On July 13th over 100 entrepreneurs in Liverpool quizzed a panel of media experts on how to get the best exposure for their businesses.
The event, at Liverpool’s Central Library was organised by, Enterprise Hub, to celebrate the creation of 500 new businesses over the past 18 months.
The latest entrepreneurs in the Liverpool City Region were invited to the ‘Meet the Media’ evening, chaired by The Women’s Organisation co-founder and chief executive, Maggie O’Carroll.
|The event location – Liverpool’s Central Library!
Panelists, from the world of TV, radio, print and online news, featured Tony McDonough, of Liverpool-based business website YB News, TV and print journalist Brigid Benson, Copy Media, an agency created last September by former Liverpool ECHO journalists Dawn Collinson and Jane Tansley, and BBC Radio Merseyside reporter, producer and presenter, Jimmy McCracken.
Research and Partnership Development Officer and Co-Founder of the Women’s Equality Party Liverpool; Pamela Ball, chaired the discussion.
Pamela had also received support through Enterprise Hub to set up her own consultancy business and said: ‘Without Enterprise Hub and the advice and guidance I received through the programme, I would have been afraid to take the leap.
Even though I had been previously employed at a senior level, taking control of every aspect of your own business is a different story, and Enterprise Hub gives you the skills and support to do so.’
|Cllr Gary Millar & Pamela Ball
Maggie O’Carroll, Chief Executive of The Women’s Organisation said: ‘This evening’s Meet the Media event has been a fantastic success.
It’s has been a great opportunity for some of the individuals who have started their own businesses after accessing support through Enterprise Hub to gain expert and insider knowledge from a panel of our cities media professionals.
Enterprise Hub is celebrating having supported 500 businesses to start since our inception and we are now looking forward to the future of helping more individuals across Liverpool City Region through our extensive programme of enterprise advice and support.’
Principal of The City of Liverpool College Elaine Bowker said: “In the last 10 years, we have seen the entrepreneurial spirit in Liverpool transform the landscape and the mood of the city, which is thriving a in a new renaissance where opportunities are in abundance.
“As the college for business we have joined forces with the Women’s Organisation and the programme offers budding entrepreneurs practical tools and training to help realise their career ambitions.
|An amazing turnout!
“Our partnership was made to boost the prospects of men and women in Liverpool and inspire students to develop their ideas into businesses.
“There are now 500 business owners who are in control of their own destiny and who have laid the foundations of their own businesses to thanks to the Women’s Organisation with the college’s support and that is fantastic.
“I would like to thank the journalists from the various media for attending the event and giving the entrepreneurs crucial advice in exposing their businesses and the great work the Women’s Organisation do.”
Enterprise Hub is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and aims to help entrepreneurs through Liverpool City Region and aims to help entrepreneurs throughout the region realise their business ambitions by providing expert advice and support.’
|Our fantastic panel!
This includes helping people, both men and women, understand the process of starting a business, research their business idea, create a sustainable business plan or marketing plan, create financial forecasts to understand the cost of running a business, and identify sources of finance to get started.
To qualify for Enterprise Hub you have to live in Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens or Halton, and not yet registered as self-employed.
The City of Liverpool College is the accountable body for Enterprise Hub, but, The Women’s Organisation, which is celebrating its 21stbirthday and has helped more than 50,000 women in that time, takes the lead on delivering the programme, as the managing agent.
Enterprise Hub which was launched in December 2015 and aims to support 6,000 people from the region to get their business ideas off the ground as part of the three-year programme.