This is at the heart of our support for women in business
The Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) is the major project that is at the heart of The Women’s Organisation. This £5.3m flagship initiative helps us to measurably improve the rates and performance of women’s economic participation and female entrepreneurship by providing:
- A 2000m2 state of the art facility, housing up to 28 actual incubation spaces for new and high growth women enterprises and 80 virtual incubation spaces.
- High quality gender focused economic development and business support programmes concentrating on enterprise culture, leadership, start up, green and knowledge economy enterprises, innovation, growth and sustainability commissioned through public sector partners.
- An internationally renowned research and knowledge centre by connecting with leading academics from across the globe on women’s enterprise and wider economic development issues which
The Women’s International Centre for Economic Development will contribute to:
- Deeply integrating world-wide networks and developing global collaborations and knowledge exchange
- Convening communities of world class academics, women entrepreneurs; public and third sector practitioners to contribute to the global knowledge development and transfer mechanisms of female entrepreneurship agendas
- Positioning the Liverpool City region as one the most women business friendly places
- Accelerating the start-up, diversity and sustainability of indigenous-women-owned businesses through the provision of gender friendly business support and developing highly skilled and customer focused managers within those businesses
- Enabling more knowledge-economy-driven, women-owned businesses
- Developing women’s participation in quality employment to support a competitive, market driven business environment
- Contributing to a knowledge base that supports gender equality work within and without public sector, private and civil institutions
WICED was recently featured in Department for Communities and Local Government's Supporting Local Government report as one of four North West Projects that have successfully impacted the local economy thanks to ERDF funding.
Since development in 2010 WICED at 54 St James Street has helped to created over 1000 new businesses, created over 2000 new jobs, been a physical home to over 150 businesses and become a landmark in the city as the first dedicated space for women's enterprise.
Read more in the full report which can be downloaded here.