Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Job Vacancies with The Women's Organisation

Enterprise Enablers and Business Growth Facilitators

£ 27,000 – £33,000 per annum (depending on experience and role offered). Associate arrangements also welcome

The Women’s Organisation is an innovative, social enterprise that provides quality enterprise and employment services and influences policy in order to improve the economic position of women.

We are pleased to be expanding our team and are seeking to recruit experienced Enterprise Enablers and Business Growth Facilitators to support the high quality delivery of women’s economic development services through the Merseyside and Greater Manchester areas.

If you are experienced in supporting the start-up of new enterprises or the growth of ambitious existing businesses; in private or social enterprise sectors and would like to work with an award winning women’s economic development organisation please contact go to for an application pack (if you can't see it yet check back over the next few days).

Completed application should be returned FAO Lisa Sayonas, The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, 31st January 2013. Interviews for short listed applicants will be held week commencing 18th February 2013.

The Women’s Organisation is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly disabled women and women from black and minority ethnic communities.

This post is part funded by ESF/ERDF.

Have You Tried @JellyLiverpool?

Join @JellyLiverpool for a day of co-working

Liverpool’s co-working event is targeted at Freelancers & home workers.

**** 17th January 2013 ****

Come along and join the event upstairs @ Leaf Tea Shop

Bring your laptop & some work, Catch up with familiar faces & meet new ones

As always Jelly is open between 9am & 5pm … but you can pop in for any length of time!

It’s Free …… Free wifi, Free deskspace, Free coffee

Monday, January 14, 2013

Women in Business Awards Voting Open!

Downtown Liverpool in Business have teamed together with The Women's Organisation for 'Women in Business Awards 2013'. The inaugural Women in Business awards will be hosted on International Women's Day which is Friday 8th March 2013 at the Hilton Hotel.

The nominations came in thick and fast towards the end of last year and have now been narrowed down and you can vote for your winner online here. The shortlisted women and their businesses are:

Best New Start up

The Pink Plasterer

Laura’s Little Bakery

Sleep In Rollers

All Things Vintage

Little Atom Productions

Black Frost

Professional of the Year

Anna-Louise Gilhooley - Rejuvenate

Hilene Henry – Wilson Henry LLP

Maria Fraughan – Natwest

Helen Rehm & Emma McConlough – RMC Accountancy

Denise Walker – Brabners Chaffe Street

Lucy Brady – High Performance Consultancy

Best Marketer Award

Anna Heyes – Active Profile

Geniene Reese – Prominent Profile

Carolyn Hughes - CHPR

mma Parker Goff – Artemis Media Profile

Emma Dolan – Your Business Ezine

Denise Harris – SK Events

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Ellie Phillips – Liverpool Music Awards

Kayleigh Baccino & Talia Baccino - Trendyvend

Jen Corrigan – Fierce Management

Natalie Haywood – LEAF

Emma Hill – His & Hers Magazine

Victoria Brown – High Performance Consultancy

A Decade of excellence in Business

Mary Austin – After Thought

Janet Wiggings – Aigburth Psysio

Karen Caffrey – Home Carers

Maura O’Donnell – Vita Flow

Sharon Hilditch – Crystal Clear

Female Leader

Elaine Bowker – Liverpool Community College

Elaine Clarke – Baa Bar

Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson – Just For People

Jane Kennedy – Merseyside Police Commissioner

Bernie Cuthel – Liverpool Community Health

Award for Outstanding Leadership & Management

Catherine Beardshaw – Aintree University Hospital Trust

Claire McColgan – Culture Liverpool

Karen Caffrey – Home Carers

Claire Dunne - Archive Solutions

Stephanie Cannell- Corcoran - Indigo Hotel

Nicola Woods – Urban Calm

Lesley Douglas – Lime Pictures

Social Enterprise of the Year

Writing on the Wall

Social Enterprise North West

Proud of Liverpool

Merseyside Dance Initiative

South Liverpool CAB

Business of the Year

SK Events

Crystal Clear

Home Carers

Baa Bar

High Performance Consultancy

Entrepreneur of the Year

Maura O’Donnell – Vitaflo International

Elaine Cunningham – Elaine Cunningham Interiors

Sandra Kirkham – NVQ Training & Consultancy Services

Jacklyn Grimes – Sterling Care & Support, Green Frog Consultancy

Candice Fonseca – Deli Fonseca

Property Professional of the Year

Fiona Barnet – Your Move Magazine

Chrissi McCarthy – Constructing Equality

Maggi Howard – Liverpool Mutual Homes

Collette Morton & Collette Darcy – Property Collateral

Helen Griffin Booth – Blue Row Properties

If you are on the shortlist, start spreading the word and getting your friends, family and colleagues to vote!

If you would like to attend the event bookings are open online.

Employment & Skills Fair for 16-24 year olds

The Women's Organisation are joining with First Ark and other partners from across Knowsley to offer a unique access to employment event for local young people.

The event held on Tuesday 22nd January at Huyton Civic Suite will offer up to 200 jobs, apprenticeships, education and training opportunities for 16-24 year olds.

The Women's Organisation will have a stand at the event for any young women who are considering the route of self-employment.

For more information or to book a place please call KCC on 0151 477 5757. You can also follow #KnowsleyJobs on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

News From Nowhere Seek Like Minded Organisation for Office Rental on Bold Street

A Unique opportunity has arison for an organisation to take up an office for rent above News from Nowhere Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, L1 4HY.

This large office space would be ideal for community/cultural organisation or social enterprise who would benefit from having a reasonably priced city central location.

Ideally the tenant would be an organisation who would complement the current organisations housed in the same building such as Nerve Magazine, The Methodist Bread Church, Liverpool Pride, Liverpool Social Centre, Philosophy in Pubs and News From Nowhere.

• Rent: £388.24 per calendar month (excluding Council Tax and bills)

• Office space is large so could possibly be shared between two (or more) organisations

• Self-contained space

• Building secure and accessible 24 hours a day

• Use of small kitchen area (kettle, microwave, etc)

• Shared toilets

• Lift available for disabled access (only)

• Other organisations in the building include Nerve Magazine, The Methodist Bread Church, Liverpool Pride, Liverpool Social Centre and Philosophy in Pubs!

• Great city centre location on a vibrant street.

INTERESTED? Get in touch and speak to Sal via Telephone: 0151 708 7270 Monday – Saturday 10am-5.45pm or Email:

Redundancy Support Garston Co-op Staff

Need any information, advice or support in relation to redundancy payments, accessing Job Seekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit? Worried about how you are going to manage any debt you may have?

South Liverpool Citizens Advice Bureau (Garston Site)

Based in Garston Community House, 2 Speke Road L19 2PA

For January and February 2013 a dedicated adviser will be available to advise all Garston Co-op staff in relation to any questions or queries you may have.

Please call on 0151 427 5304 and ask for Garston Co-Op services.

Encouraging Community Arts Engagement is a Family Affair for Kathryn & Sarah

Running an art focussed business together had been a lifelong dream for Sefton residents Kathryn Wilson and Sarah McLaughlin.

They said “Being closely related, Aunty and Niece, we both have a long running passion for the arts and have dreamt about running this business together since the age of about ten! We felt there was a need for a service run by professional artists, which both the community and organisations can access. We wanted to provide preventative, educational and therapeutic services which would be available to vulnerable adults, children and young people.”

Kathryn is a practicing artist, last year she project managed painting a 48x16m high mural in Waterloo Marina near the Antony Gormley statues. She also gained a teaching qualification earlier this year, furthering her training expertise. More recently, Sarah had been voluntarily fundraising for a school in India and before becoming a full time mum in 2010 she was a support worker to young runaways, children in care and families in need of positive intervention.

Both have experience working in a rehabilitation centre in Liverpool as Art and craft tutors, in a one to one environment with ex addicts/offenders. Between them they realised they had the experience of both art and working with vulnerable communities in order to offer a top quality service that could make a difference. Having established their idea they knew they needed some help to turn an idea into a trading business.

“We talked at length with each other and our families then contacted The Women's Organisation and enrolled on a two day course,” they said. “This then led to being assigned a personal business advisor when we were ready. We felt extremely positive after the course and especially after each personal advisor session, as we were given excellent advice each time and set achievable goals, which we completed, moving the reality of owning our own company nearer each time.”

Besides both needing to juggle their responsibilities as a mum alongside their new business, they had to think their idea through carefully and make sure they had all bases covered. Cashflow and start-up finances were a big consideration: “We had very little finance to start-up, and not had much experience writing funding bids before. We are always learning and have been helped by the £200 start-up grant from The Women's Organisation, which has covered the cost of our CRB's and towards initial advertising. The adviser we were linked with at The Women’s Organisation specialises in Social Enterprises and gave us excellent guidance, which was tailored to what we wanted to achieve as a company.”

So far Kathryn and Sarah are enjoying being their own boss “We have more freedom and choice and enjoy the empowerment of being able to innovate and inspire future generations and families to communicate through positive creativity.”

Creative Balance CIC run educational, therapeutic and fun art workshops for all ages and abilities. Through creative workshops, individual support and events, their aim is to boost confidence, self-esteem and develop basic life skills. Creative Balance tailor make packages to suit individual needs and abilities and aim to make a positive difference through creative expression.

Things are going really well so far for the enterprising pair. “We are making a great start to our enterprise. The ‘Art Club’, for 3-12 year olds, has now been running for a month. The children don’t want to leave each week and the parents are signing up for more sessions. We have one primary school signed up to our ‘One to one’ support service, working with Looked After Care children. Also a local wrap around care provider in Merseyside contacted us after seeing us in a local newspaper to run workshops on their premises. We finished our first year of business on a very positive note with a well-attended 3hr Christmas workshop at Jets centre Waterloo. This year we are aiming to hold more workshops in the school holidays, anyone interested can keep an eye on our website for updates.”

Kathryn and Sarah are positive about their achievements so far and looking forward to seeing how this year will take them further forward. “We are optimistic the contacts and clients will increase as our reputation becomes more established. We feel very proud and positive in the steps that we have made in starting up the business, and are enjoying the process. We aim to expand on our achievements so far and look to establishing a bright future for service users of Creative Balance and ourselves!”

To find out more about the services on offer contact Kathryn and Sarah at or visit their website

And if like these inspirational women you have a burning ambition you would like help to realise then contact The Women’s Organisation for FREE advice and support on 0151 706 8111 or

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year - New Business? Drop in for Advice!

Are you a woman in Merseyside who is thinking of kick starting her 2013 by setting up a new business?

No matter how big or small your self-employed venture is The Women's Organisation can offer FREE support to new businesses including:
* Access to grants

* Help putting together a business plan

* Free business advice and guidance

* Free training
to help you understand tax, book keeping, promoting your business and building confidence for your venture

If you would like to find out more we would invite you to come and meet a member of our team at our various FREE 'Meet an Adviser' drop in events being held across the region this month. So far we have confirmed the following dates and venues:

City Centre – LEAF on Bold Street – (10am – 12.30pm) Wednesday 9th January

Liverpool - Childwall Library – (12pm – 3pm) Monday 14th January

Liverpool - Norris Green Library – (10am – 12pm) Wednesday 16th January

Lark Lane – Pistachio – (10am – 12.00pm) Tuesday 16th January

Maghull - CafĂ© Mocha – (10am - 1pm) Wednesday 16th January

Liverpool - Tesco Cafe Park Road (1pm – 3pm) Monday 21st January

Liverpool - Tesco Cafe Mather Avenue (1pm - 3pm) Tuesday 22 January

Liverpool - Tesco Cafe Old Swan (9:30 - 12pm) Tuesday 22nd January

Birkenhead – Aroma Coffee Shop – (10am – 1pm) Wednesday 23rd January

Formby - Freshfield’s Children’s Centre – (10am – 11.30am) Wednesday 23rd January

Southport - Ainsdale Library – (12.30pm - 2.30pm) Wednesday 23rd January

Halewood – Mackets Education Centre – (10am – 12.30pm) Thursday 24th January

If you can't make any of these events but would like to find out more, please call our team on 0151 706 8111 or drop an email to To keep in touch with our news and events please 'like' us on facebook and 'follow' us on Twitter as @TheWomensOrg.