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Thousands of businesses missing out on Government support due to Business Rates failure

Thousands of legitimate small businesses are missing out on vital financial support packages because of how they pay their business rates. Leading social enterprise, The Women’s Organisation, is urging national and local government to work together and simplify rules to stop small firms falling through the cracks in the Chancellor’s COVID-19 financial support package. Rishi Sunak has introduced wide-ranging measures to provide a safety net for businesses during the current social-distancing…

Award Success for Jennifer's Mini Interior Design Company

Home decor enthusiast, Jennifer Kay, is ensuring that interior design is an affordable luxury for all through her business, The Mini Interior Design Company.  Now trading for over two years, The Mini Interior Design Company has gone from strength to strength, fuelled by Jennifer’s passion for design and creativity and a commitment to low-cost, accessible makeovers. Recently, Jennifer was awarded a ‘Best of Houzz 2020’ badge by Best of Houzz awards, recognising her above-and-beyond customer…

Wellbeing Tips for Working from Home

Right now, more people are working from home than ever before.  For most of us, this is something new: we’re used to going in to work in the morning, having coffee breaks and meetings with our colleagues, and signing off for the day when we leave the office. Maintaining a routine and looking after our wellbeing becomes even more important when our home and work lives become intermingled; here are some tips on how to make working from home as easy as possible. Create a routine Rule 101 of working…

Create whilst you isolate.

The following is a guest blog from Catherine Rogers – Cut Out Collage Whether you’re an art scene regular, a curious creative or stuck at home looking for things to do, making art during this period of isolation is a sure-fire way to positively impact your mental wellbeing and escape the worldwide conversation of these strange times! Hi, I’m Catherine, the founder of Cut Out Collage. Before everything changed, I was running creative workshops across Liverpool, giving artist talks, exhibiting…

TOMORROW! Live Twitter Q&A with The Business Forward Clinic

The Business Forward Innovation and Resilience Clinic is taking to Twitter to answer your business questions during a live Q&A. 54 St James Street's monthly clinic for the local business community will be going ahead as a live Twitter Q&A tomorrow (Thursday 26 March) between 11am - 12pm. It's a worrying and uncertain time for businesses and the self-employed and so it is more important than ever to reach out for support, advice and guidance to help you navigate your business through these…

EntreComp at work in China

Insights from Jing Zhang, The Women's Organisation and Enterprise Evolution’s partner in China After reading EntreComp into Action, I realised it could help improve the enterprise education provision in China. I became passionate about it after hearing Dr. Margherita Bacigalupo’s elaboration on how it could be used in her presentation at IEEC 2018 International Enterprise Educators Conference where we shared the platform as keynote speakers .  In April 2019, I invited Margherita to visit China…

5 tips for successful virtual meetings

It’s no surprise that, given the events of the last few weeks, more and more businesses are moving online. Thanks to modern technology, there is no end to the tools you can find to continue to communicate effectively, despite being at home. But what makes virtual meetings successful?  Keep it simple First and foremost, identify what tools are right for your business and stick to it. It’s easy to get swept up and overwhelmed with the amount of technology that is on offer, opting for too many…

Helpful business resources during COVID-19

Developments with the COVID-19 outbreak have escalated in the UK over the past few days, which has led to many businesses worrying what this means for the future. There are a number of initiatives being put in place to help businesses who may be affected by Coronavirus. We’ve compiled helpful, practical steps you can take to support your business: Government Support On 17th March, the Chancellor announced a massive £350 billion in financial measures to provide a lifeline for many businesses.…

Our statement in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments

In response to COVID-19 we have now redesigned all of our services to operate on a telephone or virtual basis. We understand that this is a worrying and uncertain time for individuals and businesses. As such we would like to assure you that The Women's Organisation is, as always, here to support you in any way we can. Whether this be through our team of expert business advisers who are on hand to help guide you through these difficult times and continue to thrive, or through our range of support…

Andrea's Story: 'This programme has changed me for the better'

Andrea turned to the Women’s Organisation’s Change It to support her in her postpartum depression recovery journey. Andrea, 38-year-old mum of four and grandmother of two gave birth to her fourth child in 2018.  After giving birth, she began to suffer from post-partum depression, which left her feeling isolated, anxious and overwhelmed. ‘I felt alone, unworthy, and a failure in every aspect of my life…I had very low confidence and wanted to build up a better understanding of myself and…

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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** In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have now redesigned our services to operate on a virtual basis and all upcoming training courses…

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MY TURN - Confidence Building (Wirral)

Teaming up with Citizens Advice and RAISE, My Turn is a programme of support designed to help unemployed men and women in the Liverpool City Region focus…

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