Friday, December 18, 2015

54 St James Street Tenant of the Month - Siren Catering Ltd.

So, Tenant of the Month is back! Each month we will be publishing an interview with one of our lovely tenants in the building, asking them what they like about the building and finding out what their business is all about!

And we are kicking it off with the one and only, Siren Catering. Siren keep the tenants of 54 St James Street fed and watered all year round and the cafe is the perfect place for a quick meeting or a long lunch.

We took the opportunity to have a quick fire chat with Jeni and Natalie and find out what they like about 54 St James Street...



Name of Your Business: 

SIREN Catering Limited

Your Name and Role in the Business:

 Natalie Hardman & Jeni Wadkin - Managing Directors

What do you do?: 

We provide conference catering services at 54 St James Street & other external venues, run SIREN which is open 7 days a week & host bespoke events & weddings at our venue. 

When did you move into 54 St James Street?: 

We have been here for 3 years in February ( the fastest 3 years ever!)

What do you like about working here?: 

We love seeing all our regular customers & have fallen in love with the space & the Baltic area!

Your best achievement to date: 

We were the sole provider of all catering services for IFB 2014 which took place in Liverpool. 

Is there anything people should know about you?

We have a 10% discount to all tenants and you can follow our social media platforms for updates on other special offers 

Contact details: info@sirenliverpool.co.uk 0151 706 8148




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Business Club’s First Event of 2016 – Start The Year With A Strategy!

After such a successful ending to 2015’s Business Club events with our Cheesey Festive Networking, we are looking forward to the first Business Club networking event of the new year; Start The Year With A Strategy!

Join us on Thursday 14th January (9:30am-11:30am) and kick start your business year with a strategy! We will be joined by our event sponsors, Bold Online marketing and their founder, Judith O’Brien who will be telling us why 2016 is the year to get to grips with digital media.

Judith O’Brien has over 25 years in the IT and Digital Marketing industry, and is the founder of Bold Online Marketing which is based at 54 St James Street. Bold; ‘Provides a comprehensive range of services covering all aspects of Digital Marketing, including Web Design and Development, Hosting, Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Advertising and Social Media Marketing for SME’s across the North West’, so Judith is a woman who knows her stuff!

If you haven’t heard Judith speak before, you’re missing out! But worry not, because she will be taking some time out of her schedule to speak at our Start The Year With A Strategy Event, on the topic of digital and social media and its importance for your business, and what tools and tips you can use to make it work hard for your business.


Also speaking will be the Park Road Credit Union, giving us tips and tricks on how to save for a rainy day, and our very own Senior Business Adviser; Claire Pedersen on how to grow your business in 2016.

We’ll be speaking about what tools you can use to help you plan for a successful year, resources that are readily available to you and can help you keep a tighter record of what you are up to with your business…

So! If you want to come and get a strategy to start 2016 with, then you need to get your ticket for this event!

Thursday 14th January (9:30am-11:30am) at The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Members £5 / Non Members £10

As always, we would like to thank your Business Club sponsors, Mitchell Charlesworth for their support of Business Club. 

Mitchell Charlesworth, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers offer a locally based complete financial and accounting solution for businesses and individuals. They have offices across the North West with a presence in Liverpool, Chester, Manchester, Warrington and Widnes. 

If you would like to find out more about Mitchell Charles worth, you can check out their website...






Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Alishia Thomas Launched Her Business, 'Oh Me Oh Mama', After The Birth Of Her First Baby...

We often hear great stories from women who have had their children and gone on to start up their own businesses as an alternative to returning to work. Not often do we hear stories from women, who have their own children, and start their own business pretty much the next day! But that’s exactly what Alishia Thomas did when she had her daughter last year. It’s an amazing story and probably even more amazing if you’ve had children! Everyone understands that when you’ve just given birth, starting your own business might be the last thing on your mind.

Alishia’s business is Oh Me Oh Mama which provides gift hampers for all new, expecting and breast feeding mums. Alishia says; ‘Oh Me Oh Mama is made for mamas by mamas and is a way of providing new mothers with products to help them on their new journey into motherhood…We have hampers for all types of new mamas, whether it’s someone starting out on their breastfeeding journey or for those who simply want to relax at the end of a stressful day.’

After giving birth to her daughter last year, Alishia struggled with breast feeding, and worried constantly that her child was getting enough milk and food, and feeling isolated from other sources of help, Alishia turned to the internet to find ways which she could increase her milk supply and began exploring galactagogue’s, these are natural ways that can help increase milk supply, and it was specifically herbal galactagogue’s that Alishia began to investigate.

‘I found all of these recipes online and a lot of them were Australian, there was nothing from the UK and nothing that you could go out and buy, everything had to be made from scratch. I just thought this was crazy, when you’ve got a baby, you’re tired and exhausted and making cookies that will help to increase your milk supply is stressful!’ It was cookies that Alishia first tried her hand at and she says; ‘I must have tried about 10 times to make these cookies until they were edible!’

Alishia then began to explore other natural ways in which she could help herself breastfeed, increasing her milk supply as well as making herself more comfortable in the process. She came up with a lactation tea by sourcing the ingredients that would benefit her and meeting with Phom, a Liverpool based loose leaf Tea Company who brewed her up her own blend of nursing tea! It was at this point Alishia thought; ‘There is just nothing else out there, so why I don’t I just take matters into my own hands and create something not only for myself but for other Mothers who may be in the same position.’

Alishia began to create hampers with all different types of goodies in them for breastfeeding mama’s and has now branched out and sells hampers for father’s and expecting mamas too. Some of the goodies included in the hampers are the lactation tea and cookies, silicone gel pads for sore breasts, superfoods like chia shots and the best bit in our opinion – the boobie beanie – hand knitted especially by Alishia’s Mother-In-Law, which she says is for Mother’s when they breastfeed out in public, although she’s quick to point out, it’s for the baby’s head, not a cover-up for the women! Alishia says; ‘People often shy away from feeding their children in public, and I have found myself going to the toilet to feed my baby, but now I’ve realised it’s my child and she doesn’t deserve to eat in the toilets.’

When Alishia was at home with her baby and thinking about all the different ways she could help herself and others who were struggling to breastfeed, she began to research online how to set up a business and came across The Women’s Organisation. She got in touch with us and has been working with one of our Senior Business Adviser’s; Claire Pedersen. Alishia says; ‘Claire has been an angel since the very first day that I met her. She’s given me so much advice and pointers, which is great because it’s good to have someone to bounce ideas off of, because you can get wider, fresh eyes on what you are up to.’

Last month, Alishia had her official launch party of Oh Me Oh Mama, in partnership with the charity, Kitty at The Liverpool Women’s Hospital. 10% of all Oh Me Oh Mama’s profits are donated to the Kitty fund at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital who say; ‘Kitty is our new friendly face of Liverpool Women’s Charity and from now on she will be the focal point for raising awareness of our work and particularly of the benefits we bring to the patients and families of Liverpool and the surrounding areas.’ – And of course, is inspired by the pioneering Kitty Wilkinson who fought disease and poverty in nineteenth-century Liverpool.



Now with seven different types of hampers available at Oh Me Oh Mama, it’s clear to see that Alishia has taken this opportunity to branch out her business and continue focussing on the clear brand and innovative ideas that she has for Oh Me Oh Mama. With an idea like this, we know her business will go far!

If you’d like to find out more about Oh Me Oh Mama, you can do so by following the links below, and if you’ve been inspired by Alishia’s story and would like to talk to us about starting your own business, whatever stage of your life you are at, then get in touch! Ring us on 0151 706 8111 or email hello@thewo.org.uk

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Monday, December 7, 2015

#WIBAs Return to Celebrate Achievements of Women in Business

Downtown Liverpool in Business, in association with The Women’s Organisation are delighted to announce the return of The Women in Business awards. The #WIBAs celebrate female entrepreneurs and business owners from across Merseyside.
The fourth annual Women in Business awards will be hosted on Friday 4th March 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  As 2016 sees The Women's Organisation's turn 20 years old this promises to be extra special. 
This gala lunch event will reward female entrepreneurs, business owners and decision makers from across the city region.  Breaking down stereotypes and promoting role models, this awards event will recognise the achievements of women who have created successful ventures and contributed to economic growth.

The Women's Organisation know all too well how women's achievements can be lost in translation with women still greatly underrepresented at leadership and management level, in parliament, when it comes to business ownership etc. Events like this are so important to start to tackle gender inequality in the workplace and we are keen to encourage women to shout about their achievements. 

If you are woman in business who would like to put your business forward for an award, or if you know another woman who is deserving of recognition, you can nominate here:

CLICK TO NOMINATE

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Women's Organisation Host Enterprise Educators for Erasmus + ACE Project Focus Group




Last week, here at The Women’s Organisation HQ, 54 St James Street, we held a Focus Group to talk about Lifestyle Entrepreneurship as part of the ACE Erasmus + Project, what it means to us, and how we have gone about working with this type of Entrepreneur and how we can think of new and innovative ways in the future to do so.

So you might be thinking, what is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur? Here is what we found out from one of our Focus Group participants, Carole Buckman, Business Gateway Manager at Liverpool Hope University…

‘A lifestyle entrepreneur tends to be based on the person’s hobbies, passion and skills; they may just like to make things to sell and may not be too concerned or knowledgeable about the finer points of business.’

Our Focus Group was made up of 10 individual from across the enterprise sector in Merseyside and these will go towards helping focus the project’s aims and outcomes!


And as with Focus Groups, we all got our thinking hats on, used big pieces of flip-chart paper and scribbled all of our ideas down! Here’s a few photos from our Focus Group, and keep your ears and eyes peeled for more updates as our Erasmus Plus ACE Project progresses!










'Successful Devolution for our City Region Rests Upon Capitalising Social Value: A Policy into Practice Discussion'

Social Enterprise Network are hosting an interesting discussion that The Women's Organisation are proud to be a part of: 'Successful Devolution for our City Region Rests Upon Capitalising Social Value: A Policy into Practice Discussion'.




On:       Wednesday 9th December 2015
At:         6-8pm
Venue: City of Liverpool College
             The Learning Exchange
             Roscoe Street
             Liverpool
             L1 9DW

The Liverpool Social Value Charter was launched in May 2015 with a significant potential to impact upon the local economy.  It is highly relevant to consider social value for the city-region at a time of continued public sector retrenchment and a persistence in what seem to be intractable problems of poverty, ill-health and unemployment for many communities in the city-region.

As the devolution agenda in England moves slowly towards a city-region solution we ask if the businesses and institutions in the Liverpool city-region have the appetite and wherewithal to exploit the social value that exists within the local economy.


Panel members will offer their views on social value and discuss further with the audience the idea that only through realizing the social value of the city-regions institution, businesses and communities will successful devolution occur.

Chair:
Jim Hancock, former Political Editor, BBC North West

Confirmed panel members include:
Hazel Blears, Member of Parliament for Salford and Eccles who actively championed the Social Value Act, 
Philip Blond of Republica, 
Maggie O’Carroll, Chief Executive, The Women’s organisation
Clare Dove, Chair, Social Enterprise UK, 
Martin McTague Federation for Small Business

Monday, November 30, 2015

Beat the January Blues! 20% Off Venue Hire at 54 St James Street & Catering with Siren!

Okay, alright, no one wants to be talking about January when we haven’t even had Christmas yet, but when it’s good news that just might help to beat your January blues, then we couldn’t resist!

In the month of January 2016, 54 St James Street and Siren are offering you 20% off catering and room/venue hire! That’s a massive discount that’s got to do some good in denting the January blues and helping your wallet after the Christmas festivities.

Of course, 54 St James Street is home of The Women’s Organisation but it could also be the perfect Liverpool venue for all of your conference, meeting and event needs. We can cater for gatherings of 2 to 150 people with rates as little as £10 per hour. Take another 20% off that and you’ve got yourself a real bargain!


So…Why should you use 54 St James Street, don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what local law firm Hampson Hughes had to tell us about why they choose 54 St James Street for meetings and events.

‘The staff at the venue bend over backwards to ensure all of our needs are met and are always flexible in accommodating last minute requests and extra requirements. The event space that we use on the 4th floor is really imp
ressive with the full length windows giving a view over the city and making the space feel light and open. The modern facilities that are available mean that our events run smoothly and assists in projecting the professional image that our firm maintains.’


As well as many different types of rooms and spaces we have here for all of your meeting and event needs, there is also on-site catering from Siren who will be joining us in offering 20% off catering for events held at 54 St James Street throughout January! Siren provides homemade and sophisticated food which is ethically and locally sourced.  Their team of chefs are able to produce everything from a small finger buffet to a full banquet meal.

So, what are you waiting for! If you have an event, meeting or conference that you need hosting in January, then get in touch with us for 20% off your catering and venue costs!

Ring us on 0151 706 8111 or email venue@thewo.org.uk and quote 'Jan 20% Savings' when making your booking to take advantage. 

*Our normal cancellation policy applies to this offer and bookings must be made for events held on dates in January 2016. Please note, this offer does not cover events held in Siren itself.  This offer applies to 54 St James Street meeting and conference rooms only. Catering discount only applies to catering booked in conjunction with room hire. Bookings made prior to 30th Nov 2015 do not qualify for the discount

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Did You Get Cheesey With The Women’s Organisation’s Business Club!?

Well…What can we say? Last night was fantastic! We had an amazing evening at our Cheesey Festive Networking night and we hope that everyone who came did too! For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s the lowdown on all the cheese related antics that we got up to last night!

Cheesey Festive Networking was our last Business Club event of 2015 and we definitely went out with a bang! The fourth floor of 54 St James Street was transformed into a festive Winter Wonderland complete with metres of fairy lights, a Christmas tree, crackers, candy canes, and of course a roaring fire which made us all feel very warm and cosy!

We welcomed Vicki from the Liverpool Cheese Company who had specially designed an incredible platter of 10 different cheeses, all made by women from across the globe. We’ve never met someone so knowledgeable about cheese, and as she talked us through each one, everyone enjoyed her interesting stories and tales, and of course, got to eat LOADS of yummy cheese.

As well as this we heard from the fantastic Gaelle from Keepoint Ltd who sponsored the evening, so a massive thank you to Gaelle. She introduced her business and kept everyone entertained making origami frogs and teaching us an important life lesson, if you don’t ask for instructions, making an origami frog can be pretty tricky! Or, if in business, as in life, if you need help then ask for it!

Our wonderful Business Club sponsors, Mitchell Charlesworth also joined us to enjoy the festivities, with Partner, Paul Durrance having the esteemed honour of drawing the raffle prizes. Now, if we do say so ourselves, the raffle was a sight to behold, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our amazing clients, friends and family who donated so generously to the raffle. Take a look at all of the prizes that we had on offer...And there was a lot!

A Cheese Gift Basket from Liverpool Cheese Company
Full face of Make-Up from Secret of Attraction
A scarf and a shrug from Sew Creative Sewing Centre
Mixed jams and chutneys from Mike Morton who is part of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle Food Assembly
A slab of hand crafted chocolate from #IAmEnterprising winner Kate Johnson of Gallery Cocoa
A Hotel Chocolat Gift Box
A complimentary booth at Graffiti Nightclub complete with 2 bottles of Vodka and mixers
A real ale gift box from Crosby Bottle Beer Shop
A pair of cinema tickets from FACT
3 custom boxes of delicious cupcakes from Little Love Bakery
A Beauty voucher from La Femme
A chocolate box from Liverpool Baltic Triangle’s Food Assembly Leader, Bala of The Chocolate Cellar
Ruby In The Rubble’s Chutney gift set

So, with such an amazing array of raffle prizes up for grabs, our guests were keen to get their hands on the winning tickets. We had Santander joining us for the event, who were with us to sell raffle tickets and to double the total of the money made on the raffle! We were so happy to have the wonderful women from Santander with us, and delighted that they could help us raise money for the charitable arm of The Women’s Organisation so we can continue doing the work that we do, helping women across Merseyside.

Also, a special side note! Everyone was in a state of shock at lovely Caz The Painter who managed to win not 1 but 2 raffle prizes! As well as a bottle of fizz from The W.O for her hilarious ice breaker quiz answers! Well done Caz, we're not jealous one bit...(We are really!) 






We’d also like to say a special thank you to our two Featured Businesses of the night, Jude Lennon from Little Lamb Tales and Elaine Courtney from Courtney Recruitment and Consultancy. These wonderful women had the chance to show off their businesses before we revealed our Winter Wonderland, and it was clear to see that they made the most of the opportunity! So thank you to our Featured Businesses of the night!

So, Cheesey Festive Networking and the final Business Club event of 2015 was a total success! We’ve had an incredible time launching our new Business Club and would like to say a big thank you to each and every one of our Business Club members and everyone that attends our events, because you are what makes them work!


The Women’s Organisation Business Club would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year for a fruitful 2016! Keep your eyes peeled for January’s Business Club event!



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Deborah Zaher Is Showing Liverpool How Gathering In Circles Can Change The World...

It’s impossible not to feel inspired when you sit with Deborah Zaher and we couldn’t wait to hear about her business – Gather in Circle CIC. Deborah has an incredibly kind and genuine way about her and this feeds into the work that she does, we wanted to find out more! Gather in Circle, is a Community Interest Company which focusses on gathering people into circles. 
Circles? You might be asking – but once we had spent half an hour with Deborah we were full converts to the power of this simple shape. Deborah says; ‘The circle process can be used as medium for authentic and meaningful conversation. We get rid of the table, put chairs in the shape of a circle and follow a process that opens up the conversation, creates a feeling of safety, allows everyone the opportunity to talk and welcomes equality and diversity.’ 
Deborah goes on to tell us that people have been gathering in circles, pretty much, since time began. People have gathered around campfires at the end of a day to share stories and built stone circles for worship for thousands of years. Many indigenous groups still gather in circle. She goes on to tell us that circles became part of the women’s movements during the 1980’s, where women felt that meeting in circle promoted healthier communication.
It all started, for Deborah, five years ago when she read a book titled; ‘Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World’ by Jean Shinoda Bolen, a psychiatrist, and author of books on the topic of women and men in the development of spirituality. The book described a belief that if women came together to meet in circles, it could change the world. After reading the book Deborah got in touch with the charity, Gather the Women, and asked how she could become a part of the movement. And their advice was that Deborah should start her own circle, here in Liverpool. That was four and a half years ago, and Deborah has an established circle which meets every month to talk about different topics; ‘It’s beautiful, and a genuine sisterhood that we have. We’ve discussed so much! From Food to Sexuality to Forgiveness.’ 
After some time, as Deborah began to learn more about facilitating circles, she was witnessing the great effects and outcomes that it was having on the people who participated. Particularly after an event for women she held on International Women’s Day at Rathbone Hall in the Port of Liverpool Building. ‘I realised then that I wanted to take circle into the community, that was over three years ago! Two years ago I incorporated Gather in Circle CIC into the community interest company that it is now, and aim to take circles to as many places as possible.” Deborah believed that wherever a group of people meet to communicate, the circle process can be followed and had a vision of taking circle into schools, prisons, businesses and the community and training the people who are taking part so that they are able to sustain the community created and facilitate their own circles.
After having some time out to have her child, during her maternity leave is when Deborah got the ball rolling and has really been able to get Gather in Circle CIC up and running. This summer she received funding from the Big Lottery Fund and established a project to gather 120 school children into circles and spent the first six months of the year running pilots with children in their schools. 
‘I’ve been working with Primary School children between ages 7 and 11. It’s been amazing. Children are very insightful and they need that outlet to talk, they need and deserve to be validated. The pilot had a huge effect. Nine months later, a teacher at the school said to me that the school was still feeling the impact of it. Now children from different year groups will go and speak to other children in the corridor and play with each other in the playground. I saw that it was a huge area that I needed to get into and work with.’ 
Deborah’s background has clearly helped her become the person that she is today, and that’s someone who is perfectly suited to facilitating circles and interacting with the public. ‘I was a children’s entertainer and a children’s face painter, a receptionist for a long time which I really enjoyed, set up and ran Rumours the world’s smallest nightclub, taking it up and down the UK to festivals and I worked in the promotions industry for seven years training and supervising people and promoting all manner of every day products to all manner of people! All of my jobs have been quite social, working with people from all different parts of society and all different ages. Now that I’m doing circle work I’ve realised that I’m really well equipped for it.’
Even the most well equipped among us still benefit from a little extra support though. So when Deborah was setting up the CIC she got in touch with The Women’s Organisation and attended our Planning for Success course. Now she is working with Janine Hyland, a Senior Business Adviser who specialises in Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies. ‘Working with Janine has been amazing and The Women’s Organisation is such a fantastic resource for women in Liverpool. We’re so blessed to have this.’
But who knows, maybe one day The Women’s Organisation will call on Deborah’s circle facilitation expertise. As well as working within the community, with women and school children, Deborah believes that circle can have a fantastic impact within businesses and teams. She says; ‘I’m going to be working with businesses of all different sizes as a consultant. Circle can be used in the business setting for for conflict resolution, team building or using it in place of a meeting following an agenda.’ 
And what are Deborah’s tips for using circle within a business environment; ‘I’d say to a business, if you’d like to adopt circle, allow a bit of extra time, twenty minutes to half an hour, for each meeting so that what needs to be said can be said, sometimes people say things they weren’t expecting because the nature of circle creates stillness and allows our inner story to come out, so be mindful that meetings may take a little longer. But it will pay off because people will be hearing the realness of their colleagues and developing compassion and community. Every person in circle is equal, there is no hierarchy. Every person in circle is a leader, every person is responsible for creating the space and holding it and the positions of facilitator, scribe and guardian are rotated amongst everyone in the group. Meaningful discussion and deep listening are fostered in circle creating a richer communication experience and leading to empowerment, group transformation and stronger communities and teams.’
As well as this Deborah has been accepted as a partner community organisation with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group. She has a vision to run a weekly mother and baby circle here in the city. ‘I’d like to do this because after I gave birth and when I was pregnant I realised that there were very little real spaces for women to go and talk about how they were feeling, and there was so little emotional support, even amongst friends. I realised that nearly all of our social activities for adults are based around nightlife and places that aren’t accessible to pregnant women and women with babies. When I was pregnant, everything I learnt was from a book, and again that just made me feel disconnected. What I’d like to do is create a mother and baby circle where we connect and talk about our experiences, instead of a traditional mother and baby group where the focus is on the children playing and some parents just sit round the edges, not communicating with each other.’
‘Being pregnant and having a child is such a huge experience. I want to give women, and mothers, and women who have had miscarriages that space to share those feelings.’
Deborah clearly has her plate full with some great projects under her belt and coming up soon and is achieving her goal of bringing circle into every aspect of life where we meet and talk. But she has even bigger plans envisioned for Gather in Circle CIC ‘I want to create BIG events for women in this city. I’ve created small events over the years and I see bigger events coming including more and more women and girls. Circle is incredible because it’s so versatile and can be adapted to many different areas. My aim is to come up with creative ways in which to apply circle and touch as many people as possible with circle.’ And we’ve no doubt that Deborah will…

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Who’s Who At Cheesey Festive Networking Next Week!

Our festive event of the social calendar is nearly upon us! On Wednesday 25th November we will be joined by Liverpool Cheese Company and a whole host of hungry women in business for a fantastic evening of networking and of course…Cheese!

At each of our monthly Business Club events, we give our members the opportunity to be a Featured Business for the day, meaning they get the chance to shout about their business at the event, and we tell all our readers and followers about them too.

So – for November’s Cheesey Festive Networking evening, we have two featured businesses, and here they are…

Courtney Recruitment & Consultancy – Elaine Courtney along with her business partner Stuart Reed head up Courtney Recruitment & Consultancy. They are experts in recruitment matters, in effecting long-term solutions within businesses of all sizes, in enhancing the sales pipeline and reducing costs to maximise profitability. Elaine has a long history of entrepreneurship having run several successful small businesses within the Liverpool area as well as working in employed roles helping local SME’s to start in business, grow their business, recruit staff and manage their workforce, successful to enable business growth.

Little Lamb Tales – And our second Featured Business for the evening will be Jude Lennon from Little Lamb Tales. Little Lamb Tales offers storytelling for Primary Schools, community events and festivals; staff training in the areas of Creative Writing and Speaking & Listening, school based workshops for Drama and Storyboxes and bespoke story writing projects for Primary Schools, Charities of Businesses. Little Lamb Tales and also Little Lamb Phonics are all under one name – Little Lamb Publishing. As well as offering interactive storytelling at events and in schools, Jude also has created Little Lamb Phonics – an interactive and fun resource to help children learn to read, available as an app or a CD.


As well as welcoming Little Lamb Tales and Courtney Recruitment & Consultancy we are delighted to introduce the sponsor of Cheesey Festive Networking; Keepoint. Gaelle Schoier, a member of Business Club and founder of Keepoint is kindly sponsoring this event and it’s great to be able to give her a massive thank you! Keepoint offers a range of virtual business admin services to help save you time allowing you to concentrate on the important things in your business. Their co-working facility, The KeeHub, offers flexible desk space by the hour or by the day in the heart of Liverpool’s Commercial District.


And as always, The Women’s Organisation is proudly sponsored by Mitchell Charlesworth. If you haven’t had the chance to chat to them at previous Business Club events, you’re missing out! They are a great bunch, but worry not – they will be joining us at Cheesey Festive Networking too! Mitchell Charlesworth, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, offer a locally based, complete financial and accounting solution for businesses and individuals. They have office across the North West with a presence in Liverpool, Chester, Manchester, Warrington and Widnes. If you’re looking for the perfect accountant for your business – be sure to corner them next week!




Monday, November 16, 2015

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEWMakeIt

Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week where all over the world people will be holding and attending events around business ownership.  It's always a big week at The Women's Organisation, so in case you missed it, click here for a list of the events we are putting on to celebrate.





And just to give you a bit of extra inspiration beyond our events, here are some inspirational quotes from brilliant entrepreneurial women to spur you on this week:


“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard.” — Estée Lauder



“I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process.” — Oprah Winfrey


“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” — Arianna Huffington


“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -- Helen Keller, author



“Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” -- Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook


“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” -- Sara Blakely, Spanx

“You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” -- Anita Roddick, businesswoman


If you are a woman looking for help to start or grow a business, do get in touch with our team via hello@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8111 to see what support is on offer.