Friday, May 31, 2013

@54StJamesStreet Tenants of the Week: @LiverpoolLive & @LiverpoolLiveTV

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

Our 'Tenants of the Week' today are 'Liverpool Live' and 'Liverpool Live TV' Rich Denton & Jamie McAleny.


Liverpool Live is an online media company set up in 2010 by Rich Denton to keep the city's population up to date with its amazing cultural offer. The business has three main parts; a magazine website full of information, news and reviews; a free to download mobile app providing a guide to the city in the palm of your hand and their very own web based TV channel - Liverpool Live TV.

Liverpool Live TV is a not for profit social enterprise committed to bringing you the best quality web entertainment in the North West, while offering valuable work experience for people interested in a career in media.

The Community Interest Company was set up in October 2012 to help promote grassroots musicians and artists alongside mainstream events and festivals around the city of Liverpool, Wirral and beyond. Their volunteer programme provides unique portfolio building opportunities with hands on work experience that improves future employment prospects. They also offer a commercial video service to help local businesses promote their brands. Taking advantage of Liverpool Live's strong social network and resources enables you to put your message, right in the palm of your customers hand.
For more information you can follow @LiverpoolLive & @LiverpoolLiveTV on Twitter, head to web pages / or contact
For more information on our venue here at 54 St James Street and our meeting and conferencing facilities, contact our team via or 0151 706 8100.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Understanding the Basics of VAT

VAT is the tax that is charged on most goods and services that VAT-registered businesses provide in The UK.

There are currently 3 rates of VAT:-

1.     Standard - 20% - covers most goods and services

2.      Reduced - 5% - e.g. installing energy savings materials

3.      Zero – e.g. children’s clothes and shoes

Also, some goods and services are exempt (e.g. insurance).

You can register for VAT if you are in business:-

1.     Individual (sole trader)

2.     Partnership

3.     Company

4.     Club

5.     Association or charity

However, you DON’T have to register for VAT if your annual turnover (sales income) is less than £79,000.

BUT, if your turnover is less than £79,000 you can apply for voluntary registration. In some circumstances this can be beneficial.

For example, if you sell zero-rated items and buy standard-rated items you would receive a VAT-refund from HMRC.

This can be quite a complicated topic and I’d advise you to seek more assistance from HMRC.

Visit HMRC website ( for more information. Or, telephone the VAT Helpline on 0845 010 9000 (lines open 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday).
Guest blog by Enterprise Enabler John Jones

Friday, May 24, 2013

@54StJamesStreet Tenant of the Week: @ChinaUkBridge

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 China-UK Bridge, Owned and run by Cathy Yu.

China-UK Bridge was formed in 2003 in response to numerous Chinese clients seeking assistance to establish and expand their businesses to the UK. Coupled with their close relationships with Chinese and UK government offices and major enterprises Cathy's firm quickly identified an opportunity in the marketplace to act as a bridge between China and UK.
For more information on China-Uk bridge visit or contact
0844 544 3733/0151 5288 345 or 

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FREE Market Stalls for Vintage/Craft/Foody Businesses BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Mad Hatter Brewing Company are linking with Active Adventures to hold a Beer Festival and Mini Market in Liverpool over the bank holiday weekend 25th-27th May. Active Adventures are offering small business owners the opprtunity to promote what they do FREE during the festival by having a stall within the market.

The Market stalls would need to be set up by 10am on the day of the event, and interested parties can have a stall on any or all days: Saturday 25th/Sunday 26th/Monday 27th. Active Adventures are looking for vintage/craft/food  businesses to take up the offer of FREE stalls -  Not food to be consumed at the event as their is an onsite cafe, but food stalls selling products to be taken home are welcome.

A good turnout is anticipated and stalls will be housed under a large covered porch to ensure they will be available and enjoyed whatever the weather.

Anyone interested in taking up this offer, please contact Sue via

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Women's Organisation Awarded Health at Work 'Workplace Wellbeing' Charter Mark

We are pleased to announce that The Women’s Organisation has been awarded the Health at Work Workplace Wellbeing charter mark.  This is awarded to employers who can demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees.

The framework has 3 key elements, Leadership, Culture & Communication.  For a number of weeks we have been working with our assessor from Health at Work to compile a portfolio of evidence to assess the organisation against the following elements:

•             Leadership

•             Attendance Management

•             Health & Safety

•             Mental health & Wellbeing

•             Smoking & Tobacco – related ill- health

•             Physical Activity

•             Healthy Eating

•             Alcohol & Substance Misuse    

Operations Manager Lynn Kelly said:
"We are so pleased to have completed this award successfully and show that our place of work is one to be proud of.  We value our employees greatly and this award demonstrates our commitment to their health and wellbeing."

Setting up a Baking Business: Cake-u-late the Costs

If you are a home bake/cake business pricing your products could be a bit complicated.  It is also important to distinguish between cost and price.

Pricing your cake product take in to consideration what the customer is prepared to pay, how the proposed pricing compares with competitors, what costs have been incurred in the production of the product or service and making a profit.

The process of costing takes in to consideration all the additional factors that need to be accounted for to enable you to sell your product, and to then enable you to calculate how much profit you will actually be making from each sale.

CakeUlator: is an innovative and easy pricing tool application for cakes. Calculation is based on cake recipe and units cost to help you apply above factors and reach the right pricing for your finished cake product ranges.  To start setting up your cake product prices open link below and follow step by step guide.

To get more support with your pricing and other important issues involved in starting a food based business, contact our team on 0151 706 8111 for free advice.

Article Guest Blogged by Enterprise Enabler Huda Mamoun

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Women's Organisation Join Oxford Union Debate to Oppose the View 'Women Running Subsistence Businesses are not Entrepreneurs'

Next Monday and Tuesday The Women's Organisation will be furiously debating the topic 'Women Running Subsistence Businesses are not Entrepreneurs'.  CEO of The Women's Organisation Maggie O'Carroll will be joining the 'Opposition' team at the Oxford Union debate.

A classic Oxford experience is the Union debate. Two expert and passionate teams will battle it out on the question:


Audience members will have the chance to offer their own arguments between speaker four and speaker five. At the end, the audience will vote ‘aye’ or ‘no’, as decades of Oxonians have, by proceeding to the bar through one or the other door to the chamber.
Tamara Box
Head of Structured Finance, Reed Smith

Penney Frohling
Partner, Financial Services, Booz & Co

Averil Leimon
Director, White Water Group
The Honourable Michael J Beloff QC
Blackstone Chambers
Professor Mark Hart
Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School

Professor Susan Marlow
Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nottingham Hayden Green Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Maggie O’Carroll
Chief Executive Officer,
The Women’s Organisation
Maggie comments " entrepreneurship is entrepreneurship and it has a value." 

To find out more about The Women's Organisation's views on women and entrepreneurship, visit our website

It's @LightNightLpool at @54StJamesStreet with @SirenLiverpool & @TheWomensOrg

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 a Craft & Culture Business Exhibition' as part of the programme. Local businesses including 'The Button Boutique', 'Bebop Dancewear', 'Naomi Robinson Ceramics' 'Open Skies Arts', 'Purls of Wisdom', 'O'Naturelle', 'Hours of Fun' and 'China Pearl' 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.

Light Night Recommended Route 'Family Route One' will bring you to the Baltic Triangle area so you can pop in here and follow the other fantastic events around our area.

@54StJamesStreet Tenant of the Week: N-Able Support Services

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 'N-Able Support Services' Directed by Louisa Barreto-Lyons.

N-ABLE have 30 years experience of delivering a wide range of taylor made homecare services from 24 hour support to simple shopping or banking and home from hospital services.
For more information contact N-Able Support Services on 0151 706 8140.

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

Friday, May 3, 2013

One Vision Housing Offer FREE Job Clubs to Local Residents

One Vision Housing have for a long time been supporting Sefton residents back into work through their regular job clubs. Now with a new member of the team they are pleased to be extending their service to offer Job Club support at two additional venues. The new job clubs are:

Ford Lane Community Centre

Ford lane, Litherland, L21 0GH

Starting Tuesday 28th May and will be every Tuesday between 12noon and 4pm.


Woodvale Community Centre

Meadow Lane, Woodvale, Southport, PR8 3RS

Starting Wednesday 12th June and will be every second Wednesday starting at 10am finishing at 12pm.
Each offers help and advice on searching for jobs, CV’s, help with Universal Jobmatch accounts, Interview Techniques and routeways to training, work placements and apprenticeships.
For more information on the Job Clubs please contact David Milburn Employment and Skills Officer with One Vision on 07772 655135
One Vision are proud members of 'SEET' Partnership, Sefton Enterprise, Employment & Training Partnerhsip chaired by The Women's Organisation - Working together to support residents in Sefton. If you are an organisation supporting residents in Sefton with employment, enterprise or training and you would like to partner with other organisations to make an impact in the community, please contact for more information.

EBEL Pilots Marketing Master Classes



‘Marketing Master Classes’


Choose up to 2
Master Classes FREE!

Each offers an instructional workshop
followed by group mentoring with an expert.


Monday 13th May

·       Marketing Planning 9.30 – 12.30   

·       Using Facebook for Business 1.30 – 4.30  


Tuesday 14th May

·       Promoting Your Business Online Strategy 9.30 – 12.30

·       Using Twitter for Business from 1.30 – 4.30


Wednesday 15th May

·       Using Linkedin for Business 9.30 – 12.30

·       Thinking About a Website 1.30 – 4.30


These seminars are being offered as a pilot for the E-BEL European E-Business Enterprise Learning project, so attendees will be asked to give feedback on each session.


Priority places will be given particularly, but not exclusively to:

·       Women running a UK based business

·       Businesses who have been trading 1-4 years

·       Business owners with at least 1 employee

For more info, to check eligibility or to book call
0151 706 8111 or

@54StJamesStreet Tenant of the Week: Constructing Equality (@ConstructingEQ) #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 'Tenant of the Week' today is 'Constructing Equality Ltd.' Founded by Chrissi McCarthy.

Constructing Equality Ltd. is the UK’s leading provider of construction-specific equality and diversity training and consulting. Founded in 2007 by Chrissi McCarthy MCIOB to improve equality and diversity in the construction industry. Since then, Constructing Equality have grown rapidly, doubling their turnover year-on-year and building strong, long-term partnerships with some of the industry’s biggest names such as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC).
That growth has been down to the team’s ability to tailor programmes and initiatives to the needs of the organisations they work with. In turn, they have quickly become one of the most recognisable voices in the area: respected, thought leaders and champions for a better-integrated, more equal and rewardingly diverse construction industry.

As time has gone on, it has been a natural progression for the organisation to get involved in equality and diversity strategy. Today, they take the role of helping organisations instigate and implement change very seriously. And, after helping to develop the Built Environment Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Framework (BE FaIR), Constructing Equality now have a practical benchmarking system that will benefit businesses today and provide future generations with the knowledge, tools and mind-sets to continually improve the industry.

The past six months have been a very busy period for Constructing Equality Ltd., with the pilot phase of the BE FaIR Framework well underway they have received a vast array of interest from various organisations across the country. Managing Director, Chrissi McCarthy MCIOB was asked to speak on the morning show of BBC Radio Merseyside and she was also invited to speak at the House of Lords.

For more information about Constructing Equality Ltd visit or email
For more information on our venue here at 54 St James Street and our meeting and conferencing facilities, contact our team via or 0151 706 8100.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Open Market Opportunity for @54StJamesStreet & @TheWomensOrg Businesses @SirenLiverpool

If you are interested in having a stall at the Open Market at Siren, please contact Gill via

Turning Sorrow to Success: Georgie's Story of Setting Up @We_WriteForYou

Having faced the most difficult circumstances, Liverpool’s Georgie Moore has seized the opportunity to plough her experiences into helping others through tricky times with her business ‘We Write for You’.

Georgie recalled “In 2011 my brother died in tragic and very difficult circumstances. There was a deep injustice to his death and not simply because of the manner in which he died or because of the actions of the person who was responsible for terrible injuries he suffered but crucially, as a consequence of the discrimination and failures of a Merseyside Police Officer. Finding ourselves in this situation we knew we needed to challenge what had happened, and as a result I needed to write a number of official letters of complaint because of discrimination against him.  The amount of red tape was just unbelievable, I just feel lucky I did have the competency to write what we needed to say; I knew the average person without that expertise would find it hard to do. I recall turning to my mum and saying “We need to help others to achieve this, we could write for them.”

Sadly for Georgie’s family this wasn’t the only difficult time they had to face.

“I got cancer when I had my baby so unfortunately I had to leave a job I’d held since I was 18, so around 20 years, due to ill health. My confidence took a knock and I wondered if I would ever be able to work again.

Just last year, having lost my brother we were dealt another blow when my father was taken ill. With dad he seemed to get ill really quickly.  Losing him destroyed me and I felt like most of my soul had gone with him. I can remember though that even when I had been ill he would say ‘you still have your brain’ and I knew I could make that work for me.

I needed something to focus on when he passed away. Following a period of difficult times and sadness for our family, my husband encouraged me to try to find something positive from such sorrow. I wrote a eulogy for my dad and read it at his funeral. So many people told me what a wonderful tribute it was to his life and said that they would love to have been able to give that gift to their loved ones.  That’s where the idea for my business stemmed from, wanting to help people as well as helping myself.”

Picking herself up from these blows wasn’t going to be easy, but inspirational Georgie took positive steps to turn things around and sought advice to get her idea moving.

Georgie told us: “I came to see an adviser at The Women’s Organisation who told me what I needed to do.  I knew the basics from my business degree, but was out of practice. The help was invaluable and my adviser really gave me some confidence back. I went on their Tax course and have now joined the business club to network too. The support has been brilliant. It has given me the push and confidence that I needed.” Georgie has since been awarded £200 in grant funding by The Women’s Organisation to help get her business started.

With support Georgie set up ‘We Write for You’, a writing service offering a wide range of individual and business services, based on needs.  For the individual it will help with letters, eulogies, speeches, complaints, memoirs, CV’s business plans and form filling.  For a business Georgie’s aim is to particularly support local businesses who need administration support such as letters, help with meetings, events, minutes, agenda, action plan, QMS systems (Quality Management), tenders, bid writing, presentations, website content, report writing and business plans.

She said “I’ve always enjoyed writing. It’s my main skill I’ve been doing for 20 years. My mum is a big inspiration as she writes books, as well as being a University lecturer. It’s great to know that I’ve got other writers like her I can tap into as back-up, which only makes my business stronger. I feel comfortable working for myself and can be flexible around my circumstances. I really enjoy helping people, and want to provide a good service.”

Since starting her business Georgie has never looked back and knows it is the right move for her.

“For me to be able to help people who need this service is the best thing about my business. I also love the idea of my daughter saying to me ‘what do you do mum’ and I can say ‘run my own business’.  I’m thrilled about that.  I had a responsible job before, so it’s nice to feel good about myself again. Being an inspiration and role model for my daughter like my mother was to me makes me proud. I’ve got my zest and enthusiasm back, a bounce in my step and I’m going to keep plugging away.”

To find out more about ‘We Write for You’ and Georgie’s services and story visit or contact ‘We Write for You’ on 0151 226 1996/

If you have skills you would love to turn into a thriving business then why not get some free advice today. Call The Women ‘s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or email to make an appointment with a business adviser.

Download Michael Molloy's Rise & Fall

Michael Molloy was an 18 year old talented musician from Liverpool who wrote his first song at the age of 14. An avid reader he had a poem published at the age of 8.

He was tragically killed in a coach crash in September 2012 on his return from Bestival on the Isle of White.

Two weeks before he died he and his friend Alex Evans (who performs vocals) finished recording the single Rise and Fall which he knew was something special. Michael wrote the music and lyrics and plays guitar on the track.

Rise and Fall will be released 29 April 2013, on the Sunday Best label. It has already received acclaim from artists such as Brian May, James Morrison and Rebecca Ferguson and has huge support from all of the local radio stations.

Michael was a fantastic young talent from our City, please support his legacy and get this to No. 1 in the charts by downloading Rise and Fall on itunes ( or purchasing the CD in HMV in Speke and Liverpool One.   There is one week to achieve this.

@SeftonTravel Offer Businesses up to £3000 for Sustainable Transport Solutions

Sefton Travel Team offers grants to help businesses develop and support facilities or

initiatives which will improve or promote access by sustainable transport.
Grants are available up to a maximum of £3000 for capital projects to businesses located or operating in the South Sefton area.

The grants can be used for anything that supports improving access to employment by
public transport, walking, cycling or car sharing. Examples of what the grants could be
used for are as follows:
What can the grants be used for?

  • Purchase of pool bikes and equipment
  • Cycle parking / cycle storage
  • Facilities for cyclists such as lockers, showers
  • Improved facilities for pedestrians
  • Improved facilities for cyclists
  • Improved access and links to public transport
  • Signing information and provision
  • Improved access for mobility impaired or disabled visitors
  • Delivery of sustainable travel events
Sefton Travel Team will provide advice and support throughout the application process

If you are interesting in applying for a grant, please call

0151 934 2147 or email

Further details on eligibility together with application forms can be found by visiting

*This project is funded by the Department for Transport through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund

Just How Predicable are you and is Your Online Identity Safe?

Through 2 decades of effort we have all been successfully trained to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess.

A number of online companies, such as Twitter this February, having part of their user base hacked should be showing us, that for the majority of us our passwords are vulnerable – we are just too predictable.

There are some who believe password security is largely irrelevant for the majority of users as the types of security vulnerability that are most frequent don’t really expose users to much threat because, in reality, criminals are not going to want to give your linkedIn identity a new job as Neuro-Surgeon at the Royal London or even be bothered to slander your current boss on an status update. In part I’m sympathetic to this perspective although I worry that cumulative effect from password-jacking is to weaken the whole system and end up making us all use unbearably hard to remember access keys – my bank currently requires 3 keys to get access to my account, which I tolerate because its my money and the more protection the better but I’m not sure I’d tolerate it from a social networking site.

So here are a few pieces of general advice and information about passwords and how we can all try to be just a bit more unpredictable.

·        Keep passwords to yourself. 

·        Avoid obvious passwords such as your name, the year you were born etc – these are easy to ‘crack’.  Also you may think you are being good by having a simple unrelated password but if your password in the list below you should really consider changing it.

The Worst Passwords of 2012, including their current ranking and any changes from the 2011 list:

1. password (Unchanged)
2, 123456 (Unchanged)
3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
4. abc123 (Up 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. monkey (Unchanged)
7. letmein (Up 1)
8. dragon (Up 2)
9. 111111 (Up 3)
10. baseball (Up 1)
11. iloveyou (Up 2)
12. trustno1 (Down 3)
13. 1234567 (Down 6)
14. sunshine (Up 1)
15. master (Down 1)
16. 123123 (Up 4)
17. welcome (New)
18. shadow (Up 1)
19. ashley (Down 3)
20. football (Up 5)
21. jesus (New)
22. michael (Up 2)
23. ninja (New)
24. mustang (New)
25. password1 (New)

Source: Splashdata

·        Go for longer passwords – WordsFourOrderRandom is significantly stronger than mYp4$$, although W0rd$F0urOrd3rR4nd0m is stronger still but more forgettable.
·        As a general rule a lot of us use the same email/password combination for most if not all of our online accounts and this practice leaves you vulnerable.  It’s perhaps worth thinking about your personal level of security and consider a per account password methodology. 

One approach is to set a template for passwords using a regular, memorable to you word, some punctuation and a magic number, then adding something about the account you are logging into to make it unique for that site. For example, at twitter your password might be regular#three&words!25birdy then at facebook regular#three&words!25facial and at linkedIn regular#three&words!25pros – this way you have a very strong password that is unique to every account but is more than 80% the same. You only have to remember the last bit on a site by site basis. There is a weakness to this method in not all sites allow you to use punctuation marks and some sites have a maximum character length for the password. At some point in the future it’s also possible that a criminal with two sets of the passwords could work-out the basic system.  For the moment though, it defeats the most common ways that user security vulnerabilities are attempted.

If you would llike to test the strength of your passwords there is a good quality strength-test located here

Post by Laura Anderson, The Women's Organisation