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 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 or 0151 706 8111 to see what support is on offer. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

#IAmEnterprising 2015 Winner, Kate Johnson of Gallery Cocoa Starts Her Business As 2016 Competition Commences!

With the return of our #IAmEnterprising competition with City of Liverpool College for the second year running, close on the horizon, what better opportunity was there to catch up with last year’s winner; Kate Johnson! Kate went on a roller coaster journey with us last year and was crowned the first ever winner of the #IAmEnterprising competition, receiving a £3,000 prize package which included £1,000 cash from Morecrofts Solicitors to help her get her business underway. We sat down with Kate to find out what she’s been up to and how she found the #IAmEnterprising competition!

Want to win big like Kate? #IAmEnterprising is for all City of Liverpool College students to enter! If you’ve got the seed of a business idea and want to turn it into a reality, then you’ve got to get involved! You could win a £3,000 prize package, including £1,000 cash from our wonderful headline sponsors, Morecrofts. The journey is starting soon, so if you are a student yourself, or know someone who is, be sure to tell them about #IAmEnterprising. They can find out more using the contact details below!

If there is one woman who can wiggle her way into the Pastry Kitchen of The Savoy Hotel in London whilst there for afternoon tea, it’s the talented Kate Johnson! Kate, the winner of our #IAmEnterprising competition with City of Liverpool College and founder of Gallery Cocoa and maker of fine chocolates and patisserie has such a passion and energy for her craft that we weren’t at all surprised that she wiggled her way into the professional pastry kitchens for a look around!

The Women’s Organisation first met Kate back in February of 2014 when we were part of City of Liverpool College’s Enterprise Club and she was completing her NVQ Level 3 in Patisserie and Confectionary. She then found out about the #IAmEnterprising Competition that we were running with the college, giving students the chance to win a massive £3000 prize bundle to help them start up their own businesses. Following Business Bootcamp, Kate worked closely with Melanie Williams from City of Liverpool College's Enterprise Club. Then followed a nerve-wracking pitch in front of judges, business experts and #IAmEnterprising sponsors, Kate was crowned the winner of the competition, and has been working hard all year on her business, Gallery Cocoa. 

We finally got the chance to sit down and have a chat with her about her journey, the #IAmEnterprising experience and the future of Gallery Cocoa.As well as running her business, Kate also works in museum and gallery education and has done for the past 15 years, at the moment she is splitting her time between this and developing her own business. 
But how did it all start? Where did her passion come from? ‘It started with me just experimenting at home, using cookbooks and TV programmes and I started to do more and more. At that time it was mostly baking, and then I found out about a 6 week course at City of Liverpool College, run by Claire Lara, the winner of MasterChef. I took her 6 week fine dining course, and that’s how my relationship with the college began’. After this she took another 6 week course before signing up to Level 2 ABC Pastry and began thinking about setting up her own business, although she says; ‘The timing was just never right for me to do it at that point.’

Although things began to align when she signed up to complete her Level 3 at City of Liverpool College, a day time session, meaning she dropped one day at her other work and spent one day a week with her tutor; Siobhan Sweet, expanding her knowledge and skills of patisserie and pastry. When Kate saw our signs for the #IAmEnterprising completion, she knew she should just give it a go; ‘The competition just forced me to go and do it. Rather than thinking about it all the time.’ Kate herself admits that she is the type of person who likes to plan and plan rather than dive straight into something. ‘Especially with my own business, I was worried about getting it wrong.’

But she didn’t get it wrong! Kate attended our Business Boot Camp and went away again to develop her business plan further using the templates and guidance from friends and her tutor, Siobhan Sweet who she says; ‘Is an amazing chef and brilliant support.’ Kate then pitched and made chocolates for the judges to try so they could see her work. And what was her reaction when she found out she had won? ‘I was over the moon! It was so reassuring to know that other people thought that my business idea was strong enough and believed I could do it. It was a massive boost! The support from the sponsoring businesses has been brilliant.’

Since the end of the competition, Kate has been working closely with The Women’s Organisation and Senior Business Adviser, Francine Taylor, as well as attending nearly all of Bernie’s Social Media training courses! ‘Francine has been great and the support here has been brilliant.’ As well as this she has been busy developing (and tasting!) her products, sourcing her lovely packaging and starting to think about the brand of Gallery Cocoa. Next year will have even bigger plans in store for Kate as she will soon out-grow the Production Kitchen she’s installed in her own home and will need larger premises to be able to properly store and make her delights! ‘I would also like a retail shop or premises; I think there is a space for that in Liverpool, so that’s something to think about for next year too.’
So is Kate glad that she made the jump and entered the #IAmEnterprising Competition – we think so. She says; ‘The instant support network that it created, of people who are so willing to help, has been brilliant! It’s also made me think about areas that I would not have previously thought about and forced me to actually get on with it and put together my business.’ And getting on, she is! 

We can’t wait to see what the next year holds for Kate and Gallery Cocoa and are delighted that #IAmEnterprising, City of Liverpool College and The Enterprise Club helped to make her plans and ideas into a reality! 

Want to enter #IAmEnterprising?

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And follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - @IAmEnterprising 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Three Friends Bring The Fabulous Frost Fair Back To The Wirral

The Fabulous Frost Fair is returning to the Wirral for the second year with a bigger venue and even more stalls.

The Fair - the North West’s premier Christmas event – is moving to the idyllic setting of Claremont Farm from 20-22 November.

The three day event will be opened officially by the Mayor of Wirral on Friday the 20th and will then run until 4pm on Sunday 22nd. Tickets cost £5 and children under 3 are free.

Over 6,000 visitors are expected and there will be more than 60 independent exhibitors from across the North West showcasing their beautiful and brilliant Christmas products.

There is an excellent array of top quality products such as handmade jewellery, freshly baked cookies, children’s clothing and toys as well as fine food and drink. Many products can be personalised or ordered on the day in time for a Christmas delivery.

A variety of workshops and demonstrations are planned as well as entertainment including a performance from the Voxpop choir on the opening night.

The event is being sponsored by North West law firm Hillyer McKeown, leading independent Wirral optician Harris Opticians and Smylies the award winning export company from Bromborough.

After a successful launch last year, the event was shortlisted for ‘Event of the Year’ in the Wirral Tourism Awards and the team behind the fair hope to go one better this year!
Three friends who met as schoolgirls at West Kirby Grammar School are behind the Fabulous Frost Fair – sisters Tanya Leary and Soraya Corbett and their friend Ali Marshall.

Tanya said: “The Fabulous Frost Fair is all you need for a perfect Christmas. We’ve brought together the region’s best independent small businesses to create a magical market place where people can enjoy a drink, a shop, some food and perhaps some demonstrations and workshops.

“We’ve carefully considered the mix of demonstrations, exhibitors and products to ensure that there is something for everyone and tastes and budgets are catered for. Every single one of our exhibitors is from the region so we know we are supporting local businesses and keeping money in our communities.

"We are so passionate about the event and everything it stands for. It’s a great opportunity for family and friends to get together before the Christmas madness takes hold and to have a little festive fun.”

Soraya added: “We’re delighted to be bringing The Fabulous Frost Fair to Claremont Farm. This year there will be even more of a Christmas market theme with outdoor chalets selling food and drink and Christmas trees.

“There’s nothing like this on the Wirral and it’s our dream for The Fabulous Frost Fair to become an annual event in the Christmas calendar.”

Proceeds from the event will once again go to the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and Wirral Food Bank. Last year, The Fabulous Frost Fair raised £3710 for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and donated over 30kg of food to the Wirral Food Bank.

For tickets and more information please visit

Friday 20th November- VIP Launch Night 6pm-10pm
Saturday 21st November- Super Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 22nd November- Family Fun Day 10am- 4pm


Claremont Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside CH63 4JB

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

5 Strategies for Growing Your Business

Looking to grow your business?
Growth may involve taking on more staff, winning more jobs or contracts or even looking at an opportunity to buy another business (for example if the existing owners are looking to retire). All these situations will have an impact on the finances of your business and even the risks in your business. 

Let’s consider the various options:-

  1. In many businesses the ‘client or customer list’ is a really valuable asset. A good, low risk strategy would be to try to sell more of your products or services to your existing clients. For example, in a coffee shop your customers could get a free coffee after they have paid for 6 coffees.
  2. Try to expand your client list (or customer base). Encourage your existing clients to refer their own friends and family members. For example, offer existing clients a free service or discount when they get you a new customer. Again, low risk
  3. Try offering new products or services. For example, it is common practice for a hairdressing salon to now offer additional services such as nails, tanning etc.
  4. Recruit quality staff. Not easy to do this, but some staff may bring new clients or customers into your business. It may be worth considering introducingan incentive scheme to encourage them to do this.
  5. Buy another business. This is the highest risk strategy and it is worth seeking specialist advice before you agree any terms and conditions in a business purchase deal. In well-managed situations, however, this can be a very good way to grow a business quickly.

It is important to plan carefully for business growth to avoid expanding too quickly and crippling yourself with demand.   Whether you are considering staffing options, mulling over investments, needing a sounding board for ideas, The Women's Organisation can help you to find the right support for you. Contact us on for advice.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Report Reveal Mothers are Going Hungry to Feed Their Children

A recent report by the Fabian Commission on Food Poverty revealed the shocking truth that parents, particularly mothers, are skipping meals and going hungry in order to feed their children. 

The report says:

“The example of mothers skipping meals to feed their children raises the role of gender in poverty and household food insecurity. Research has shown that mothers in two parent households are more likely to manage squeezes to household budgets, and the costs of doing so. And because 90 per cent of single parents in the UK are women, women are also much more likely to manage household budget squeezes (and again, the costs of doing so) in single parent households. Women are also more likely to be more economically dependent in households than men, so tend to be at greater risk of falling into household food insecurity from relationships breaking down. Women are therefore at greater risk of household food insecurity than men, and are likely to suffer more acutely from the effects household food insecurity than men in the same household.” 

Jackie Patiniotis a Director from the Liverpool Women's Collective Voice told us

"In 2004, Ruth Lister, a professor of Social Policy, wrote in her book ‘Poverty’ that women are the ‘shock absorbers’ of poverty, in that they frequently go without meals so that the food available in the home would go to children, and in many cases, the men of the family.  This report by the Fabian Society Commission on Food and Poverty in the UK finds that parents, overwhelmingly mothers, are going hungry so that their children can eat, indicating that in 2015, women continue to be the ‘shock absorbers’ of poverty.  The Liverpool Women’s Collective Voice is greatly concerned about cuts to benefits, services, public sector jobs, and childcare, all of which disproportionately impact on women, as single mothers, carers, low paid workers and older women.  This is a shocking picture of the reality of many women’s lives today, and one which is generally overlooked as there are few assessments of the gendered impacts of ‘austerity’ measures,  budget cuts and poverty."
At The Women's Organisation we have seen all too often the impact of cuts to services on women with women facing redundancy, unemployment, lack of childcare provision etc. approaching us for support.  We agree totally with the Liverpool Women's Collective Voice that women are disproportionately effected by the impact of Government cuts and urge the government to take action to tackle this issue.  We need to build services to support the economic position of women so that they are not only able to put food on their table and provide for their families, but they can aspire to business leadership and management, and being role models for the next generation.  We need grassroots services that start to deal with the core issues effecting women as this report highlights, and to continue to tackle the issue of gender inequality on a wider scale so that the rate of change is faster than we can currently see. Please take a moment to look over the report.  Let us open our eyes to the truth around us.

Download the full report here. 

#GEWMakeIt - Making it Happen this Global Entrepreneurship Week with The Women's Organisation

As is tradition, we have got a fantastic programme of events for women thinking of starting or looking to grow a business taking place at 54 St James Street for Global Entrepreneurship Week. 

This year the theme is 'Make it Happen' so we are encouraging those with a business idea or ambition for business growth to take decisive steps to 'make things happen'.  Details of some of our key events can be found below, or check our website for a more extensive list and information. 


Monday 16th November

Make it Happen:
Facebook for Business

Join The Women’s Organisation and learn how to create your business ‘like’ page on Facebook, understand the different features of the page, and discover the ins and outs of Facebook business promotion

AT: The Women's Organisation,
54 St James Street, 
L1 0AB

Book via Eventbrite

COST: £25 to attend

Monday 16th November
Book a Slot

Make it Happen:
Raising Finance in Business

Pre book slots to come in and speak to our finance consultant  about how The Women's Organisation can help businesses to source, prepare yourself for, and raise finance for your business.

AT: The Women's Organisation,
54 St James Street, 
L1 0AB

Book a slot with Ali by calling 
0151 706 8111 
to speak to one of the team.
COST: Free initial appointment 


Tuesday 17th November

Make it Happen:
Become a More Confident You

This is the starting point for any woman who feels as if they need a bit of a confidence boost, whether it is being out of work or if you are stuck in a rut. It’s interactive and engaging and will give you the tools to improve your self-esteem and build your confidence
AT: The Women's Organisation,
54 St James Street, 
L1 0AB

Book via



Wednesday 18th November

Make it Happen:
Should I Set up a Limited Company?

This interactive half day course will take a look at different business structures focussing primarily on the Limited Company status, considering the pro's and con's, and will take you through the basics steps of how to set one up.

AT: The Women's Organisation,
54 St James Street, L1 0AB

Book via Eventbrite

COST: £25 to attend


Wednesday 18th November

Make it Happen:
Digital Mastermind Event

Women are invited to come and pick the brains of our digital panelists each with a unique perspective on how women can harness the power of all things digital to promote business. A women in business networking event.
AT: The Women's Organisation,
54 St James Street, 
L1 0AB

Book via Eventbrite:

COST: Free ticket or £5 Donation


If you are ready to 'Make it Happen' and would like some business advice to start or plan for business growth then contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or