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Reacting & Adapting: Taking The Gildergreen bakery on the road

In this blog series we're catching up with entrepreneurs who are 'Reacting & Adapting' to make sure their business can survive and thrive through these unprecedented months. We first met Natasha Arbia last Summer, when she need some advice, support and direction in setting up her gluten-free bakery, The Gildergreen. As with many entrepreneurs, Natasha had to react fast and adapt her business model when the UK went into lockdown. She quickly launched a new delivery service, making sure her customers…

Women entrepreneurs are being unfairly penalised for taking maternity leave in COVID-19 financial support

The Chancellor says self-employed people who have had a “volatile income” will be fairly treated by the Self Employment Income Support scheme, but one social enterprise is making clear that taking maternity leave is not a so-called “bad business year”. New mothers who took maternity leave within the last assessment period are being unfairly disadvantaged in the Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), says The Women’s Organisation. Liverpool entrepreneur Jade Wright…

The Women’s Organisation steps up support for female entrepreneurs in lockdown

While its no longer “business as usual” for thousands across the City Region, The Women’s Organisation is offering entrepreneurs and SMEs a vital lifeline through its programme of online and virtual business advice, training, and webinars. Since lockdown began nearly 60 days ago the Liverpool-based social enterprise wasted no time in re-designing its services to fully operate on an online and telephone basis, with its programme of training and events as active as ever. Read on to find out…

1000’s of Companies at risk as Directors are missing out on Government financial support

Directors of limited Companies are falling through the cracks in the government’s COVID-19 support package, putting their companies and millions of jobs at risk. Leading social enterprise, The Women’s Organisation, is urging the Government to reconsider and plug the gaps in its COVID-19 financial support package to better protect Company Directors. The Women’s Organisation is warning that there are thousands of businesses, and therefore jobs, at risk because these owner/ Directors have no…

Reacting and adapting: the new business normal

Lockdown has changed the whole dynamic of business, but here in the Liverpool City Region business support agency, Enterprise Hub, is helping local entrepreneurs react and adapt to the new business normal. With workplaces and venues forced to close to ensure social distancing, many ventures have had to rapidly reassess their whole way of working. Here, we meet four Liverpool City Region businesses that have successfully transitioned to maintain a valuable service for their clients by ‘reacting…

It's OFFICIAL! We're one of the UK's top 100 social enterprises

The Women's Organisation has been named as one of the UK's top 100 social enterprises for its work delivering social impact across the Liverpool City Region and beyond. The NatWest SE100 Index, announced today (14 May) is the annual list of the UK’s leading 100 social enterprises, compiled by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest Social & Community Capital. With over 470,000 social enterprises operating across the country, this places the Liverpool-based organisation within the top 1%…

Support for businesses through Covid-19

We understand that this is a worrying and uncertain time for individuals and businesses alike and so 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 to help individuals manage personally. We’re here for you. This page will talk you through how we can support…

Our ask to Local Government: Small & social businesses MUST be able to access discretionary top-up fund easily & speedily

Last week The Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced a ‘discretionary’ fund to accommodate certain small businesses which were previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme, simply because of how they pay their business rates. The announcement followed a lobbying effort led by Liverpool-based social enterprise, The Women’s Organisation, with several Liverpool City Region MPs, CEO’s…

Reacting & Adapting: A positive picture for Outline Arts

In this blog series we're catching up with entrepreneurs who are 'Reacting & Adapting' to make sure their business can survive and thrive through these unprecedented months.  One business doing just that is Outline Arts, which has launched an online programme to help children and adults alike to unleash their inner artist and explore art as a tool to switch off and get creative through these difficult months. We caught up with founder and freelance art educator, Jennie Keegan, to find out more……

Turning Things Around: Leah's Journey

The gym saved Leah Clyne once – and following the Coronavirus outbreak, the gym has come to her rescue once again. Eight years ago, Middleton mum-of-three Leah was in a stressful media sales job. Leah Clyne Lack of sleep and a constant cycle of stress saw her sink into depression and turn for solace to the comfort of a drink; before she knew it, the reassurance of a glass of wine had become a daily habit. Under treatment by the doctor for depression, she said she didn’t mention her habit because…

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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