Monday, February 29, 2016

6 Places in Liverpool to Work for Freelancers/Start-Ups

When going freelance the flexibility to work from home seems like a great benefit, but often the loneliness can be a big downside. Co-working spaces and virtual office solutions are building in popularity and are a great option for those who are looking to get out of their spare room, but not wanting a full office or studio just yet.  Here are some of the local places and different options available in Liverpool.

Launch 22



Hot desking is a useful starting point for those in the early stages of business, or for those who are always going to be operating from a laptop on the go.  Launch22 is a charity which provides full service incubation to entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Opening their first branch in Shoreditch in 2014, Launch22 is now available in Liverpool.  Situated on Tithebarn Street, in the commercial district of the city, Launch22 has easy access to transport links and a range of options to suit a freelancer.  Plans start at £60pcm (+VAT) for 10 hours access and increase if you want more time or a more fixed solution, though as a charity 30% of their spaces are available for free if you come from a disadvantaged background.


Siren & 54 St James Street



Free wifi, comfy sofas and access to quality coffee is a great reason to utilise Siren cafĂ© at 54 St James Street to get your work done.  Add to that the virtual office services at 54 St James Street and you have the perfect flexible office.  You can use 54 St James Street’s L1 address for your post from £18pcm, which will also give you 10% discount on meeting rooms which start from £10p/hr.  So having found your cosy corner for the day in Siren to carry out your deskwork you can also pick up your post and upgrade to a private meeting room when you are meeting clients confidentially. On a sunny day there is a garden and roof terrace as additional outdoor working options. If you decide to take us up on this suggestion we definitely recommend that you try the sweet potato fries while you are there.


Jelly



If we say ‘Jelly’ you probably think of the wobbly dessert that appears at many a children’s party. But Jelly in the freelance world is something quite different.  Offering co-working space, Jelly’s have popped up in most major cities across the UK to take the isolation out of freelancing.  In Liverpool Jelly meet regularly upstairs in LEAF on Bold Street.  It is free to pop down with your laptop and enjoy the wifi all day, just plug in and enjoy the opportunity to take the lonely out of freelancing and to find other freelancers to collaborate with.  Liverpool Jelly is particularly aimed at creatives, digital and tech businesses, but open to all.


90 Squared



Creatives looking for shared studio space should have a nosey at 90 squared. Based in Elevator Studios on the edge of Baltic Triangle, this restored warehouse has the perfect relaxed, reworked backdrop for those in need of inspiration.  90 squared is currently home to clothing designers, artists, illustrators, sports developers, writers and event coordinators and offers 24 hour access – great for those who enjoy burning the midnight oil.  Space is in demand, so you may have to wait a while before nabbing your own corner, but worth getting your name on the list if you are looking for a more fixed space to work.


DoES Liverpool


DoES Liverpool is a co-working space located in Gostins Building on the edge of Liveprool One. Desks are available to rent by the month or by the day making it super flexible for freelancers. The great advantage of DoES for creative freelancers is access to their shared workshop where you can use their Laser Cutter on a pay as you go basis. The space is run by DoES CIC and is a basic starter space for those who aren’t ready to invest in their own equipment or overheads of a massive studio.


KeeHub



With no sector specific target audience, KeeHub provides a hot desk come virtual office that any business can try out. There is no long term financial commitment needed as you can pay for an hour, day, week or month depending on what suits you.  Starting at 4p/hr the KeeHub is a good place to pop into in between city meetings to benefit from high speed internet and unlimited tea and coffee.  As a spin off from KeePoint, Keehub users can also take advantage of virtual PA services as an optional add on. Based on Rumford Place KeeHub sits on the edge of the financial district in Liverpool.

http://keehub.co.uk/

If you are thinking about going freelance or setting up a small business and would like some help and advice, Enterprise Hub can help you FREE if you are a Merseyside resident. Contact enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8113 to find out more.  Follow @MerseyEntHub on Twitter. 


World Renowned DJ, Yousef Inspires Young Entrepreneurs To Start Realising Their Dreams Now

We are delighted to announce that #IAmEnterprising has interviewed Crosby’s own Global DJ Yousef, a force to be reckoned with in the music industry on everything to do with his career, his journey to success and his advice to the City of Liverpool College students on how they can begin to realise their dreams and start turning them into a reality, now.

Yousef is a complete force within electronic music, and has come to represent the ethos of the modern DJ. He’s a seasoned authentic and peerless DJ, a label owner, a producer and remixer, an event organiser, a mentor, all with a seemingly relentless amount of vision. You can’t discuss Yousef and not mention Circus, his world renowned club event. Now in its 13th year of activity in its home city of Liverpool, it’s one of the most important soirees of its kind, anywhere… And he’s done it all himself!

He’s a very busy guy but we managed to squeeze half an hour into his incredibly busy diary for a quick chat with him. Here’s what the man himself had to say…

What are your businesses called, and how long have you been running them for?
I have run my own business as a globally touring DJ for over 15 years, Circus Club events for 13 years and Circus Recordings Record Label for 6 ears. As well as this I have been producing music for 10 years.

What is the best part about running your own business?
I like to make my own decisions, I think about an idea and I try to put it into practice without anyone getting in my way. Being self-sufficient is very important to me.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would suggest getting on with the wider side of DJ-ing like a label, events and producing music sooner, and to stop relying on others to give you a leg up. It’s quicker and more effective to learn what you need to know yourself and then you armed sooner, better and stronger.


What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business?
For my field, it was always about being honest, hard-working and dedicated to music. I would always say be fair wit people and respectful and patient too. Being your own boss sounds like fun but its many more hours and little in the way of safety nets. A boss does not have a baby sitter, so be prepared to put the hours in no matter what vocation you choose. Hard work equals a result, that’s the formula.

Why should students enter #IAmEnterprising to be in with a chance of winning a £3000 business investment?
Having a mentor and a guide is much more valuable than £3000 in the long run so make the most of the expertise of the prize sponsors. I was lucky enough to get £650 to buy my decks when I was 17; there was no other way I could have afforded them otherwise. So get the right kit that you need for your business, use it wisely and take care of it because it could set you up for the rest of your career.

Anything else you would like to add?

While your friends are messing around on Social Media and games consoles, be smart and focus on your goals. Put the hours in and see the results in a few years rather than if at all. Live and breathe your idea and it will come to life. 


So... You've heard the words from the man himself, work hard, learn your craft and find yourself a mentor to inspire your journey. Now you've got his advice, put it into practice and enter #IAmEnterprising NOW! 



Join The Women’s Organisation for International Women’s Day 2016!

The Women’s Organisation and the University of Liverpool Management School invites you to join us for our exciting evening in celebration of International Women’s Day 2016. Our evening will be ‘A Celebration of Pioneering Women’. Come and join us for a glass of wine and to raise a toast to inspirational and pioneering women in business as part of our 20th birthday celebrations.


The event will feature an esteemed panel who will be discussing the journey to success and the future for females both in the business and higher education sectors. 


We will be joined by…

Anna Heyes, Founder and Managing Director of Active Profile. Anna is one of the North West’s brightest entrepreneurs. Since graduating from the Liverpool University Management School, Anna has helped the successful launch and growth of companies, funds and projects, turned around the fortunes of not for profit organisations and delivered flawless events and press campaigns. Anna has won many awards including ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the North West Women in Business Awards in 2008 and 2010.
Anna Heyes

Also joining us will be Sharon Hilditch, MBE of Crystal Clear, the leading anti-ageing skin care brand in the professional beauty market. Crystal Clear was born out of Sharon’s desire to create skin care treatments and products that make an immediate, visible difference. Today the brand has a huge celebrity following and sells its products throughout the world. For more than a decade, Crystal Clear has been the market leader in the development of high-tech treatment machines and skin care products for professional beauty salons and spas all over the world. Now, Crystal Clear brings these years of professional knowledge and expertise to the user at home
Sharon Hilditch
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And we will be joined by some very special guest from the University of Liverpool’s School of Management who are sponsoring the event.

Julia Balogun is the Director of the Management School at the University of Liverpool, prior to taking up this role in 2015; she was Associate Dean Research and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Bath School of Management. Previously Julia was Associate Dean Postgraduate and Director of the Graduate Management School at Lancaster University Management School, where she also held the Professor Sir Ronald Smith Chair in Strategic Management and was Director of the Centre for Strategic Management. Following a career as a consultant, Julia started her academic life at Cranfield as an ESRC teaching fellow in 1992, from where she obtained her PhD.
Julia Balogun

And finally on the panel we will be joined by Professor Fiona Beveridge (Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). Fiona specialises in EU Social Law, especially gender equality. Her work focusses on law and policy-making processes and the ways in which gender equality concerns can be addressed in these areas. She has a [particular expertise in gender mainstreaming (the idea that gender concerns should be addressed systematically in all areas), and how this is implemented in international institutions, the EU, and in individual states.
Professor Fiona Beveridge

Our International Women’s Day event will be chaired by Pamela Ball, co-founder of the Liverpool branch of the Women’s Equality Party and CEO of KnowsleyCVS.

It’s going to be a fantastic event; with a panel like this you just know that the conversation is bound to be interesting, dynamic and exciting! So, what are you waiting for? Book your place and be at the only event to attend on International Women’s Day – The Women’s Organisation’s Celebration of Pioneering Women!

                                                     BOOK YOUR PLACE!

This event is sponsored by the University of Liverpool Management School, and The Women's Organisation Business Club is proudly sponsored by Mitchell Charlesworth.

Mitchell Charlesworth, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, 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.

Their large range of advisory services are delivered by eighteen partners and over 150 staff. The team are fiercely protective of their tradition of building long term client relationships and taking a genuine interest in their affairs and ensuring they reach their goals


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

54 St James Street Tenant of the Month - Barrette

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!

So we have spoken to Siren and Dobson Welch so far, and next up we caught five minutes with Barrette...

Barrette are a firm of Chartered Accountants offering bookkeeping, accountancy, tax, business start up and business advisory services to small and medium sized businesses and individuals in St Helens, Merseyside and Manchester areas. 

Yvette Lau, the Director of the company gave us her Tenant of the Month answers!

What do you do?

Personal and Corporate tax consultancy, VAT, bookkeeping and accounts

When did you move to 54 St James Street?

We moved in back in 2012

What do you like about working here?

It's great to have a support network here in the building 

What is your best achievement to date?

It would have to be that we cover all of the North West area and help with international clients, in particular the Far East


How can people get in touch with you?

By visiting our website here or ringing us on 01744818111 or 07723001476


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jane Downing Transformed Her Teaching Career And Took It Outside With Her Business; Ace Forest School!

Jane Downing’s motto is the old adage; ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.’ And it’s the perfect fit for her business where she spends a majority of her life out in the open and in the elements, which, thankfully, she loves!

Jane Downing runs Ace Forest School which she says; ‘Is all about reconnecting people with nature’. Based near St Helens, Ace Forest Schools runs activities for children, all of which take place outdoors. Her mission is clear; ‘The current generation of children are at real risk of losing all connection with nature and the outdoors. It is so important that children remain connected with the natural world because if they are connected they will care. Going outdoors regularly helps keep people health and happy. By starting young, a lifelong habit of heading outdoors is created, this means the future generation will care for the natural world and will increase their own health and wellbeing.’

For the past ten years, Jane has always worked in an educational capacity whether it was voluntary, paid, working with children in care or teaching, and then began to use Forest Schools as part of her teaching once she had discovered it. She says; ‘I’ve always got children outside as much as I possibly can and as I my teaching progressed, I discovered Forest School.

Jane and the Forest School Association (FSA) define it as; ‘Forest School is a philosophy. In a sentence it is about children going outside to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.’ Currently there are a number of different models of Forest Schools, with some nurseries being entirely based around outside activities and a growing number of businesses cropping up to support the school curriculum with outside learning.

Jane started Ace Forest School at the start of 2015, taking the idea of it from her hometown, as Forest School’s seem more popular across the South West as they originally came in through Bridgewater College in the 1990’s. Now they are spreading, and Jane has established a niche client base for her work here in Merseyside, booking not only children’s parties and activities, but even taking booking such as hen do’s!

But as with many women in business, Jane noted that one of the challenges of starting her own business was ‘the fear’, the fear and anxiety in putting yourself outside of your comfort zone; ‘The fear just rears its ugly head when you least expect it! And it’s been something that I have overcome gradually. I did lots of research around this area and found that so many other women in business cite ‘the fear’ as a barrier.’ Thankfully Jane is currently keeping the fear under control and pursuing her new business with passion!

Of running her own business Jane says’ ‘I’ve never done anything like this before, so at the beginning I wanted to keep it quite straight forward and make it as stress free as possible’, so she began by marketing herself to the general public, before making the move to connecting with schools and establishing a connection there. Her aims for the future are to make Ace Forest School as accessible as possible for everybody. Having seen the massive health benefits of Forest School, Jane has big plans of franchising so that business men and women can buy into her business and receive everything that they need to set up their own Forest School.

Many Forest School practitioners complete a course with the FSA which gives them the confidence and knowledge to start their own Forest School, but Jane says; ‘You can do the course, but you then have to find the land, find money, and find support and all the other things you need to start a business. Also, things like your insurance and everything else – it isn’t that simple. So if I could franchise that, and make it into an easy package, that would be great.’

But support is something that Jane was able to find from The Women’s Organisation! She discovered us online and came along to an Open Day where she was paired up with one of our Senior Business Advisers, Huda Mamoun. ‘I said to Huda, that I needed someone who was going to be there to help me all the way through. I didn’t want business support that had a set expiry date! Huda said I could have support for 3 weeks, 6 months or 10 years! I was so relieved and it’s so reassuring that she is there.’ 

Jane also joined our Training Coordinator, Bernie Cox on different Social Media courses and Planning for Success; ‘It’s been absolutely wonderful and I’m lucky to have found it.’

If you would like to speak to us about starting your own business, or accessing any of the support that we provide, then you can get in touch by emailing hello@thewo.org.uk or telephoning 0151 706 8111

And if you would like to find out more about Jane and Ace Forest School, then follow the links below!


Website: www.aceforestschool.co.uk
Phone Number: 07754 455473
Email: admin@aceforestschool.co.uk



Monday, February 15, 2016

Tips for Creating a Business You Love

Love is always in the air around valentines, and when it comes to business you can create a business that you love or one that you loathe.  A few simple steps when you are in the process of developing your business can help you to avoid building a business burden and instead create a business that you love and is your pride and joy. 



Do Something Your Love



A lot of research around businesses points to the idea that people who develop a business around something they are passionate about are more likely to succeed than those who don't.  Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but it can be a good starting point when deciding on a business idea. What are your passions?  Is there any scope there for a business?



Choose the Right Partner




Sometimes we can go into business with people for the wrong reasons and end up in a painful break-up scenario.  Just because we love someone as a friend does not mean we work as a 'couple' when it comes to business.  Be honest about the skills and qualities you need in a business partner and seek to make the right connections that will make sense for your business model.  



Make Your Business Plan a Love Note You Revisit



Creating a business plan can seem like a chore when you are keen and just want to get the ball rolling with your business.  But getting your ideas on paper can be the difference between business success and failure. Set yourself some goals and a clear direction and then it becomes a map you can follow that will prevent you going off on a tangent and getting distracted. If you are based in Merseyside and starting a business, Enterprise Hub could help you to develop a business plan. Contact enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8113 for more information. 


Set 'Relationship Goals'



Networking and building key business relationships is central to building a business that will last.  Map out who you want to connect with and make a plan of how you can get in front of them and build a relationship.  Linkedin is a great way of connecting with people you don't yet know in a professional capacity.  Use tools like eventbrite and facebook to search for business networking events in your local area that your desired business connections may attend. Being more strategic will avoid hours of time wasted at the wrong events and having coffee with the wrong people. Remember, people buy people, so build a relationship before drowning someone in a sales pitch. 


Treat Yourself to some Work/Life Balance




You can become consumed by your business if you aren't careful, so build in strategies around time management to ensure you are able to switch off.  If you have a team then plan in away days where you can take time away from the business to reflect and refresh. Make sure you give yourself days off so you can recharge your batteries.  Burning yourself out won't achieve anything, so make sure you prioritise yourself as much as your business. 

If you are a woman looking for support to start a new business, then get in touch with The Women's Organisation via hello@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8111 to find out how we can help.  Utilise our 'Business Club' network if you are looking to make business connections.

Men looking for busienss start-up support can also access help via Enterprise Hub.  Check your eligibility and find out mroe via 0151 706 8113 or enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk







Did You 'Love Networking' At The Women's Organisation Business Club?

Last week The Women’s Organisation held their February business club, Love Networking, and it’s safe to say that we loved the evening’s events.

‘Love Networking’ was a chance to bring our club together and introduce them to other business networks that are in and around the region. 

Networking is used so much in business, we wanted to put it into practice.

Event sponsors ‘Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce’ came and promoted their employers network and their opportunities for business who want to network.

They were joined by Federation of Small Business, Green Pages, and some keen BNI members also gave a talk on the benefits of BNI.

These BNI folk were also our featured business on the night, Go Events. Selma and her team talked about their top notch event organising business and explained how they would like to network with people in the room. 

Different networks work for different individuals and businesses. We wanted the chance to get everyone talking about these and comparing notes, as well as doing great business together as well.

As always, we were joined by our friends and headline club sponsors, Mitchell Charlesworth, who were on hand to help with tax and accountancy queries.

All in all it was a great night with good energy in the room. And how do we know this? Because the people there on the night told us:

‘It was my first time and it was so relaxed. Staff were on hand to introduce businesses and advise who to talk with’

‘Great networking. Keep up the boss work’

‘Lively and engaging, no pressure. Lot’s of energy’

Need we go on… 

As we take a breath out for a day or two to relax, we look forward to our next event on Tuesday 8th March – International Women’s Day.  

Book your tickets to our International Women's Day event here! 



Friday, February 12, 2016

In The Media: The Women’s Organisation Asks: Are Your Daughters Worth 20% Less?

Maggie O’Carroll CEO of women’s enterprise support agency The Women’s Organisation spoke out in response to the news that the gender pay gap now stands at 19.2% and that large companies will have to publish their pay reports in 2018.

The government has revealed its plans for companies with over 250 employees to be ranked in a ‘League Table’ dictating the amounts that they pay their male and female staff, including bonuses, in a bid to draw attention to the gender pay gap which currently stands at 19.2%
Although it is illegal to pay men and women different amounts (and has been since 1974) the figure now stands at 19.2%, as estimated by the Office for National Statistics. This figure illustrates the gap between full and part time workers in the UK and means that a woman is now earning 80p for every £1 earned by her male counterpart.

The Women’s Organisation welcomes the changes announced in government this week that larger firms will be required to report and disclose their employees payments and salaries and believe that now is the time for transparency in regards to the pay gap between men and women, even though it is 45 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed demanding men and women receive the same amount for doing the same jobs.

CEO of The Women’s Organisation, Maggie O’Carroll said; ‘This news is a step in the right direction towards gender equality, but there is still work to be done. There needs to be transparency and it needs to come from these larger companies who have the mechanisms in place to monitor and evaluate their business practices.’

‘Women are still earning 20% less than men every year, which is morally wrong. Exposing this bad practice is an incentive to start addressing this issue, but where is the enforcement and where is the punishment for these companies to be held accountable? We’re not interested in naming and shaming these companies, we want action.’

The Women’s Organisation also believes that the 20% difference between men and women’s pay is morally and economically bankrupting the women of the United Kingdom, and that the 20% could impact our economy and our communities if the women had it to spend.


Maggie O’Carroll said; ‘We think it is time that Britain leads by example in this area and doesn’t just continue with the outdated and redundant practices that in place. We would like to invite the CEO’s and Directors of these companies to think about their own daughters and whether they deserve 20% less than their male counterparts.’ 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Local Business Community Offer 20th Birthday Wishes for The Women's Organisation

It is officially 20 years since The Women's Organisation started as Train 2000 Ltd. with a vision of supporting the economic development of women. Over that time we have supported over 50,000 women to consider their enterprise and employment options and helped to build a national framework for women's enterprise.  We have considered it a priveledge to work with so many amazing women the last 2 decades and are excited to see what the next 20 years has in store. 

Some of our key supporters from the last 20 years have been kindly offering us their birthday wishes and thoughts on our achievements over the last 2 decades. We wanted to share some of these lovely comments with you.



Lisa Greenhalgh MSIF
Lisa Greenhalgh, MSIF 
“The Women’s Organisation has been such an important factor locally in helping women of all ages, background and circumstance set up their own businesses. A lot of successful businesses in the region are run by women and they are an important contributor to the growth of the local economy. The support provided by the Women’s Organisation has given women the confidence, knowledge and practical advice to make their business ideas a reality and achieve their dreams. We are delighted to have worked with them in partnership over the years and look forward to continuing this relationship in the future to help even more women set up in business.”
Lisa Greenhalgh, Chief Operating Officer, MSIF


Max Steinberg Liverpool Vision
Max Steinberg,
Liverpool Vision
“An organisation that promotes and supports the development of women in business is not unique to Liverpool – most major cities will have some group or organisation that promotes women’s business through networking, mentoring, business support or a combination of all of these things. However what is unique to Liverpool is the level of commitment and innovation which the Women’s Organisation has demonstrated consistently over its 20-year life span. Now internationally renowned, the Women’s Organisation nevertheless remains true to its founding principle of delivering tangible results by being accessible to all women, regardless of their social or economic standing. Of the 50,000 women the WO has helped since its inception in 1996, over 27% have been lone parents, 21% from the BME community; and a significant proportion of their clients were experiencing mental ill health and distress. To have achieved the results they have is therefore nothing short of remarkable. I therefore take great pleasure in offering my warm congratulations on their 20th anniversary, and in wishing Maggie and her team even more outstanding success for the future.”
Max Steinberg, Chief Executive, Liverpool Vision

Frank McKenna Downtown
Frank McKenna,
Downtown in Business
"The Women’s Organisation are a key strategic partner for Downtown, and they have helped (and persuaded) enormously in recent years in the campaigning and advocacy work our organisation has undertaken on the female enterprise agenda.  We have had the pleasure of working with many of the women led businesses that have been supported by WO, and Maggie and the team fulfil an essential role in helping, developing and growing female owned companies across the Liverpool city region and beyond.
Happy twentieth anniversary. Here’s to the next twenty!"
Frank McKenna, Chairman Downtown in Business



Steve Coffey LMH
Steve Coffey, LMH
“We have been a supporter of The Women’s Organisation for many years – they carry out some fantastic work for the benefit of the wider community – and have made a big difference in our neighbourhoods.
The organisation has helped create over 100 new businesses run by tenants, which in turn have supported more than 1,000 women in their attempts to achieve economic and social well being.  Our enterprise team works closely with them to deliver an innovative partnership programme to encourage emerging female and social entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, which is crucial if we are to build truly equal and diverse communities.”
Steve Coffey, Chief Executive at Liverpool Mutual Homes

Pamela Ball KCVS
Pamela Ball, KCVS
For twenty years the Women’s Organisation has progressively worked to improve the lives of women entrepreneurs and our local communities. They are leaders in the equality movement as well as giving expertise for businesses that is unmatched across Merseyside. When I first became aware of The Women's Org and then met Maggie and her colleagues , I was bowled over by the passion , shared commitment and bravery that they all showed with regards to championing women’s rights, positive equalities policies and in simply raising  the profile of women in our local communities. Personally TWO and its events and people have become like a second home to me where I can not only count on support for our newly forming Women’s Equality Party local branch, but support my beliefs in equalities and the harm done to women in an unequal society. Thank you for letting me become a friend of TWO and I would be privileged to share positive passion with your organisation through its next twenty years !
Pamela Ball, CEO KCVS , BA , FRSA   

Heather Waters Natwest
Heather Waters, Natwest
"I have had the pleasure to work with The Women's Organisation for 3 years although there has been a long standing relationship with some of our staff.  We have always had a great working relationship where we have been more than happy to promote/signpost the support the W.O. Offers  to women looking to start and growth their businesses.  In the last 2 years we have had the opportunity to award grant funding for additional support. One of these projects was POWER- this was a great success and they exceeded the targets agreed. They worked with over 300 women and did create businesses.  Promoting Opportunities for Women in Enterprise and Regeneration (POWER) programme provided support to women living in deprived communities in the Liverpool city region and who were disadvantaged as a result of being unemployed, economically inactive, disabled or from a BME community, to start their own business or social enterprise.
 I am so pleased to hear that they are celebrating 20 years of supporting women in Enterprise and long may it continue. Congratulations and Well Done!"
Heather Waters, North England Territory Enterprise Manager Natwest

We are so grateful to have worked alongside some amazing organisations and fabulous women over our 20 years.  If you have fond memories of your time with The Women's Organisation (formally Train 2000) and would like to share your story or birthday wishes with us, please contact our team via 20Years@thewo.org.uk - We are making 2016 the year of celebrating 20 years of women's economic development and inspirational stories of our women. 


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Love Networking? Join The Women’s Organisation Business Club – February 11th @ 6pm

Do you love networking or loathe networking? Whether you relish the opportunity to meet and make new and exciting business connections, or you feel unsure about networking and have some nerves about it – The Women’s Organisation Business Club are here to help!

On Thursday 11th February, we will be hosting our second Business Club event of 2016 – Love Networking, and it’s going to be a good one! In the air of all things Valentines, and love-related, we are bringing together the different networks that we love in Merseyside, to be under one roof. There are so many different networking events and networks out there for the business woman to consider, and sometimes it can be hard to decide which one is best for you and your business.

So, we’ve decided to host the different networks at this event, so you can talk to them and decide which network works for you! We’ll be joined by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce, Downtown Liverpool in Business, FSB Merseyside and BNI Merseyside, and they will be there to tell you all about their networks and what they can offer to you.

This event is sponsored by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce to promote the Merseytravel Employers Network which provides bespoke support to employers to promote sustainable transport alternatives including opportunities to access funding, public transport offers and other promotional materials.

And of course, as always, we are proudly sponsored by Mitchell Charlesworth, the headline sponsors for The Women’s Organisation Business Club. Their team will also be joining us on the night to highlight their finance and insurance services to businesses. 

And of course, The Women’s Org team will be on hand to make sure you are making the connections that you want, so give us a shout if there is someone you would like to meet or be introduced to on the night, and we can facilitate that for you!

As always, members of Business Club receive discounted tickets to all of our networking events, so it is just £5 to attend! Non-Member tickets are £10 and these can both be booked through our Events page and Eventbrite, so follow this link below to book your spot and what’s going to be a great event!



The Women's Organisation Business Club is proudly sponsored by Mitchell Charlesworth
Mitchell Charlesworth, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, 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. 
Their large range of advisory services are delivered by eighteen partners and over 150 staff. The team are fiercely protective of their tradition of building long term client relationships and taking a genuine interest in their affairs and ensuring they reach their goals.