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We're celebrating a DOUBLE nomination for this year's Northern Power Women Awards!

We're up for a double nomination at this year's Northern Power Women Awards! The Women’s Organisation is shortlisted for Small and Medium Organisation alongside our CEO,  Maggie O’Carroll, who is in the running to be this year's Transformational Leader. Local trailblazers InnovateHer and the Girls Network are also shortlisted in the Small Organisation category for their work supporting and mentoring future talent. While Rob Melling, CEO of Curtins and Zoe Wallace, Director at Agent Academy,…

Guest Blog: Women in Business: Steps to a More Equal Workplace

Several industries in business continue to be male-dominated. For instance, statistics show that only around 12% of engineers in the UK are women. Engineering is a growing industry that offers a rewarding career path. By not considering engineering roles, girls are missing out on some of the most exciting career opportunities available. Fortunately, there have been several successful campaigns in recent years to encourage women to consider…

Helping Aleksandra get to grips with the beauty of business

Alexsandra Calka’s business journey is testament to the importance of hard-work, determination and staying focused on your goals, when it comes to succeeding in those all-important early years of starting a business. Alexsandra Kasprzyk, Owner of CoCo Beauty Clinic It was always a dream of Alexsandra’s to open her own salon, having previously worked as a beauty and massage therapist, but the timing was never quite right. It was only upon moving to their new home in Southport and falling in…

Restaurant business owner “proud” to share ceremony with female graduates

Restaurant business owner Nisha Katona said she was “so proud” to receive an honorary doctorate alongside a predominantly female cohort of graduates at Edge Hill University. Nisha Katona MBE   As founder, CEO and executive chef of Mowgli Street Food, Nisha was conferred with the title Honorary Doctor of Business Administration at one of three graduation ceremonies held on Saturday, 7th December. A keen ambassador for women in business, she commended…

CASE STUDY: Macy’s Café is serving up big social impact for the Halton community

For many years, Amanda McDonald had a dream of running her own café. This dream became a reality when she opened the doors to Macy’s Café back in January, with support from the Enterprise Hub programme. Based in The Grange Community Centre in Runcorn, Amanda has created an authentic space at the heart of her local community. Along with serving fresh, quality cooked food at affordable prices, Macy’s café has a strong social objective and provides free hot meals, drinks and essential supplies…

Double award success for our growth clients ADHD Foundation ????

Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation - the largest user-led ADHD agency in Europe - is celebrating two award wins. Dr Lloyd is listed in the prestigious OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models List 2019 for the third consecutive year and also takes home a Northern Leadership Award. Dr Lloyd has been named by diversity champion, INvolve in their OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models List 2019, supported by Yahoo Finance. The lists celebrate the work being done by LGBT+ and ally leaders…

Thousands of entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region are set to benefit as Enterprise Hub launches a second phase

Liverpool City Region’s “one front door” access point for business support is extended and expanded in a significant step forward for driving entrepreneurship across the region. Today  (26 November) saw the official launch of the second phase of the Enterprise Hub programme, marking the continuation of support available to those who are thinking about starting or growing a business. Maggie O'Carroll, CEO of The Women's Organisation (left) with Julia Sweeney, Director of European Programmes…

Guest blog: Encouraging male allies in the workplace

Kirsty Hulse, founder of Roar Training, is on a mission to level the professional playing field with her confidence, communication and allies workshops. She's penned us a guest blog on how male colleagues can better navigate the nuances of what it means to be a "good ally" to women in the workplace... Kirsty Hulse, founder of Roar Training It is no secret that the number of women in power is significantly less than men. In fact, according to the 2019…

From Start Up support to Scholarship Win: How Entrepreneur Liz is Changing Lives

Entrepreneur Liz Forshaw Care leaver and entrepreneur Liz Forshaw has recently embarked on the next chapter of her journey in “empowering, encouraging and inspiring children.”   The 31-year-old, who is studying BSc (Hons) Psychology at Edge Hill University, founded a business in 2010 to help build children’s confidence and resilience in a creative way, drawing on her own experiences as a teenager in care in the north Liverpool…

Smiles all round for Julie and the Dental Hygiene Studio

After over two decades working as a dental hygienist, Julie Fisher decided it was time to take the plunge and launch her own studio. Working with our team of advisors through the Enterprise Hub programme, Julie launched The Dental Hygiene Studio earlier this year – Wirral’s very first drop-in dental hygienist studio! Julie celebrating the launch of The Dental Hygiene Studio They do things a little differently at the Dental Hygiene Studio. A recent change in the law means that you no longer have…

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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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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