Having been one of 8 successful organisations to secure grant funding from the RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise scheme, The Women’s Organisation have begun to challenge local women to think whether self-employment is for them.
The ‘Is Self-Employment for You?’ conference held at The Women’s Organisation’s
54 St James St
headquarters in October invited local women to come and explore their business
ideas, and to understand what is really involved in setting up a business.
Local women in business Kim Sowah of ‘Coffee and Fandisha’ and Erin Tabinor of ‘Sweet Pea Cosmetics’ who had both set up their business with Help from The Women’s Organisation started the event by sharing their experiences of setting up their enterprise.
Erin advised the women that if
you have a dream to “just go for it”.
Erin who had left a legal career to set up her cosmetics business
confessed that people thought she was mad at first for throwing in the towel on
an established career, but how she was undeterred and can now see her hard work
and gutsy determination paying off.
Kim whose Ethiopian inspired café can now be found in the trendy Baltic Triangle area of
Liverpool shared that “social
media has been essential” for getting the word out about her business.
The women attending were invited to throw their questions to Erin and Kim before joining a workshop session exploring the pros and cons of self-employment, understanding where their business idea fit within the market place, and what help is available to get them started.
RBS Inspiring Women in
has been designed to encourage more women to explore enterprise, build their
skills, start up and succeed in business. RBS is making £500k of grants
available every year for the next three years. 175 organisations submitted applications
for funding to run programmes and 8 winners have been announced across the Enterprise including
the POWER programme for women with The Women’s Organisation. This event is one of the first of many
opportunities for local women to link in with the programme and be inspired to
follow their business dreams. UK
Some of the comments left by women attending the day included:
“It was good to hear both women’s accounts of their business journey”
“Great advice given about the positives and negatives of being self-employed”
“It was great being able to discuss my idea and see what reaction and feedback was given”
“It made me confident to be a business today”
“It was very interesting and it was great to hear from the 2 women who had started their businesses”
Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager at NatWest, RBS’ sister bank, said: “The Women’s Organisation’s recent conference provided a dynamic environment for entrepreneurs to share expertise and their business ambitions. Women from across the region attended and were give a great opportunity to network with others in similar circumstances.
“Inspiring Enterprise has been a fantastic way for innovative organisations like The Woman’s Organisation to implement programmes that positively impact communities.”
To find out more about how The Women’s Organisation and RBS are working together to inspire local women to start and develop an enterprise of their own visit www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk