Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Another #BusinessRoadshow Departs

Last week The Women’s Organisation completed a second #BusinessRoadshow. The Roadshow offered women the opportunity to get free advice around starting a business, and to find out about the funding on offer across Merseyside through our services.

Throughout the week we called into 16 venues across four boroughs – Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral and Knowsley, to meet with Merseyside’s future business women. Advice was offered to the women and was everything from corsetry makers and cake bakers, to business consultants. We even had a visit from ‘Florrie’ our first ever roadshow dog!

The Roadshow kicked off in Knowsley visiting Huyton library before moving onto Poco Coffee Shop in Prescot, a nice friendly atmosphere, great coffee and one of our regular 1-2-1 business advice venues.

The Sefton day of our Business Roadshow headed to Parenting 2000 (Litherland and Southport), Southport Library, North Perk Café and Crosby Tearooms. We enjoyed their delicious breakfast tea whilst chatting business. Each of the women who attended had come along as a result of similar circumstance – having moved away, they were now back in Liverpool and finding that the landscape has changed so finding employment is much tougher than before they moved away, so they are now considering self-employment.  Not only that, but having had a lot of contacts outside of Liverpool, each woman realised that they needed to rebuild their network now they are back up north, but didn’t know where to start.  We shared knowledge of local business networks and talked about how through developing a business plan and really focussing on market research it can help us build a plan for making those key connections again. 

Wednesday saw us rolling into Wirral, visiting F Network, Hoylake Parade Community Centre and Heswall Library. The women we met all came from very different backgrounds but all shared the same enthusiasm to both better themselves and provide a quality service to others.
Our final stop on the road was Liverpool, where we met women in The Interesting Eating Company, Childwall Library, Joseph Lappin Centre, Central Library, 90Squared Studio’s and Merseyside Youth Support Trust (MYST).  It was a lovely treat to not only meet aspiring business women, but also women who had been through our support and are now up and running in MYST.

The women not only found out about grants and support available through The Women’s Organisation and other local partners, but they made their first set of new connections building their confidence to take their next steps.

We would like to thank all of the partners and venues involved, not forgetting everyone who helped promote and spread the word, making the #BusinessRoadshow a great success.

If you are a woman in Merseyside with a business idea you would like to move froward with, contact The Women's Organisation on 0151 706 8111 / info@thewo.org.uk for FREE business start-up advice and support.

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