Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Social Enterprise SPA Support for Merseyside #SocEnt

‘Social Enterprise SPA’

Revitalise Your Social Enterprise


SPA (Social Purpose in Action):

A tailored menu of solutions that link

business needs to operational strategies

·      Strength Based Inquiry - Diagnostic

·      Business Strategy - With a Difference!

·      Business Planning

·      Marketing Planning – Including Social Media Strategy

·      Organisational & Governance Review

·      Identification of Funding & Contract Opportunities

·      Support with Completing Funding Applications

·      Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

·      Quality Management

·      Social Impact Assessment

The Social Enterprise Spa is  FREE for:

Women led Social Enterprises based on Merseyside


To take advantage of this FREE support & for more info

Contact 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk  



Friday, April 26, 2013

50 Billion Shades of Feminism with @WowFest & @TheWomensOrg @54StJamesStreet


50 Billion Shades of Feminism
Writer and Guardian Journalist Bidisha hosts a discussion with leading domestic violence campaigners/writers, Liz Kelly (co-chair of End Violence Against Women EVAW) Rahila Gupta (writer and campaigning journalist) on the need for action and the challenges facing the movement as the One Billion Rising Campaign, which grew out of the outrage at the gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in India, ignites Women worldwide into action.

@54StJamesStreet Tenant of the Week: @AQP_Liverpool 'A Quiet Place'

Our brand new £5.3mil centre at 54 St James Street is home to a number of fantastic local businesses, so we have decided to hi-light a different one each week.

Our 'Tenant of the Week' today is 'A Quiet Place' owned and run by Penny Moon.

Penny Moon has been teaching different skills to different ages and at different levels for over 30 years.  Her skills and approach have a common denominator, which is personal development through a holistic approach.  Penny trained as a yoga teacher over 30 years ago and then became involved in Complementary Medicine, studying with various teachers across a range of therapies. Penny is a qualified Psycho/Hypno-therapist. 
Penny developed 'A Quiet Place®' within mainstream education in schools across the U.K. including the Channel Islands. This is now a nationally recognised programme with a very rigorous academic and qualitative evidence base, supporting children, families and staff. The model is called Educational Therapeutics™ which incorporates the techniques of N.L.P. Yoga, bodywork, relaxation, meditation, story telling and HeartMath. 

Penny has recently had her book published  “The Practical Well-Being Programme” (you may have seen us tweet our sneaky preview last week) and launched a franchise company.
For more information on our venue here at 54 St James Street and our meeting and conferencing facilities, contact our team via venue@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8100.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Build Your Business The Social Way: With @LiverpoolVision @54StJamesStreet

Liverpool Vision is starting a program of free workshops for people planning to start a business or in the early days of running a business who want to improve their business skills. The topics offered include Finance, Marketing, Using Social Media and Internationalising Your Business.

Ever wonders how Facebook or Twitter could be used to build your business? These and a range of other social networks and media techniques will be covered in a series of practical but fun workshops led by social media experts. The workshops commence on Wednesday 24th April at The Womens Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool from 4pm-6pm with Liverpool Vision. 

For more information or to book a place contact Ahmed Elmi at Liverpool Vision. E:


Join @54StJamesStreet & @SirenLiverpool for #LightNight

Friday 17 May 2013
4pm – Late
Liverpool city centre

LightNight unlocks the doors of our world-class museums, galleries and heritage sites until late, as the city is illuminated with an unforgettable trail of over 130 free events for all ages.

From 4pm on Friday 17th May visitors of all ages can follow their own vibrant trail of light projections, exhibitions, performances, talks, walks, tours, dance and much more. It’s the perfect chance to meet friends and family to enjoy the relaxed after-hours atmosphere and rediscover Liverpool city centre - it’s a Friday night out with a difference.

The Women's Organisation's home at 54 St James Street will be holding and art/craft/fashion '54 business exhibition' as part of the programme. Local businesses will be displaying their products from 6pm-8.30pm with tours of the building available for anyone interested in checking out the meeting, events and conferencing space, or just wanting to hear about the history of the build and enjoy the city views available from our fourth floor roof terraces.

As part of the 'In Other Words' festival Liverpool Women Writers will be reading their work in the informal and friendly surroundings of Siren at 54 St James Street. This performance starting at 6pm on Light Night will be followed by a fantastic Chinese Dance demonstration from China Pearl.

Not to be missed!

For more information about the different events happening across the city visit

Liverpool is Reclaiming the Night with @RTNLiverpool

On Friday 10th May 2013 from 7pm, Liverpool is Reclaiming the Night!  

Reclaim the Night Liverpool is a self-defining women-only march against sexual violence and for gender equality, campaigning for an end to violence against women, challenging street harassment and ending rape culture.

The meeting point for the march is outside the Town Hall at 7pm and will then lead up through town to Maryland Street, for a rally in John Moores Students’ Union. For the full march route you can click here.

The first ¾ of the march will be for women only, with the final part being open to anyone who wishes to take part. The ‘ally point’ (for those who are not self-defining women but who wish to march with us) will be at the Bombed Out Church – please arrive by 7:20pm.  

Once the march has ended there will be a rally in John Moores Students’ Union, with a broad range of speakers, poets and comedians, and all followed by a (feminist) disco!

The rally and disco is open to all but children must be supervised at all times!

There are two banner making sessions the first will take place 1st May at Liverpool Guild of Students building in 5 Abercromby Square and the second on 8th May in Liverpool SU Haigh Building. Check RTN Liverpool for more details.

There is a working group meeting on 24th April at 5pm in LEAF cafe, you're all more than welcome to come along to!

For more information:
Twitter: @RTNLiverpool
Email: rtn.liverpool@gmail.com

@54StJamesStreet Tenant of the Week: León & Coco

Our brand new £5.3mil centre at 54 St James Street is home to a number of fantastic local businesses, so we have decided to hi-light a different one each week.
Our 'Tenant of the Week' today is 'León and Coco' owned and run by Diana Heredia.
León+Coco was born out of several hobbies and interests of its founder Diana Heredia and the lack of imaginative gifts for the children of friends and family. After becoming a mum with León in 2005 she started making gifts like blankets, clothing items and accessories as presents. Until Coco was born in 2007 her fabric collection and skills had grown and most soft furnishings in León and Coco's nursery were made by mum. Four years later with Coco's school start the hobby started to grow into a small business dedicated to making unique products for children.
To find out more about Diana's business and to check out her fabulous products visit http://www.leonandcoco.com/

For more information on our venue here at 54 St James Street and our meeting and conferencing facilities, contact our team via venue@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8100.

Monday, April 15, 2013

#BusinessRoadshow Comes to Knowsley, Wirral, Liverpool & Sefton 29th Apr-3rd May

For one week only The Women’s Organisation and Start-Up Liverpool have joined forces to create a #BusinessRoadshow. This will take place 29th April – 3rd May and will be Merseyside wide.

The Roadshow is opportunity to get free advice around starting a business, and to find out about the funding on offer across Merseyside through The Women's Organisation, local Credit Unions and other organisations.
#BusinessRoadshow will be rolling in to:
Monday 29th April 2013 – Sefton

Southport Library, Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB, 9:30am – 11am

Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, L22 0LQ, 11:30am - 1pm

Costa Coffee Bootle, 221 Stanley Road, L20 1:30pm – 3pm

Tuesday 30th April 2013 – Knowsley

Huyton Library, Civic Way, L36 9GD, 9:30am – 11am

Kirkby Library, Newtown Gardens, L32 8RR, 11:30am – 1pm

Halewood Library, Roseheath Drive, L26 0TS, 1:30pm – 3pm

Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Liverpool

Riverside Credit Union, 17 Penketh Drive, L24 2WZ, 9:30am – 11am

Tesco Old Swan, St Oswalds Street, L13 2BY, 11:30am – 1pm

Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, L2 3SW, 2pm – 4pm

Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Wirral

West Kirby Library, The Concourse, CH48 4HX, 9:30am – 11am

Wallasey Central Library, Earlston Road, CH45 5DX, 11:30am – 1pm

Egerton House Birkenhead, 2 Tower Road, CH41 1FN, 1:30pm – 3pm

The Roadshow offers you the chance to come and speak directly to the people who can fund your business. You can also find out about the free support available, from free training to business advice.

If you’re a woman who has a hobby or an idea that you would like to turn into a business, come and see us at one of the venues above for a chat. We welcome all sizes and types of ideas so don’t miss out!

Follow #BusinessRoadShow on Twitter with @TheWomensOrg & @LpoolStartUp


Blogging for Business: Should I?

'Why blog when I can use other social media?' I hear you ask. Despite the general opinion that social media has taken over the online world, the blogosphere is still very much alive. Whilst sites such as Facebook and Twitter allow for instant information relay, blogs allow businesses the opportunity to be short and sharp, but with the crucial details included.

In a nut shell, micro-blogging sites like Twitter are limited by word count. Bigger social networking sites like Facebook will always be replaced by the next big thing, leaving the problem of regenerating contacts. However, your blog will stay constant and your readers will always know where to find you.  

Blogging isn’t as daunting as you may think. Look at it as the beginning of a conversation. They are a great way to generate traffic. Here’s some top tips for blogging:

  • Know your audience. Always write with your intended audience in mind. It’s important to understand what visitors will be expecting and the kinds of things they would be interested in.

  • Keep it short and snappy. Although blogs are generally informal, keep it to the point. Many online readers scan information, make it stand out.

  • Don’t post updates daily. Social media is tailored specifically for frequent updates, blogs allow for depth.

  • Mix it up. Keep it interesting. Blogging solely about your business will leave you struggling for things to write about and will generate less traffic. Blog about industry specific news, events and changes. Things that your audience will be interested in. Don’t just simply copy an article, read it and give your own take on the matter. Don’t waste your reader’s time, make it worthwhile. Some things you may wish to include are surveys, how-to’s, reviews and interviews.

  • Decide how much time you have. Don’t commit to post a blog daily if you do not have the time and the resources. Set yourself 1 or 2 blog posts a week and include a few extra if something happens in your industry that your readers may find interesting.

  • Don’t over complicate. Your blog acts as a voice for your company, so be sure that all posts originate from within. The person blogging is allowed to have a personality. Use simple language; pretend you’re speaking to a friend. Remember, blogs are the beginning of a conversation.

  • Use keywords. Search engines will love your blog if you repeatedly use words specific to your business. There’s nothing Google loves more than an active blog.

  • Encourage a response. Don’t be afraid of reactions. Engaging with your readers is the best way to gain their trust and maintain their interest. Don’t worry about negative comments. The reply feature gives you the opportunity to turn the negative into a positive.

  • Don’t be afraid. If you have a statement to make, make it. Causing debate isn’t a bad thing, within reason of course.

  • Have fun. In some respects, rules around structure go out the window when blogs are involved. Sentences can be as short as you like. Include pictures amongst the text to break it up. Use common phrases. It’s all about grabbing your reader’s attention and keeping it.

- Beckie Kinsella

Friday, April 12, 2013

Be Our 54,000th @54StJamesStreet Visitor!

We moved into our new £5.3mil international centre back in 2011 and soon filled our business incubation spaces with female led businesses and social enterprises. Since then we have enjoyed welcoming visitors to our stylish contemporary meeting, conferencing and training spaces, hosting events for Writing on the Wall Festival, Liverpool Sound City, Global Enterpreneurship Congress, an outside broadcast for BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour to name a few. More recently we launched the new cafe 'Siren@54StJamesStreet', opening our doors to even more visitors who can drop in to enjoy free wifi use while sampling their tasty treats.

Having reflected on our visitors over the last 2 years we realised we are nearly at 54,000 visitors at 54 St James Street!

To celebrate we are pleased to announce that our 54,000th visitor will receive a bottle of bubbly on us!

So drop in to check us out next week if you haven't already, as we expect to reach the grand total some time week commencing 15th April 2013!!!
It could be you, so remember to ask at our reception "Am I the 54,000th?".

@54StJamesStreet Tenant of the Week: @ParcoursLLP #ff

Our brand new £5.3mil centre at 54 St James Street is home to a number of fantastic local businesses, so we have decided to hi-light a different one each week.

Our first ever 'Tenant of the Week' is Parcours LLP Training & Development owned and run by Karen Bellion “The cross cultural communicator".  

“Our training develops better communication strategies for your business”
Karen is a Member of the Institute and Leadership & Management and was recently a finalist of the E3 awards 2103 for “Outstanding woman in Business”
Karen says of her business:
“We believe that people are able to strive if they are given the tools and forums to develop. When people are fulfilled they grow according to their natural preferences."
Karen's Top tips
  • Keep your big picture in mind
  • Get the Happy Habit
  • Learn to think positively
  • Remember to set goals
  • Apply the tools you learn to your life
  • Maintain your qualities and values Never comprise your inner character
Parcours LLP offer training and development services and their mission is:
"To empower, enable and facilitate organisations to develop training strategies to be more sustainable within our diverse communities. Parcours is committed to its vision and continuous improvement and development; we strive to make real change."
Parcours started out as a virtual tenant of 54 St James Street, but have since expanded and can now be visited on our second floor. Find out more about how they work with organisations to improve cross-cultural communication via their website

For more information on our venue here at 54 St James Street and our meeting and conferencing facilities, contact our team via venue@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8100.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Making Moves on the Property Market: Tyrer & Hart Set up in Liverpool

For Liverpool residents Heather Tyrer and Antonia Hart Williams going into partnership had been something they had talked about for many years, so finally launching their business ‘Tyrer & Hart Property Specialists’ in 2012 was a dream realised!

They told The Women’s Organisation “We always felt our skills were very complimentary, having sufficient experience in the relevant sectors meant that opening our own business was the logical next step.”

At the time when Antonia and Heather contacted The Women’s Organisation for support they were not working, allowing them to focus fully on their business development. They were sensible in utilising lots of support in getting started to ensure their business would be an instant success.

“We sought advice from as many people as possible right from the start. The Women’s Organisation were very useful in helping us structure the business plan and helping us plan a strategy for rapid business growth. If we could advise other women out there in a similar situation to us we would tell them not to be shy of utilising outside expertise.  No one can be an expert in everything and your attention should be given to the business you know and excel in.”

Heather and Antonia didn’t ever expect setting up a new business to be easy, but even they couldn’t have predicted how well they overcame possible obstacles along the way.

“The barrier we faced in starting our business was lack of set up funds, but we have been lucky enough to grow the company organically without taking on any company debt through cash flow alone! We did receive £200 from The Women’s Organisation which helped towards smaller costs, but the fact that we have generated our own finances through hard work we believe has strengthened the business massively.”

The women credit their understanding partners as a great support:

“Starting a business takes commitment and it can mean working long hours and late nights. Our other halves have to be very supportive, and we are really grateful of that.”

Both partners threw their previous expertise into the business: Heather who’s from a marketing background and has worked within the financial and construction sectors, and Antonia who has always worked with property both as a Landlord, in lettings management and Estate Agency.  Their wealth of experience teamed with hard work has meant Tyrer & Hart Property Specialists have proven themselves as movers and shakers in their industry since starting out.

They said “The business is going from strength to strength primarily growing from word of mouth. Although we do plan to strengthen our marketing and brand awareness over the coming months, we have been lucky to not have to worry so much about this yet. We both feel tremendously proud of what we have achieved so far, and buoyed with enthusiasm for the future of the business.”

Both women are loving being their own boss telling us “The best thing about running the business is the autonomy it allows, and the sense of achievement in creating something larger than oneself. We plan to continue to build the business at an increasing pace, with a greater budget set aside to raise brand awareness.”

Tyrer & Hart Property Specialists are a lettings, and estate agency, who also offer a property finding service for investors. They pride themselves in being a one stop shop for all property needs including mortgages, conveyancing, insurance, maintenance and even removals. For more information on the services they offer you can contact them on 0151 270 2412 or visit www.tyrerandhart.com

If you are a woman in Liverpool considering setting up a business, then take Antonia and Heather’s advice and utlise the free support available through The Women’s Organisation by contacting 0151-706-8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Social Audit Network (SAN) Conference Booking up Fast! BOOK NOW

Social Accounting and Audit

. . . how it can help you to demonstrate your social value

The Social Audit Network’s

Annual Gathering and Networking Event

Friday 19th April 2013
54 St James Street, Liverpool L1 0AB
Are you interested in social value?
Do you want to know more about how to investigate and report on your organisation’s social, environmental and economic impact?
The Social Audit Network (SAN) is hosting a gathering for social economy practitioners interested in making social impact reporting work for them.
Our programme includes:
  • Contributions from Caroline Mason, Big Society Capital, Kieron Kirkland, Nominet Trust and Maggie O’Carroll, The Women’s Organisation
  • Taster sessions on why and how to put Social Accounting & Audit in to practice
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded social entrepreneurs and community advocates
SAN are particularly pleased that their Annual Gathering is supported this year by Big Society Capital”

Book Today

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SAN would like to acknowledge valuable support from
Big Society Capital and The Women’s Organisation

Not Sure Where to Start with Your Business Idea?

Call us on 0151 706 8111 or email info@thewo.org.uk. FREE advice, support and a £200 grant for women in Merseyside setting up a business.

'Waiting for Brando' Discount Code for Clients of The Women's Organisation

Waiting for Brando, a popular play based on an urban myth about two Mersey seamen who played a unique, albeit fleeting part in 'On The Waterfront', one of best known films of the 20th century, returns to Liverpool for a five night run in April 2013.

‘Waiting for Brando’ attracted rave reviews* when it played to packed houses in the city during last year's Writing on the Wall Festival.

After selling out two weeks its debut performance in 2012 there's no doubt there will again be a high demand for tickets. 

The Women's Organisation has negotiated a discount for all of its staff and clients. By quoting BRANDO54ST online or at the box office you will be able to purchase tickets at the reduced price of £8/£6 (Normal price £10/£8).

Starring Paul Duckworth, Carl Cockram, Joe Shipman and Danny Hayes, and directed by Carl Cockram, Waiting for Brando is a fast tale of brotherhood and betrayal, secrets and showdowns, where only one thing is certain - everything is going to change when Brando arrives.



StageWon magazine

“Every once in a while an aspiring actor will watch a piece of theatre that reminds them just what drives them to pursue a career in acting; Waiting for Brando was such a performance.”