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‘Chancellor, we’re not in this together’, say female enterprise experts

Business and academic leaders are urging Rishi Sunak to give women’s enterprise a voice and a seat at the policy table. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has laid out a suite of policies to support small businesses which have so far fallen through the cracks in Coronavirus support schemes, promising they “have not been forgotten”, but now business and academic leaders have come together to call for more urgent action to support women’s enterprise. Campaigners say there are still a host of female entrepreneurs…

Change It: Renew Programme

Has the Coronavirus crisis impacted your confidence or wellbeing? Our support for women in the Liverpool City Region is here to help… We’re excited to announce our ‘Change It: Renew’ programme of support to help women across the Liverpool City Region to improve their resilience, coping mechanisms and mental wellbeing. We understand that the Coronavirus pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for women – many of whom have found themselves bearing the brunt of the crisis, both at…

Gear Up to Grow with Elaine Clarke: Expert in the Hospitality Industry

Next in the Gear up to Grow series, CEO of Baa Bar Limited, Elaine Clarke, reflects on her three-decade career in the hospitality industry and the importance of supporting the safety and well-being of her team. Elaine Clarke - CEO of Baa Bar Limited I’ve been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years and during my career I have certainly had my fair share of challenges.   From the daily challenge that comes with being a woman, operating at one time 13 bars and clubs across the North, to…

Gear Up to Grow with Natalie Hughes: Expert in Finance

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought on new challenges in terms of our work-life balance. NatWest Business Growth Enabler Natalie Hughes discusses some of these issues and what we can learn from them. Natalie Hughes - Business Growth Enabler at Natwest Covid-19 has changed many of our workplaces. Many of us have been asked to work from home including myself to support our customers with funding needs and support through the pandemic. But the addition of home-schooling, childcare or care for an elderly…

Gear Up to Grow: What our clients have to say...

In our new series, #GearUptoGrow, we're helping new businesses think about what steps they need to take next to boost their business. if you're thinking about growing, whether this is rethinking your marketing, taking on new staff or looking for help with your bookkeeping, we're here to help. Here's what our clients Lotte Manson of Land Coffee and Vicky Gawith of Merseymade had to say about our support... …

Canine outfitter Jane Fights Pandemic Pressure to Increase Turnover 800%

It has been said that retail has changed in the past five weeks more than the past five years following the coronavirus lockdown. And Jane Nketiah is probably more aware of that than anyone, having signed up more shops for her online canine outfitters business in the past two weeks than the past two months after the seismic shift from bricks to clicks. She creates unique outfits for dogs, including collars and harnesses, leads, bow ties, and coats, but her USP is she makes everything in ranges,…

Kickstarter for Greater Manchester Budding Entrepreneurs

During difficult times it is often time for reflection and change.  The COVID 19 Pandemic is no different with many finding their circumstances changing dramatically.  Whether furloughed from work, finding themselves out of work for the first time in a long time, or juggling multiple roles, it will no doubt have meant many are questioning whether now is the time to look at a different way of working. Self-employment for many is a dream they keep in their back pocket wondering if they could ever…

Gear Up to Grow with Emma Carey: Expert in the Law Industry

Next in the Gear up to Grow series, Industry leader and Managing Partner of MSB Solicitors, Emma Carey, shares her thoughts on lockdown and the impact on business. Emma Carey On the 11th March, covid-19 was declared to be a pandemic – industry leaders across the world began to implement responses with no real precedent to guide us. From the outset it was clear to me that we must protect the staff. Within one-week all fee earning staff were working from home and support staff who could not carry…

Gear Up to Grow: 7 Ways Women Are Growing Their Businesses In 2020

The success of women has a massive positive impact on the labour force and the growth of an economy. It is therefore imperative that optimal entrepreneurial conditions are created for female business owners across the globe so that women can continue to be key drivers of economic growth. In 2020, the number of female-owned businesses and their success continues to rise, despite the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. Forbes…

Gear Up to Grow with Jayne Moore: Expert in the Marketing Industry

Following the announcement that non-essential retailers can now open, most businesses across the UK are now gradually starting to operate again – whether this be online or in person. As lockdown restrictions begin to lift further, we hear from some of the regions brightest business minds on their own journey through lockdown and what advice they would give businesses transitioning into the new normal. First up in the Gear up to Grow series, we hear from Jayne Moore, Founder of Jayne Moore Media…

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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