Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BUSINESS TIPS: Teleprint’s Tips for Saving Time and Money on Document Printing

It is a well-known fact that with all necessary print outs using electricity, ink/toner and paper, printing is one of the most pricey burdens for office budgeting. The cost of the printer is a one-off, but endless replenishment of ink reminds you of the true cost of printing. Despite this, office printing is an unavoidable 'MUST' for most businesses. So just how can businesses minimise their long-term printing expenditure? This month we caught up with Ian Fitzpatrick from Teleprint to lend us his expertise in saving time and money with document printing. 

Tips for Saving Time and Money with your Document Printing

1) Make sure your machine is fit for purpose

"The photocopier/printer industry is very diverse and vendors have many ways to try and maximise the money they make out of customers. There are many pitfalls and if you aren’t careful you can end up with an onerous contract over many years that aren’t suitable for your business requirements. In this sector of the market the biggest opportunity to make money is by supplying second hand equipment, this equipment is often referred to as refurbished, reconditioned, ex showroom etc when in fact it has been in another customers business and they have replaced it because it wasn’t working satisfactorily. My advice is to avoid this sort of machine as they tend to be unreliable and of poor quality. Our business only supplies new printers and photocopiers as our reputation and our customer’s happiness is paramount"

2) Pick a service contract that suits your business needs 

"A large percentage of customers use colour extensively and one of the biggest uncontrolled costs within businesses is print costs. An example of this is a client we supplied equipment to recently who was spending £2000 per annum on two colour multi-functional printers, the majority of the prints had minimal colour coverage but they were paying 6.5p per page. We analysed the usage and put them on a three tiered billing platform that reduced the majority of prints to 2p per page. As we work closely with our clients, we offer a bespoke package which caters to their business needs. We supply state of the art equipment with mobile printing but most importantly reducing the annual spend by £1000.00 per annum"

3) Use the experts

"My advice to businesses looking to buy Photocopiers/printers is to look for a manufacturer service if possible. Many people in this industry use compatible parts and toners to increase profitability and often don’t adhere to service schedules again to make more money. Compatible parts affect the performance of equipment and impact greatly on the print quality they also impact on the validity of warranties. Our business only uses manufacturer direct service with genuine parts and toners, this ensures our clients get the best experience possible and we can deliver on our promises.

"In a nutshell the copier/printer industry has many pitfalls for a business who buys into a company misrepresenting the real condition of the equipment they offer. Often the customer doesn’t take into account the true total cost of ownership and the impact having unreliable poor performing equipment has on a business. If a company sends out correspondence with poor print quality that is a representation of your business not the supplier. We know from experience that as a return on investment (ROI) new well maintained equipment is always the best way forward and takes away any poor performance issues."

So there you have it – three tips of excellence from an expert! If you would like to find out more about Teleprint, visit http://www.teleprint.co.uk/ or follow them on Twitter or Facebook

Friday, November 25, 2016

ACE Erasmus Plus Partners Meet In Cyprus For Transnational Learning Experience

Last week project partners for the ‘ACE’ Project met in Nicosia, Cyprus and were hosted by CARDET (Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in an Educational Technology) Training Coordinator; Bernie Cox, Engagement and Marketing Officer; Abi Inglis, Operations Manager; Laura Anderson and Chair of The Women’s Organisation Board; Pat Shea Halson joined the transnational meeting to represent the UK!

Bernie, Pat & Laura in Nicosia!
The purpose of the visit was to review the progress to date on the creation of the 5 training modules which are being developed to support adult educators and enterprise advisers in working with lifestyle entrepreneurship and also carry out pilot runs of the programme with the group of partners taking part in the practical exercises and activities planned.

Bernie delivering her module (Module 1)

The modules covered…
  • The Basics of Lifestyle Entrepreneurship
  • The Use of ICT and Open Educational Resources in Lifestyle Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing of Adult Education on Lifestyle Entrepreneurship for Disadvantaged Learners
  • Assessment Tools of Learners’ Skills and Competencies in Lifestyle Entrepreneurship
  • Creating Awareness on Validation of the Acquired Competences

The partners on the ACE project span across Europe, we were joined by Cyprus, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Poland, all representing various organisations in their home countries and coming together to learn and share knowledge on lifestyle entrepreneurship. This project has been running for over a year with the partners already meeting in both Liverpool and Bulgaria’s capital; Sofia.

ACE Partners taking part in a practical exercise!
Whilst we were in Cyprus we did manage to get a break from working and were treated to a cultural day trip where we visited the pretty marina town of Limassol and also visited one of the oldest and most historic villages on the island; Omodos where we had lunch at a traditional tavern and ate some fantastic Cypriot food! 

We are looking forward to the next international meeting is planned for the spring when the partners will be meeting in Poland to continue working on this project!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Veeno On Castle Street To Host #WOBizClub Festive Networking!

We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 30th November from 4-7pm our last Business Club event of the year will be hosted in the lovely Veeno on Castle Street!

We are inviting you to join us at Veeno, a relaxed and intimate Wine Bar, in the heart of the city centre on Castle Street for a tipple or two and to celebrate and reflect on a year's worth of great events and networking...

Tickets for this event are just £5 for members of our Business Club and £10 for non-members; this will include a glass or two of wine and some delicious nibbles! If you are not a member of Business Club, but would like to be, simply email businessclub@thewo.org.uk for more details

Veeno will be providing us with their quality Sicilian wine and Italian food in the style of 'Apertivo' - Delicious sharing platters including cold meat cuts, breads and cheeses all from Italian producers paired with expertly sourced Sicilian wine!

'Apertivo' is a big part of Italian culture and it means; 'Nibbling and drinking in a relaxed and informal atmosphere' - And frankly we couldn't think of anything better!

Andrea and Nico, the owners of Vino grew up in Italy and moved to Manchester to follow their studies and jobs, and the story of how they started Veeno (which now has cafes in multiple locations across the UK) is a great one!

“We started playing football together: after one of our matches, whilst having a drink, we found out that we had something in common – we both were Italians abroad with a strong passion for quality wine and authentic food. In Italy, we have the culture of Aperitivo – it means nibbling and drinking in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with friends & family during the later afternoon and early evening. Because this was missing in the UK, we decided to make it our mission to share this amazing tradition with our friends in the city of Manchester.

Thanks to the expertise of our family vineyard in Sicily, we brought our wines to Manchester and then we began to source the best quality “spuntini” (Appetisers) from Italian producers. We opened our first Italian Wine Café in 2013 just off Albert Square in Manchester city centre. Within a year, we opened cafés in Leeds and York.

Today, we have Wine Cafés in multiple locations across the UK, we are growing very fast and spreading the Aperitivo culture’

We are delighted to be partnering up with Veeno to host this festive networking event, it’s going to be a fantastic celebration of a year's’ worth of great business networking, and we hope you’ll be able to join us for a drink or two and a celebration to start the festivities with!

Thank you to Veeno for sponsoring this event! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why Gillian Hunt Loves to Have Meetings at 54 St James Street

Gillian Hunt is a regular user of 54 St James Street’s meeting and conferencing facilities. We contacted Gill to find out what made her choose and return to the meeting and conference centre based in the trendy Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool.

Hi Gill, tell us a bit about GillianHunt.co and what it is you do:

I work with women, running their own business. They feel a sense of overwhelm about the online side of their business. They may be near the beginning of their journey or more established, so my approach is; Online Business for Offline People. In other words, I’m all about the human side of being online for business and how it complements offline activities.  I work with clients to build firm online foundations so they can have a business that’ll be successful and attract more clients. The four pillars I focus on are:  Social Media, Website, Blog, Email Marketing and having an online trial offer.  

Gillian Hunt with Christine Edun from The Gangster Squad at 54 St James Street

When did you use 54 St James Street and what for?

I often use 54 St. James Street for Liverpool based clients signed up to the Launchpad one to one programme.  For example, Christine Edun from
The Gangster-Squad is using the Launchpad because her goal is to sell more tickets for the Vintage Dance events she organises.  Launchpad for her is about getting more confidence in planning and creating Online communications

I also use 54 St. James Street for Live Workshops; I ran a workshop in conjunction with Green Pages in September 2016 on ‘5 ways to attract clients Online’.  One delegate said ‘the course has made me feel much more confident about steps for reaching more clients online and gave me ideas to do so more effectively.’
I plan to do more of these.  They are for groups of 6-10 people seeking an introduction Online Business for Offline People.  I like workshops because delegates can sit around a table they can interact with each other.  There’s an inbuilt screen in the board room so it’s easy to give presentations using media.

How do you find the facilities and the overall atmosphere at 54 St James Street?

I love having meetings at 54 St. James Street.  There are different sized meeting rooms to choose from.  A two-person room, ideal for one to one coaching clients, the board rooms are ideal for seminars and there is a conference room for events with larger numbers.

The café is a great bonus as I can sit and catch up on emails if I arrive early or treat myself to something tasty to eat.  The clients love it as well as they can feel more ‘visible’ in their business just by sitting in the café and interacting with other people.

What do you look for in a venue?

Staff are friendly and accommodating.
A clean, contemporary feel venue with lots of natural light.
Access to wi-fi
Accessible by: train, bus and car
Near to other facilities.
Catering facilities as we all need sustenance.

What are the key elements that make an event successful in your eyes?

A successful event for me is one which:
  • Has a purpose for the attendees so they feel they have gained something from attending.
  • Is enjoyable for the attendees – we all want to do the things we enjoy.
  • For group events - an opportunity to meet with new people or connect with established relationships

 Why do you choose to return to 54 St James Street over other locations?

I return to 54 St. James Street because it has all the facilities I want.
I’ve used it before and I like it.

Would you recommend 54 St James Street to other businesses? 

I would recommend 54 St. James Street to other businesses!

If you are looking for an impressive Liverpool city centre venue to hold training, meetings, conferences and events, why not pop in to 54 St James Street to check out the facilities. Flexible spaces available catering for events of 2-200 delegates.  Find out more from our team via venue@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8111 and follow @54StJamesStreet on twitter for news and offers.

If you would like to find out more about GillianHunt.co visit http://www.gillianhunt.co/

Alternatively, you can follow Gillian on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Government Has Confirmed Provision To Join HS2 And Northern Powerhouse Rail For The Liverpool City Region

MP, Chris Grayling has revealed the construction plans for the preferred high-speed rail route in the North West, West Midlands and Yorkshire. ITV said that the Phase 2 route will serve Stafford, Liverpool, Preston, Warrington, Wigan, Carlisle, Glasgow, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, and Edinburgh, linking these northern parts of the country with the capital.

This could be a fantastic boost for the future economy as the high speed rail attempts to increase business collaboration, partnership and movement across the UK. The current time it takes to get from Liverpool to London on the fastest train is two hours and 14 minutes; this will now be cut down to 93 minutes.

According to independent figures commissioned by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority believes that connecting Liverpool to the north-south and east-west rail infrastructure could create a £15 billion boost to the Liverpool City Region economy, 20,000 new jobs, 10,000 new homes and 2.9 million visitors a year.

The Linking Liverpool campaign believes that the Liverpool City Region should have a high speed rail to heal the ‘north-south divide’ and act as an engine for re-balancing the UK economy and ensuring Liverpool is a key network and ‘Powerhouse’ for business in the north.

At 54 St James Street, we are home to a number of businesses and also offer meeting rooms and conference space. Therefore we strongly support anything that contributes to the growth of Liverpool’s economy and authority as a ‘Powerhouse’ whilst also promotes local businesses to flourish and operate with free-movement on a national platform.

We hope that by nurturing the future economy, we will continue to welcome business leaders from afar to our city of Liverpool and through the 54 doors.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Enterprise Evolution Reports Shows Entrepreneurship is on the up in Higher Education

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the pivotal report – the “Oslo Agenda” – “Enterprise Evolution” have released their report exploring the impact it has had, and reflecting on how this has truly changed the entrepreneurial landscape.

 ‘Enterprise Evolution’ – the consultancy arm of enterprise support agency The Women’s Organisation - teamed with EEUK (Enterprise Educators UK) to understand the role of the “Oslo Agenda” and its impact across the sector 10 years on.  A survey was issued to those working to support entrepreneurial outcomes to see how and where this has been achieved.

The research indicates that there has been much improvement over the last decade, partly in Higher Education, where strong engagement with entrepreneurs and alumni is clearly visible to respondents. 94% of respondents have seen a positive change with entrepreneurs being bought into class or into student projects, 87% of respondents indicated that enterprise education has improved over the last 10 years by associating students with real companies and business people, and 89% of respondents believe we have encouraged students with commercially viable business ideas through support.

The results highlight the changes in education that have seen entrepreneurs supporting the curriculum, students undertaking authentic client work and external projects as well as student societies focused on enterprise and entrepreneurship. 

However the survey also shows that areas that reflect transnational deliverables have been harder to achieve, but the recent release of the EntreComp Framework (Entrepreneurship Competence Framework) in July this year, is likely to stimulate further work that unifies the sector.

Alison Price
Alison Price, Principal Consultant Enterprise Evolution said "I am very excited by some of the stronger results that show an increased confidence in those delivering in the classroom to engage with externals and alumni for the benefit of their learners.  However our experience shows that there is still much to do - pockets of excellence can be found across UK universities and colleges but the enterprise experience of our young people is not yet robust. All students should be supported to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set - something that we believe we can support staff to embed into any discipline/subject area through our tried and tested approach".

Enterprise Evolution reflecting on the research findings and their experience indicate that there still needs to be more work done around the appropriate selection and use of entrepreneurial teaching method, and impact and evaluation.

Alison continues “These are areas where Enterprise Evolution can really use our expertise to support the institutions to continue to improve. Our work ranges from mentoring and support of individuals working in this sector, through to institutional review and strategic support to develop a 'virtuous circle' within the pipeline of graduate entrepreneurs.”

With the work continuing, the 10th anniversary together with these survey results provide a point to reflect, that allows us to see the journey travelled and what has been achieved, but also to see how the support across the sector can change lives through enterprise education.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Melissa Wavell Made Big Changes In Her Life And Started Her Business – The Dog Haus Ltd.

Every once in awhile we get to help a business that really makes us smile – and Melissa Wavell from Widnes new business; The Dog Haus Ltd. is one of those. 29 year old Melissa describes it as ‘A new breed of day care for the contemporary dog.’

‘At The Dog Haus Ltd. we believe that socialising is very important. Dogs are pack animals by nature and they rarely get to be part of a pack in today’s world. We allow the dogs to play and socialise in a controlled environment which is more natural for them. The contemporary design led crèche has been created so the dogs feel like they are in a home from home.’

But how did Melissa, who had previously been a manager for the luxury fashion brand Jaeger, come to opening up her own doggy day care centre? It’s the simple matter of wanting to follow a dream! Melissa told us that it had always been her dream to work with animals wanting to be a vet when she was younger. She also had some entrepreneurial spirit in her as she spotted a gap in the market for her business idea; ‘I decided to set up my own because I already had a lot of business experience from my previous job and I’d also seen a space in the market for more of a ‘luxury’ doggy day care. A lot of dog day cares that you see now are very basic and I wanted to create a fun environment similar to what you would see at a children’s crèche! Just because they are dogs, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the best!’

Once Melissa was decided she began to write her business plan and looking for a unit to place The Dog Haus Ltd. When she got in touch with Halton Council they put her in touch with The Women’s Organisation and Business Adviser; Mike Marsden. From there Melissa and Mike began to work together, with help from the Skills and Opportunities Fund, to make The Dog Haus Ltd dream into a reality! ‘Mike has been fantastic! I couldn’t have done this without his support and encouragement. He was really enthusiastic with my business idea and believed that I could make a success of it. At times when I have gone off track Mike has brought me back to focus. His knowledge and experience is second to none.’

As with the opening of any new business there is always going to be difficult barriers to overcome and for Melissa that was finding the perfect place for The Dog Haus Ltd. Melissa searched for 6 months to find the perfect unit; ‘I kept getting knocked back by different letting agents and landlords who didn’t want to home The Dog Haus Ltd. in their units. I finally found a fantastic landlord and agent who have supported me and waited another 2 months for the council to agree to my planning permission!’

And throughout all this to-ing and fro-ing with her unit, Melissa was still working a full time job and trying to juggle opening a new business! But now the tough work has been done and The Dog Haus Ltd. is open for business! ‘We’ve just had an Open Day which was really successful. We were inundated with people signing up and coming for a look around. I’m now a few weeks in and we have enquiries every day!’

‘It’s been a massive change for me so right now I’m adjusting to my new job role although I definitely feel like I’ve made the right choice. The best thing about running my own business is that I am my own boss, I know that I can drive the business in any direction I like and I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself. Oh! And of course, giving belly rubs to dogs all day long!

If you'd like to find out more about The Dog Haus Ltd. you can use the contact details below! 

And if you would like some support starting your own business, then get in touch with us! Email us on hello@thewo.org.uk or ring us on 0151 706 8111

Melissa was supported by The Women's Organisation and the Skills and Opportunities Fund. This fund is one of the many ways that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is contributing to the communities they live and work in. In 2015, they committed £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland, and they have allocated at further £2.5m to be split across two rounds in 2016.


The Dog Haus Ltd.
Unit 5, Ground Floor Unit 6
Palatine Industrial Estate
Causeway Avenue
WA4 6Q

The Future of the Workplace: A Virtual Office and How It Can Benefit You

The Women’s Organisation is built on a team of professional experts who help bring business ideas to life, and many of those light-bulb ideas are now established businesses housed right here in tenanted offices at 54 St James Street. But we know that not every business requires or has reached the stage of needing a permanent space just yet. 

The internet has revolutionised the way we do business meaning working hours are no longer confined to the 9-till-5 mentality. Gone are the days of high rise buildings and corporate domination, business in the 21st century is about finding what works for you. 

This also means that a PR company could run single-handedly from a laptop in a bedroom, and with the safety of a virtual office clients and associates would never know otherwise. This is because we are in the thick of an Information Age where companies reap the benefits of computerisation, and in many cases our business’ online presence is more important than our business' physical presence – do we even really need an office anymore?

One of the very great benefits of self-employment is being able to operate a business where you want and when you want, with only a laptop in tow. Virtual offices make it possible for start-ups to establish a professional image without breaking the bank.

Virtual offices provide a professional address, presenting an established company, spurs website optimisation and keeps your business and home life separate. It gives you a city-centre location whilst disregarding the daily commute, increasing both workplace productivity and your free-time. Lastly and most importantly, virtual offices allow businesses to save money and invest that money in growth – for every penny you save through a lack of bills, rent, insurance and maintenance, you can invest back into expanding your company. 

We spoke to some of our virtual tenants to find out why they wanted a virtual office, comments included;

“Didn't want my business to look amateur by using a home address”

“Needed a Liverpool City Centre address, but did not need office space”

“The nature of my business means I would not want it registered at my home address. And I simply do not need an actual office”

“It is a good option to separate business from family”

“As I am out at client’s premises a lot and have a home office, I didn't need full time office facilities, but did want to portray a professional business image”

As a virtual office user at 54 St James Street our reception team will receive and hold postal mail for collection and welcome your visitors when notified in advance. You will receive a 10% discount on meeting room bookings within the building, inclusion in web and social media promotion and access to free wireless internet access in the Centre.

We asked our virtual tenants what it is they like most about being based at 54 St James Street, comments included:
“Support from the WO and feeling of belonging in the building”

“We have been very happy with the virtual office service provided to date and with how we have been looked after/dealt with when booking and using meeting space”

“I think you have a great office facility there and wish I had the need to use it more frequently”

We have a dedicated team to take care of your virtual office requirements and packages that start from only £18 per month*. You can call in and have a chat with our Buildings Manager Laura Anderson, you can email us at venue@thewo.org.uk or you can even arrange your virtual office over the phone (0151 706 8111). 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#GEW2016: What Are The W.O Doing For Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship – and it is back in the UK for 2016. This week long festival of live events taking place throughout the country celebrates and cultivates our national entrepreneurship ecosystem and helps people at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey get the help they need.

From the 14th-20th November, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 will be taking place, and as always The Women’s Organisation will be getting involved! With got a schedule full of exciting events and workshops for #GEW2016 next week and the following week!
So what are we up to?!

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world's biggest celebration of entrepreneurship and it is back in the UK for 2016! We are embracing the GEW theme of 'Make It Happen' this year and invite you to get hints and tips from our 5-strong line-up of women in business on how to...

Make Yourself Heard!
Listen to Press and PR experts on how to get your business stories shared and heard

Make Yourself Visible!
How can you make sure that your business personality shines through in your marketing and branding?

Make Yourself Known!
Tips on getting to know who exactly is who at the event!

One of the best ways an entrepreneur or business owner can make their business work for them on Social Media is through LinkedIn!

LinkedIn is a powerful marketing tool that will allow you to build a professional presence and with our Get LinkedIn for Business Success course we will guide you towards building an expert profile which will allow you to directly influence and interact with your target audience and potential customers of your business.

Our Get LinkedIn for Business Success course will give you the advice and resources to help you create and build a professional and expert LinkedIn profile for your business. Having an expert LinkedIn profile will help you to connect with the right contacts and networks to grow your business.

Thursday 17th November
Entrepreneurs Drop-In Clinic at Liverpool Central Library

From 1-4pm at Liverpool Central Library, if you’re an entrepreneur with burning questions to ask, this is the place to be! Meet with our experts Ali McGrath and other enterprise whizzes and get support, advice and answers! Simply drop in and someone will be able to have a chat with you!

The W.O’s Erasmus Plus ACE Trip to Cyprus

Now, you aren’t strictly invited to this one but we will be keeping you updated on Social Media! On Saturday 4 of our lovely W.O team will be headed to Nicosia in Cyprus as part of the Erasmus Plus ACE project we are a part of! Along with 5 other countries we’ll be undertaking some exciting training on the topic on lifestyle entrepreneurship. So if you want to find out what we’re up to be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter!

We already can’t wait for the #GEW2016 to start and hope you’ll get involved in the activities that are going on. And if you can’t make it to any of them, be sure to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GEW2016 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Make It Happen For Your Business At #WOBizClub on November 16th!

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world's biggest celebration of entrepreneurship and it is back in the UK for 2016! We are embracing the GEW theme of 'Make It Happen' this year and invite you to get hints and tips from our 5-strong line-up of young women in business on how to...

Wednesday November 16th - 6pm-8:30pm - 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Business Club Members £5 / Non Members £10

Make Yourself Heard!

Listen to Press and PR experts on how to get your business stories shared and heard

Make Yourself Visible!

How can you make sure that your business personality shines through in your marketing and branding?

Make Yourself Known! 

Tips on getting to know who exactly is who at the event!

These three areas of discussion are your chances to grill our experts and ask the questions you’ve always wanted answers to about how to make exactly what you want happen in your business!

We will be joined by 5 incredible young business women from across the city, each with their own area of expertise and skills who are willing to share the knowledge with you!

Lauren Greene - Founder of Chic PR & Events and the North West Fashion Festival!  Hot off the heels of her latest and biggest event yet; The 2016 North West Fashion Festival at St George's Hall - Lauren Greene is one in-demand business woman! Lauren began her first business Chic PR & Events back in 2013 and now works with a whole host of fashion, lifestyle and beauty businesses both nationally and internationally. 

Anna Khanna - An entrepreneur who has achieved financial freedom by the age of 29! Anna is a network marketing professional and entrepreneur who helps other like-minded driven people create an additional stream of income with Utility Warehouse, a supplier of phone and broadband and gas and electricity services. 

Maya Battle - Aged just 23 Maya is the Social Media and Digital Marketing extraordinaire for international distribution company, Ditto Music

Janet Tansley - A journalist for 33 years, 28 of which were spent at the Liverpool Echo, Janet began her career there as a news reporter, before moving on to work in the features department where she had a variety of roles including women's editor and features editor. Think of a subject, and Janet has probably written about it! 

Dawn Collinson - Working as a journalist with the Liverpool Echo, Dawn has, for the past 18 years, focused on writing with an emphasis on human interest and celebrity. Dawn also contributed to fashion and beauty content heading up the coverage of the Aintree Grand National for the past decade! 

So! If you want to get your questions answered by some of these fantastic industry experts, then Make It Happen! And come along to the event! As well as a panel discussion there will of course be time for a question and answer session, where we will be dividing the room up so you have time to speak to each industry expert! And time for networking as always! 

This event is supported by the Skills and Opportunities Fund. This fund is one of the many ways that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is contributing to the communities they live and work in. In 2015, they committed £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland, and they have allocated at further £2.5m to be split across two rounds in 2016.