Friday, September 28, 2012

The Womens' Organisation's WICED Building Wins Mayor's Award

The Women's Organisation's hard work paid off this month as we were once again confirmed to be an award winning organisation. This time it was the organisation's new £5.3m Women's International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) that prompted recognition.

The winners of the very first Merseyside Social Enterprise Awards were honoured at a ceremony held at Liverpool Town Hall, and The Women's Organisation were delighted to be nominated alongside other Merseyside based Social Enterprises nominated in 11 categories to recognise their contribution to improving the lives of local residents.

WICED was nominated for The Mayor's Innovation Award sponsored by Liverpool City Council. When The Women's Organisation were announced as the winners for their innovative building, Chair of the board Pat Shea Halson and Chief Finance and Operating Officer Helen Millne who went forward to collect the award couldn't contain their delight. When Councillor Nick Small (pictured above with Pat and Helen) presented the award to The Women's Organisation the support from the other organisations in the room was overwhelming; Helen and Pat were deeply touched by the response.

The development came about after nearly a decade of discussion, planning and campaigning. WICED is the largest dedicated centre for women's economic development in the UK. It boasts business incubation units for women led businesses, a sleek and modern conferencing and meeting centre, virtual office and hot desking facilities, as well as housing the women's enterprise services offered by the organistion. The project also included the development of an international research hub drawing on the expertise of leading experts on women's economic development from across the globe. The development was completed in January 2011 and has since welcomed thousands of budding female entrepreneurs.

To read more about the background of the development please visit our website.

If you might be interested in hiring our meeting rooms or holding a conference here please contact our team on or 0151 706 8100.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Downtown Invite You to Leaders Lunch Event

Downtown in Business are hosting a unique event THIS THURSDAY 'Leaders Lunch'.


The guest speaker for the event will be the Labour Party’s prospective candidate for Merseyside Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy. Jane has a wealth of political experience having been an MP for Wavertree Liverpool from 1992-2010. During this period she held several ministerial posts including Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Minister of State for Work and Minister of State for Security. She also spearheaded the Labour Party’s purge of Militant on Merseyside during the 1980’s. Since leaving parliament Jane has worked as a consultant for a number of private sector companies. She will share her political experiences, her thoughts on Liverpool’s remarkable renaissance and her vision for policing our city in the future at this exclusive event.

Twitter: #livleaders

Cost: £15.00 inc Glass of Wine, Main Course and Coffee

Thursday 27th September 2012, 12.00pm - 2.00pm, Malmaison


Monday, September 10, 2012

Business Club Get 'Sales Savvy' in September

This month with The Women’s Organisation Business Club become a 'Sales Savvy Business'

Held on: Thursday 20th September 6pm-8.30pm

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

This interesting networking event includes talks from:

Trainer & Consultant Gemma Hoare will step you through ‘How to generate sales’ looking at:
- What are you selling?

- What is the best way to sell for you?

- What’s the worst that could happen? (Fear of Cold Calling)

- What if they say no? – Overcoming barriers to selling

- Have they actually said yes? Confirming a Sale

- How do I make even more money?

Director of ‘Jo Austin Marketing’ Jo Austin will be looking at How to build sales through social media. Looking at:
- Choosing the right social media tools to reach your target market

- How to increase traffic on your social media sites

- Setting up offers and promotions through social media

- Linking social media to direct sales

- Top tips and tricks to save you time and get you noticed

As well as these interesting talks, enjoy light refreshments while networking with other local women in business.

FREE to members of The Women's Organisation Business Club. Business club membership is offering FREE to women running a trading business in the north west of England.
To join or book contact 0151 706 8111 or, or if you are already a member you can book your free place online here.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Women in Knowsley to Learn About 'Buying & Selling on eBay' 20th Sept

The Women's Organisation invite women in Knowsley to learn about 'Buying & Selling on eBay'.

This FREE half day workshop is suitable for all levels.

 Do you want to make some extra cash?

 Do you want tips on how to trade securely online?

 Want handy hints on how to grab a bargain?

BOOK NOW to gather handy hints, as well as information on how you could use eBay to start a small business from home.

Free places offered to women based in Knowsley

On: Thursday 20th Sept 10am-1pm

At: Community Rooms, Neighbourhood Centre, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley

Check your eligibility and book now via 0151 706 8111 or

Liverpool Women are Invited to 'Recognise Your Potential' 18th Sept

The Women's Organisation invite Liverpool women to 'Recognise Your Potential' at our free half day taster course.

• Would you like to feel more confident about yourself?

• Do you want to know what skills you have that could help shape your future?

• Would you like to find out more about setting up your own business, grants and support?

Come and ‘Recognise Your Potential’ with The Women’s Organisation

AT: Dovedale Children Centre, Herondale Road, Liverpool, L18 1JX.

ON: Tuesday 18th September (1-3pm)

Limited crèche places available to support women attending the session.

For more details, to check your eligibility and to book on contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Women in Business 'Finance for Growth' Event 21st Sept

The Women's Organisation, MSIF and Natwest invite you to join our master class event: 'Women in Business - Finance for Growth' Paving the path for financial success.

On: Friday 21st September 1pm-5pm

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

If you have been trading 12 months+ and are looking to grow this event is for you

• Hear from successful business women on how they raised finance for growth

• Hear from MSIF, NatWest & Liverpool Vision on the funding & support available

• Look at the wider picture of the economy and how this impacts on business finance

• Be inspired with ideas for your own business development

The event will include a welcome from The Women's Organisation's CEO Maggie O'Carroll and talks from key influencial women including: Sharon Hilditch MBE Owner of international brand Crystal Clear, Jo Copoc local successful female entrepreneur and Director of Boomerang Business Solutions, MP for Liverpool and Wavertree Luciana Berger, Maria Fraughan from Natwest, Chris Walters of Merseyside Special Ivestment Fund (MSIF) and Lisa Ashby from Liverpool Vision. Read more about our amazing panel of speakers for this event here.

To receive a free place we would expect you to meet the criteria laid out above and for your business to be in a position where you are ready to look at possible loan financing for growth. Contact us now to check your eligibility for a FREE ticket for this event via or 0151 706 8111.

The Women's Organisation Join "Empowering Entrepreneurial Success" Conference Galway

This month The Women's Organisation will be representing the UK at an international conference in Galway looking at 'SUPPORTING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS - “EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS”'.

Chief Finance and Operating Officer for The Women's Organisation Helen Millne will join a panel of esteemed colleagues from across Europe to look at the issues facing female entrepreneurs and how organisations can support women to build their business success.

The free conference will take place on 14th September at Salthill Hotel, Galway 1.15pm – 4.30pm and will comprise two elements:

- Mentoring Clinic where one to one meetings will happen between female entrepreneurs (who have previously registered) and a panel of expert mentors

- Free Seminar with speakers from Finland, Sweden, UK and the European Commission all of whom will address topics of interest to female entrepreneurs.

The event will begin with an address by Colette Twomey, Clonakilty Black Pudding - an award winning female entrepreneur who will share her experiences, challenges and give advice on setting up and growing a business.

Her key-note address will be followed by the panel of European speakers who will address four topics of special interest to female entrepreneurs:

ACCESS TO FINANCE - Access to finance is a major stumbling block for women. Many women often don’t have sufficient collateral or their business doesn’t conform to traditional models or sectors that are favoured by lenders. This discussion will look at the different financial programmes that are ‘women-friendly’ in the EU.

LEADERSHIP AND TRAINING - The RIGHT education matters: despite the high levels of educational attainment of women in the EU, a World Bank Study identifies a lack of management training as a key barrier to women start-ups. Leading in decision-making: women in decision-making roles and on boards…what are the barriers facing women in getting to the top?

NETWORKING - Women are great networkers, have inherent skills for negotiating, and the ability to multi-task. This discussion will explore networking as a facilitator to business development and why women don’t always apply their networking skills to their start-up business.

WOMEN ENTERPRISE DIFFERENTLY THAN MEN - The pre-start-up phase is typically characterized by a flood of questions about what exactly it takes to make it in business. Are there different answers to these questions for men versus women? Are women’s values an untapped pool for business set-up and growth?

TO REGISTER TO ATTEND, CONTACT BRONAGH SHARPE or phone 091 563 536. To view the event programme click here.