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Meet the Team: Rachel Jones!

Having grown up down south, Rachel moved to Liverpool to start a degree at University of Liverpool and now calls this city home. She’s recently joined our team at The Women’s Organisation as a Finance Officer, and we’d like you to get to know her too! What’s your full name and where are you from? Rachel Louise Jones. I grew up in Kent but home for me now is in Warwickshire. Tell me how you first found out about The Women’s Organisation and become part of our team? I stumbled across The…

Making PR Sweet: How Social Sugar Thrive in The Industry

Combining 25 years industry experience in PR and the desire to run her own business, Lara Besbrode found herself moving back to the UK after years living overseas to become more actively involved in the rise of social media. Setting up Social Sugar, the PR and Digital Agency has seen an increase in turnover and expanded it's team since being established in 2016.  Lara Besbrode, Managing Director of Social Sugar Being a single parent to 3 children and finding herself as the sole bread winner to…

How to send a press release in five simple steps

When it comes to getting your business name out there, good PR is a trick you can’t afford to miss. And one of the most effective tools to communicate your message is through the good old-fashioned press release.  As a small business owner its important you get your name out there as quickly (and cheaply!) as possible. So, we’ve rounded up the steps to not only creating the perfect press release, but also the inside scoop on how to get great coverage in the press. Here’s how to send a press…

Story Explorers: New mum Claire strikes the balance in her first year of business

After a whirlwind career taking her from Buckingham Palace to working as an undercover surveillance officer, Claire Jackson decided it was time to take control and re-adjust her work-life balance following the birth of her daughter.  Claire found that her work wasn’t flexible enough for her to strike a good work-life balance. A dilemma which many new mums and women returners face. She says: “My previous role was pressured in what I was expected to do and so I found it difficult. Certain issues…

We Got 'A Taste of Business' with Talks from Posh Nosh and our Enterprise Hub Team

Last week we invited serial food entrepreneur Anthony Zausmer to join us at 54 St James Street to share his pearls of wisdom with budding food and drink entrepreneurs. With over 40 years in the industry Anthony has watched businesses come and go in the city region and has learned valuable lessons himself along the way of how to make a business sustainable. Pricing has been one of the key areas Anthony has had to reevaluate, and with business partner Hannah (owner of Fodder Canteen).  Having recently…

Guest Blog: Just why are there so many dyslexic entrepreneurs?

The following is a guest blog from freelance journalist, copywriter, PR and media communications professional Jasmine Comer.  Just why are there so many dyslexic entrepreneurs? And what we can all learn from their way of thinking in Dyslexia Awareness Week (1-7 October) What do Cath Kidston, Jo Malone and Anita Roddick all have in common?  They’re all hugely successful business women I hear you say. Well yes, that’s true. But they have something else that binds them - they’re all dyslexic.…

The maker space making its mark on Liverpool's creative scene

The Make Liverpool team approached The Women’s Organisation for business development support under our growth programme; New Markets 2. We caught up with co-director Kirsten Little to find out how business is going. Kirsten Little, co-director of Make Liverpool Describing itself as ‘a place to play, make and fix; bring an idea and take away your invention,’ Make Liverpool is a maker space which crosses the boundaries. It’s a place where digital and creative businesses work alongside artists…

A New Digital Age for Lynne with Stripe Virtual Services

With an extensive professional portfolio, Lynne wanted to go it alone and become her own boss stating the work-life balance as her key motivator: “I wanted to set up my own business for a long time, especially after we had our children. I wanted to try and achieve the work-life balance for my family.” Having worked within the digital sector for practically her whole career, taking the leap into self-employment was a big decision for Lynne with ‘self-doubts and insecurities’ as her biggest…

In the Media: UK Enterprise Expert Meets Liverpool City Region's Economic Influencers

Liverpool Business Group in conjunction with the Enterprise Hub drew together key local economic influencers for a roundtable event with one of the UK’s leading experts on enterprise research policy and practice, Professor Mark Hart, to consider how an innovative and focused enterprise policy and practice approach can inspire and propel business start-up and growth in the Liverpool City Region. Vibrant entrepreneurship is a vital component for any ambitious city, generating wealth, creating jobs…

Networking with other women in business – what you need to know

Being a business woman can be tough and challenging. There is no instruction manual that comes with role, so it sometimes feels like you are negotiating the edge of the precipice; this is what makes life in business so interesting and exciting. One of the best ways of successfully avoiding going over the precipice is to network with other women in business. You can learn from each other and be supportive, in what tends to be a male dominated environment. But how can you make networking a successful…

More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker

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Enterprise Hub Presents: Planning for Success - Business Planning Course

Enterprise Hub Presents: Planning for Success - Business Planning Course This one day course is the starting point for thinking about a business plan…

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Using Facebook, Instagram and Simple Social Media Video

The Women's Organisation's Business Skills Academy brings you a series of masterclass events shining a spotlight on key social media marketing techniques…

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