Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week - More Events for Women!

Global Entrepreneurship Week will take place 12th-18th November. The theme this year is 'Pass it On' so The Women's Organisation and women who have come through our programme will be sharing their expertise with budding female entrepreneurs. At our new home 54 St James Street we have a full range of master classes running which you may have seen in our earlier blog post. If you missed it click here to view and book.

In addition to our main programme we are holding fringe events across Merseyside to offer extra support to women. Below are the details of these events. Please join us!

Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th November – ‘Planning for Success’ – Held at The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB 9.30am-4pm. Open to women with a clear business idea this 2 day course covers all the basics of business planning, helping you to gain the skills to build a business plan and cashflow forecast and understand marketing strategy. BOOKING ESSENTIAL via 0151 706 8111 or

Tuesday 13th November – GEW Knowsley Day Drop In – Come along to our coffee morning in Costa Coffee Huyton between 10am & 11.30am.  Meet an adviser to chat about your business idea  Find out about funding for setting up a business  Understand what FREE support is available to women in Merseyside No need to book, just drop in. For more information contact 0151 706 8111 or

Wednesday 14th November – Women’s Enterprise Day Drop In – Come along to our coffee morning in LEAF café Bold Street between 10am & 12.30pm.  Meet an adviser to chat about your business idea  Find out about funding for setting up a business  Understand what FREE support is available to women in Merseyside No need to book, just drop in. For more information contact 0151 706 8111 or

Wednesday 14th November – ‘Become a More Confident You’ – This positive one day course For women looking to build their confidence, assertiveness skills, develop a positive mindset and start action planning for their future. Held at The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB 10.00-3.00pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL via 0151 706 8111 or

Wednesday 28th November - ‘Understanding Tax & National Insurance’ for Ltd Companies – Informative session with HMRC on Tax and National Insurance contributions for self-employment. Held at The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB 10.00-1.00pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL via 0151 706 8111 or

Social Media Ain't Scary!

Are you considering using social media for your business? Sometimes knowing where to start when it comes to deciding which sites to spend your efforts on can drive us to want to scream into a pillow! Taking a moment to step back, reflect and research can make the difference between wasting time and making a splash on Social Media.

Here are some simple steps from our own Jo Austin Marketing that can take the scare out of social media planning:

* REFLECT - Take a moment to remember who you are as a business. What is your mission statement? What are you hoping to achieve? Who is your customer? Taking time to remember this helps inform any marketing strategy, including social media.

* RESEARCH - Do some Google research to find stats on the social sites you are considering using. Does their user profile match your customer profile? What are your competitors doing? How can you learn from that?

* PLAN - Build a plan before embarking on social media marketing. What are you going to talk about? How often are you going to update it? What KPI's (Key Performance Indicators) can you measure success against?

* ENGAGE - Have a go! You can only learn from trial and error. Remember that the key to engagement on social media is to listen and respond. Have conversations rather than sell sell sell at people. Promote your products, but also give expertise and advice giving people a reason to engage with you before they are sold on what you are selling.

If you are a woman setting up a business in the Merseyside area you can book a FREE place on our 'Promoting Your Business Online' course to look at social media strategy, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Monday 5th November 10am-1pm The Women's Organisation, 54 St James Street, L1 0AB

Monday 3rd December 10am-1pm The Women's Organisation, 54 St James Street, L1 0AB

Call now to book on 0151 706 8111 or email

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

First Woman Winner for 20 Years of John Moores Painting Prize

The Women's Organisation were delighted to learn that a woman had finally won the John Moores Painting prize! Sarah Pickstone from Manchester is the first woman to win the Prize in more than 20 years. The John Moores is the UK's most prestigious painting competition, awarding £25,000 as its first prize and has been won by the likes of David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake (junior prize) and Mary Martin. More information about the John Moores Painting Prize can be found here.

An exhibition showing her work runs until 6th Jan, but this weekend The Walker Art Gallery are hosting a weekend of talks, debates and workshops on the subject of painting.

A free 'In Conversation' event with Sarah and Director of Art Galleries, Sandra Penketh, will be held from 6-7.30 on Fri 2nd November at Walker Art Gallery. To reserve a free place call 0151 478 4199.

The Women's Organisation & JobCentrePlus Offer 'Drop in Advice' in Kirkby

The Women’s Organisation and Jobcentre Plus will be working with Kirkby Children’s Centres running CONFIDENTIAL & INFORMAL Advice sessions once a month.

Do you need support with:-

►Finding out about Self Employment

►Finding the latest Jobs

►Putting together a CV

►Benefits Advice

►Information about training courses

►Setting up a business & grants

Pop along on the following dates if you would like to speak to experienced advisers who can help you into work, training or self-employment

►Wednesday 31st October 2012

►Wednesday 28th November 2012

Call in to see us at:-

►The Ark Children’s Centre (Ebony Way, Tower Hill) 9:15am-10:15am

►Pride Children’s Centre (Simonswood Lane, Northwood) 11am-12pm

►Eden Children’s Centre (Melverley Rd, Westvale) 1:15pm-2:15pm

►Northwood Children’s Centre (Roughwood Drive) 2:30pm-3:30pm

Sefton Women Gather Top Ebay Tips

Today women from Sefton gathered together at the L30 Community Centre in the heart of Netherton to gather tips and trick on 'Buying & Selling on Ebay'.

Each of the 10 women had different experiences of the site, from one who had never ever looked at eBay and found it terrifying, to women who had dabbled at buying and selling, but wanted to learn how to be more effective when using the website.

The FREE half day interactive workshop stepped the women through:

 How to get a bargain when buying on eBay

 How to ensure security when trading online

 How to use Paypal

 How to list items for sale on eBay and get the best prices for your items

 Understanding postage costs and fees involved in selling

Each of the women who attended left with more confidence to have a go at trading online. Some of the feedback coments were:

"Very well presented, brilliant tutor"

"Clear description, patient presenter"

"Good handouts to double check at a later date"

"Really helpful, useful and practical workshop"

"The information I picked up today covered all the things that I was worried about and that were preventing me for going for it trading on eBay. I am delighted!"

If you are a woman in Merseyside who would like to gather handy hints on eBay, as well as information on how you could use eBay to start a small business from home then we have one more course available from our Liverpool offices at 54 St James Street, L1 0AB.

ON: Monday 26th November 12.30pm-3.30pm

Check your eligibility and book now via 0151 706 8111 or

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Party in Aid of Domestic Violence Charity

Lucy Brady of 'High Performance Consultancy' based at 54 St James Street is raising money to support women who are victims of domestic violence. To put the 'fun' into fund raising Lucy is promoting a 'Halloween Party' in aid of this worthy cause.

ON: Friday 26th October 7.30pm until late

AT: The Blenheim Hotel, Sefton Park

In aid of ‘THE WORST KEPT SECRET’ supporting victims of domestic violence. All proceeds raised will go to this Charity.

Tickets are just £10 which includes a buffet, disco, entertainment, raffle and a prize for best dressed. Contact if you are interested.

About the Charity –The Worst Kept Secret Every year thousands of people across Merseyside are living in fear of domestic violence. With many not knowing who to turn to for help – they feel isolated, alone and desperate. During the period November 2011 – May 2012, 7 murders attributable to domestic violence occurred on Merseyside! The Worst Kept Secret offers a confidential helpline, callers are supported in many ways and advice is given to help with safety, protection and legal issues. Emergency assistance with refuge accommodation and support is also available. This is a lifeline to many – Let’s help change these fearful facts and statistics by supporting this amazing charity who rely solely upon donations through fundraising. Confidential helpline 0800 028 3398

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Women's Organisation Team with Downtown Liverpool to Celebrate Women in Business

The Women’s Organisation has teamed up with Downtown Liverpool in Business to focus on successful female entrepreneurs and business owners from across Merseyside at a special event next year.

The inaugural Women in Business awards will be hosted on Friday 8th March 2013 at the Hilton Hotel.

This gala lunch event will reward female entrepreneurs, business owners and decision makers from across the city region.


Best New Start up: The winner will be a female led business that has been established for no more than three years, and has demonstrated the ability to not only survive but thrive since setting up.

Environmental & Sustainability award: Which female led business has made the most positive contribution to promoting the Green agenda?

Professional of the Year: Which woman has impressed you most from the Liverpool city region’s professional service community? Nominees should work in sectors such as legal, finance, and business support and advice.

Best Marketer Award: Who has been the most creative and effective ‘spin doctor’ during the past twelve months, producing sales winning marketing campaigns for their clients?

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Please nominate an individual who is under the age of 35 and has driven her business forward with outstanding entrepreneurial flair.

A Decade of excellence in Business: Which female business owner has impressed you most in establishing and maintaining a successful business for a decade or more?

Female Leader: Who from the private or public sector has done most to promote and positively influence the women in business agenda in 2012?

Award for Outstanding Leadership & Management: Which business owner/manager or mentor has inspired her team or customers most during the past year?

Business of the Year: The winner will be a female owned business that has enjoyed significant growth in 2012.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Nominate the woman who you believe has been the outstanding female entrepreneur this year.

To nominate a worthy woman follow this link.

Tickets for this event will go on sale VERY SOON so watch this space!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Women’s Business Council SME Roundtable Event Manchester

There is opportunity for business women in Stockport & Greater Manchester to attend a Women’s Business Council roundtable on the key challenges SMEs face in implementing flexible working, and to provide further details. The Women’s Business Council, chaired by Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, is a one year initiative sponsored by the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Rt Hon Maria Miller MP. The WBC has been charged with making recommendations to optimise women’s contribution to business and the economy. Enterprise is a key theme that runs across the three lifecycle phases of the council’s work programme.

The roundtable discussion has been formulated to ensure discussion focuses on practical solutions so that the council can make recommendations that will really make a difference. We’ll be considering:

• Identifying barriers to flexible working and increasing availability through cultural change;

• Reducing the impact of Career Breaks on career progression - before, during and after maternity leave;

• Improving employers understanding of what helps women move up the pipeline.

The workshop will be held from 9.30-11.30am on Friday 19th October at Timpson House, Claverton Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 9TT. A location map can be found here.

Please note that light refreshments will be available throughout the meeting.

If you are interested in attending please contact Phillip Martin on 0207 035 8552.

Friday, October 12, 2012

'Women's Voices Should be Heard and Heeded'

NAWO Connecting Women invites to you a unique event entitled: 'Women's Voices should be heard and heeded'.

Date: Tuesday 30th October 2012

Venue: Liverpool Baha'i Centre, 3 Langdale Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, L15 3LA

Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm

Speakers include:

- Zarin Hainsworth (NAWO trustee)

- Dr Sylvia Forchap Likambi (Founder and CEO of Voice of Nations)

- Maggie O'Carroll (CEO, The Women’s Organisation, Liverpool)

- Jackie Murphy (Head of the Liverpool branch of Platform 51 )

The event focuses on developing a new system that will bring women’s voices to government.

This is increasingly important since the dissolution of the Women’s National Commission (WNC) in 2010, an independent body that took brought women and their organisations together, took note of women’s views and advised government accordingly.

Discussion topics will be ‘gender architecture’ focused, i.e. discussing issues that women on Mersyside currently face and deal with and how organisa-tions are able to best aid them and lobby for changes to meet their needs.

The event will consider the design and development of new ideas that could fill the now vacant WNC role, in reaching local and central government for policy change and implementation.

Light lunch and refreshments served.

Places are available on a ‘first come first served’ basis so please contact Vicki on or call 0207 324 3045 to book a place.

Global Entrepreneurship Week with The Women's Organisation

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of enterprising people and projects across the world. Running for a week starting on Monday 12th November there will be a plethora of events availble to those interested in finding out more about business. The theme this year is ‘Pass it On’ so at The Women's Organisation we have a whole host of successful entrepreneurs passing on their wisdom to budding women in business.

Here is the programme of events we are holding at The Women's International Centre for Economic Development, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Monday 12th November – Big Business Ideas Day

9.30am - 12.30pm: If you are a woman who wants to find out more about self-employment, drop in to our coffee morning at D & N café at 54 St James Street. You will be able to draw inspiration from our women in business video stories, chat to our team about support and funding available to you and enjoy a coffee on us.

Tuesday 13th November – Firm Foundations for Your Business

10.00am - 12.30pm: ‘Excel Tips & Templates for Business’ Master class with Traci of Excel Ace showing you how simple excel can support your business with sales, marketing and finances. Book here.

13.00pm - 15.00pm: ‘Authenticity Sells’ Master class with ‘Confidence Within – Authentic Confidence for Women’ author and coach Anne McGhee looking at how to effectively communicate and have an authentic approach to selling your business. Book here.

Wednesday 14th November – Women’s Enterprise Day

18.00pm - 20.30pm: Women’s Enterprise Event. Join us for a networking event and celebration for women in business with input from successful female entrepreneurs.

Thursday 15th November – Business Growth Day

10.00am - 12.30pm: ‘Turning Your Business into a Franchisable Model’ Master class with serial entrepreneur, mentor and franchise expert Jacklyn Grimes. Book here.

13.00pm - 15.00pm: ‘Bid Your Way to Business Growth’ Master class with trainer & consultant Gemma Hoare on successful tendering and bid writing. Book here.

As well as these events held at our head office we will be running drop in sessions across Merseyside, so keep you eye on our blog, facebook and twitter for more details.

To find out how to get involved with The Women’s Organisation and these events follow @TheWomensOrg & @GEWUK on Twitter Or contact us on 0151 706 8111 or email

It's Liverpool - The Business Conference

The second annual ‘It’s Liverpool – The Business Conference’ will be hosted by Downtown Liverpool, in association with Liverpool Vision, on Friday 30th November at the Hilton Hotel and The Women's Organisation are delighted to be a part of it. CEO Maggie O'Carroll will be joining a panel of interesting speakers to look at the future of business growth and regeneration.

How can Liverpool maintain momentum? What challenges will businesses face in the next decade and how can they be overcome? What are the opportunities of the future? These questions and others will be explored during a fascinating day with a range of leading entrepreneurs, business leaders and decision makers. There will also be an exclusive preview of the UK International Business Festival, to be hosted in the city in 2014, with a presentation from Mayor Anderson and Liverpool Vision Chief Executive Max Steinberg.

The Event will feature:

Andrew Rosenfeld Co-founder and chairman of FTSE 250 property investment company Minerva Plc, which became valued at £600million. He was one of the first entrepreneurs to predict the collapse of the UK real estate market in 2007. Included in the Sunday Times Rich List, with an estimated net worth of £100million, Andrew led the NSPCC’s Full Stop campaign which raised over £250million. He now runs property firm Air Capital and he is an adviser to Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Andy Bounds Awarded the title Britain’s Best Sales Trainer of the Year and described by AstraZeneca’s Communications Director as “a genius who can’t be ignored”, Andy is an inspirational communicator , and author of bestselling book ‘The Jelly Effect: How to Make your Communication Stick’.

Mayor Joe Anderson Leader of Liverpool City Council since 2009, Joe became the city’s first elected mayor in May, following his successful negotiation with central government for ‘City Deal.’ He has also successfully spearheaded campaigns to get a cruise liner terminal in the city; brought the Global Entrepreneurship Congress to Liverpool in March 2012; and the hosting of the International Business Festival in 2014.

Phil Redmond Liverpool’s culture guru, who led the city’s successful European Capital of Culture events programme in 2008. Creator of several popular television series, including Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks, Phil chairs the UK city of culture independent advisory panel, and he is chairman of the board at National Museums, Liverpool.

Tim Bacon Managing Director of Living Ventures, the Australian made his name with the Living Room chain, which he sold in 2007 for what he called “silly money”. He’s now behind Living Ventures, which established Manchester restaurants The Alchemist and Australasia, and is also the operator of the Gusto and Blackhouse brands.

Luciana Berger The Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree and the shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change. Luciana is tipped as a cert for a cabinet place in the next Labour government.

Max Steinberg Chief Executive of Liverpool’s economic development and inward investment agency Liverpool Vision.

Frank McKenna Chief Executive of Liverpool’s premier business organisation, Downtown in Business, which he established in the city in 2004. He has now taken the Downtown brand to Lancashire, Manchester and Leeds.

Maggie O'Carroll Chief Executive of the Women’s Organisation, she has led its progress as an award winning women’s economic development agency since its inception in 1996. Maggie is a leader in the field of women’s enterprise and a key contributor to the women’s policy agenda. She won the ‘Woman of the Year’ Livercool award in 2011.

John Leach The Managing Director of leading business support agency Winning pitch, author of several books on business growth and an inspirational speaker.

Michael Taylor The Chairman of Downtown Manchester in Business, a journalist and a broadcaster. Michael was formerly the editor of leading business magazine ‘Insider’.

If you are interested in attending this event your can BOOK ONLINE HERE.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halewood Drop in for Business Advice for Women

The Women's Organisation invite women from Knowsley and the surrounding areas to our 'Halewood Drop In Session'.

Did you know that The Women's Organisation have £200 available for women setting up a new business, along with advice, training and support?

Come and meet our staff for a cuppa and an informal chat on the FREE support The Women’s Organisation can offer new businesses at our DROP IN SESSION.

AT: Community Café

Mackets Education Centre

Arncliffe Road


L25 9PB

ON: Wednesday 17th October

9.30am - 12.00pm

If you are unable to make that session, but would like more information about The Women’s Organisation, please visit or call 0151 706 8111.

Being Bold in Business with Business Club

This month with The Women’s Organisation Business Club:

‘Being Bold in Business’

Held on: Wednesday 17th October 6pm-8.30pm

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

We are going to ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ with this interesting networking event that includes:

Talks from:

Jackie O’Carroll of ‘Room of Possibilities’ will coach us on how to do a successful 60 second pitch – an essential selling tool whether it be for networking or pitching at a business meeting. Looking particularly at:

- Looking the part – Presentation, Posture and Prompts

- Knowing your message and making it clear

- How do I want them to feel?

- How to make a connection

- Being authentic! - Leaving them with food for thought

Bernie Cox training manager at The Women’s Organisation and NLP practitioner will be offering tips on using NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques for bold and confident sales techniques looking particularly at:

- Preferred Sensory Styles: which are you and which is your customer

- Listening to learn: picking up on signals

- NLP Sales language

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 To join or book contact 0151 706 8111 or or if you are already a member just book directly online via eventbrite.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Knowsley Woman Joy Turns Business Idea into an Award Winning Venture

KHT resident Joy Lorenz remembers wanting to run her own business since as early as being 12-13 years old.

She said “My family knew a well-respected business owner who always had a great presence and respect from everyone. He also owned a Jaguar XJS, one of my favourite cars! I thought to myself, if I want respect and an XJS I need to own my own business…..I’m just now waiting for my XJS!”

Having turned her idea into a reality establishing her business Black Frost in 2010 Joy’s hard work has paid off having been selected as ‘Green Champion of the Year’ at the KHT (Knowsley Housing Trust) Awards 2012. Joy was delighted that her business was chosen for this recognition saying:

“Winning of the Green Champion award for the KHT Community awards I think will have to be the best achievement so far. This has been a personal goal which was reached and it makes you feel proud! It’s nice to be appreciated and recognised for your hard work.”

Joy reflected on her journey to getting where she is now.

“Back at the beginning I had a firm idea about turning my hobby into a business with designing hand crafted custom made cards, invites and party extras. I knew my idea well but didn’t know how to launch Black Frost. I saw an advert for The Women’s Organisation saying how they could offer free advice to women to help set up their businesses, so rang for an appointment and the rest they say is history. The Woman’s Organisation offered help with putting together a business plan, funding and free courses for Book Keeping, Marketing, PR and Time Management amongst others. Having an adviser at the end of the phone when you need one got me out of some sticky situations at the start of Black Frost. This was invaluable help. After receiving their help towards a business plan and funding I was able to launch and was so excited when the business was registered on the first day of trading. I felt so proud, and still do, as this was a life goal.”

Joy is aware of the additional achievement of navigating her way to business success through a tough economic climate. “You can hear horror stories about the recession which can cause worry, but I can say that’s not the case with Black Frost and I am grateful for that.”

Black Frost’s recent developments are what flagged up Joy as a Green Champion.

“The business has grown from just designing hand crafted custom cards, gifts, invites and party extras to the change in direction in October 2011 to the upcycling craft sessions” she explained. “Since supplying the craft sessions the business has grown into many different sectors and it is becoming a well-respected company throughout Merseyside. It’s really interesting to deal with people from all backgrounds and ages.”

As well as running her own business Joy has a lot to juggle supporting her 2 children, a 19 year old Daughter who has just started university and a 14 year old Son with Autism.

“My Son has always needed extra support for his Autism and the extra support he needs has always been a challenge combined with the running of a business. You could be having a very positive day in the business and can all change at the last minute with issues with Autism, or vice versa. It can be quite emotionally draining. It’s at these times you must find the positive to keep your head straight and keep your eye firmly on your end goal and the reasons why you want the business. It has been a great character builder and it’s a good job I like a challenge!”

Despite everything she has to juggle, Joy wouldn’t swap her business for anything.

“The daily challenge of running my own business I love, not having to answer to a boss! If I mess up it’s my mistake but if I get it right it’s my progress” she said. “The opportunities and personal growth you experience running your own business is something you cannot experience until you take the plunge and run your own business.”

To find out more about Joy’s up-cycling business Black Frost visit or connect with Joy on Twitter as @blackfrostcards.

If you are a woman living in the Knowsley area, you too can receive support to set up your own business through The Women’s Organisation in partnership with KHT. To find out more contact The Women’s Organisation on or 0151 706 8111.

Get Involved with The De-Stress Show

The brand new De-Stress Show (a business supported by The Women's Organisation) will take place on Friday 9th November at the Village Hotel Liverpool.

The De-Stress Seminar will give attendees all the information they need to make a start in tackling stress in the workplace. With speakers from acas, The Stress Management Society and LJMU the event will look at:

• The costs of stress to UK businesses

• The legal implications for employers

• The role of the Line Manager

• The effects of stress on a workforce

• The impact of stress on productivity

• The benefits of tackling stress

• Ways to address workplace stress

Event organisers are inviting you to get involved either:
• If you are a therapist/practitioner who want to promote your services at the event

• If the topic is of interest to you and you would like to attend as a delegate.

For more details please visit and to register please visit