrite, or contact our team on info@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8111 for more detail.

Everyone interested in this topic welcome