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Client News: Liverpool author encourages local children to share their lockdown experiences for the British Library's ‘digital time capsule’

Children now have the opportunity to be a part of history by sharing their experiences of life during the COVID-19 lockdown. Our Enterprise Hub client and children’s author, Natalie Reeves Billing, says these experiences will be displayed on a dedicated ‘Children of Lockdown’ website to be preserved as a digital time capsule by the British Library in the UK Web Archive. For this historic project, children aged between 3 and 17 are being asked to reflect on their lockdown experiences and use…

Job Opportunity: We're Recruiting for an experienced Business Adviser!

The Women’s Organisation is expanding our team by seeking to recruit an experienced Business Adviser to support the high quality delivery of women’s economic development services throughout the Liverpool City Region (Merseyside and Halton areas).  We are committed to flexible working and applicants applying for full time or part time posts will be considered. Could you be the right candidate? Apply now. Do you know…

Lockdown, Grief and Beyond

With lockdown now easing for most of the UK, it is hard to measure the lasting impact it will have on society. Many of us have dealt with individual struggles, from job loss to decline in mental health. Jenny Wallwork, Training Manager at The Women’s Organisation shared with us her personal journey of dealing with grief, and its implications during lockdown.  “Where do I start?  Lockdown for me has been a huge mental health rollercoaster for myself and my family. In normal times, the thought…

Two North West powerhouses ranked in world’s top 10 start-up cities, thanks to world class business support

Both Liverpool and Manchester have been ranked in the top 10 global emerging ecosystems for start-ups, thanks in part to access to start-up and scale-up support. Jackie Williams, Enterprise Director at The Women's Organisation Research by Startup Genome – 2020 Global Startup Ecosystem Report – has ranked the two North West powerhouses ninth in the world, ahead of locations including Dubai, Lyon and Chengdu in China. The report, which assessed 270 ecosystems around the world, scored the region…

Gear up to Grow with Brown Turner Ross: Maintain a Happy Household

Once lockdown was announced, the team at Brown Turner Ross immediately began working remotely, and have continued to see existing and new cases progress. Sam Bushell Director of Brown Turner Ross Every year, during the weeks following Christmas, lawyers like myself always see a surge in divorce enquiries, so much so that mid-January has a day labelled as “D Day”. It is apparent that long periods spent locked up at home together during the festive period is the final straw for many couples, who…

Leading social entrepreneur will use new academic role to promote ‘business for good’ agenda

A leading voice in women’s and social enterprise, Maggie O’Carroll, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Scotland’s University of Strathclyde, where she hopes to support the development of a more inclusive and socially focused approach to entrepreneurial education and research. Maggie O’Carroll has taken on the role to promote the ‘business for good’ agenda  Liverpool-based social entrepreneur and internationally leading voice on women’s enterprise, Maggie O’Carroll, has…

Change It: Renew is LIVE!

We are excited to announce the release of the latest sessions for our ‘Change It: Renew’ programme. With support from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to extend our offering to support vulnerable women right across the City Region to improve their resilience, coping mechanisms, and mental wellbeing through the current crisis and beyond. Our aim is for the sessions to create a safe, inclusive space for women to gather, connect…

The Chancellor's Summer Statement: Our Reaction

As we look towards economic recovery post COVID-19 it is essential that businesses are properly supported to start trading and start hiring again.  In today’s (Wednesday 8 July) Summer Statement we heard The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announce a package of measures to get our economy moving again, but there are still some sectors left with limited solutions. Maggie O’Carroll, CEO of The Women’s Organisation Maggie O’Carroll, CEO of The Women’s Organisation, says: “As we heard today, the…

Networking - Embracing New Thinking

The following is a guest blog by Johanna King The morning commute from your bedroom to the living room has become somewhat of a routine and you’ve managed to master an array of genius lunch recipes to compete with the likes of Pret and EAT so finally this permanently working from home lark is beginning to feel normal! But how about networking? The global pandemic has forced everyone to limit their interaction with others and ultimately rethink the way we operate on a day to day basis and unfortunately…

‘Why can't the Chancellor do the right thing by women entrepreneurs?’ ask leading women’s groups

The government has announced a partial U-turn on Covid-19 financial support for the self-employed which left new mothers at a significant financial disadvantage. But leading women’s enterprise groups say there is still more to be done.   Co-Chair of the WEPG and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Manchester Metropolitan University, Julia Rouse New mothers who had taken maternity leave in the last three years were previously being unfairly disadvantaged under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme…

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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