March is always an important month in The Women’s Organisation’s calendar with ‘International Women’s Day’ celebrations, and this year was no different. The Women’sOrganisation Business Club joined together with the University of Liverpool Management School to put together a special celebration of Women in Business to mark the occasion.The event which was held on 14th March at The Women’s Organisation’s £5.3m conference centre at 54 St James Street offered a wealth of tips from the expert panel as well as the personal touch as each shared their own experiences on the road to business success.
The evening was hosted by Lady Newby (pictured left), Ambassador for the University of Liverpool, and a champion of women. Lady Newby welcomed the women attending, who were a mixture of University alumni and local women in business, and talked about the University’s hopes to continue to build links with women in business moving forward.Masterchef the Professionals winner and owner of Oxton based Riverhill Hotel’s restaurant Claire Lara was the first guest. Interviewed by Bernie Cox from The Women’s Organisation, Claire welled up as she shared how her mother had always been her inspiration. She admitted that self-employment is not an easy option, but being a self-employed mum it means that she can involve her son in her day to day duties. She said that getting the right team makes all the difference to the smooth running of a business.
Jenny Radcliffe (left), local woman in business and graduate from the University, got the women on their feet to demonstrate the art of a good handshake, and how to observe body language signals and micro-facial expressions. As one of the few international experts in her field Jenny shared how important it is to know the value of your knowledge and to price your services accordingly.
Victoria Brown (pictured below right) from High Performance Consultancy, also a university graduate, talked about her journey from starting her first business aged 17! She spoke of how she came back to The Women’s Organisation (then Train 2000) a few times for advice as her business ideas changed and she learned new lessons.
The women were given the opportunity to network to discuss the inspiring talks and then to fire their questions at the panel to close. The response to the event was fantastic, below are just a few of the lovely comments left:
“Fabulous event from start to finish! Great variety of speakers and great venue.”
“This was my first event here, but won't be my last. It was so well organised, inspiring and I've met some incredible people. Thank you so much for putting on such an amazing evening.”
“What Claire had to say about confidence and inspiration from her mum had resonance for me.”
“Really interesting, the best networking event I have been to so far!”
“Great speakers and good connection with the university. More of the same please!”
“Very interesting evening and so enjoyable! Jenny and Victoria were inspiring speakers. Thank you”
“Each session added value. Jenny produced energy, Victoria produced enthusiasm, Claire provided inspiration and the team were excellent! Thank you.”
If you are a local woman running her own business who could benefit from networking opportunities and hearing from inspirational women then please contact The Women’s Organisation to find out about joining our business club. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of our next networking evening and online booking can be found here: http://sellingyourwaytosuccessbusinessclub.eventbrite.com/