Women’s Organisation and BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour

I’ve just spent a Monday morning in a room full of inspirational women. Now, I’m not all about the ‘girl power’ but I will say that when you’re a women (which I am) in a world that is most definitely separated by the sexes, a room full of women wanting to improve themselves and move things forward is certainly not to be missed.

I was at the Women’s Organisation in Liverpool. The multimillion pound building was built with the aim of helping and supporting the progress of women in business. Relying totally on funding, it arranges support, advice and direction for women who have ever thought about, have set up or are already in business. This morning they were to be host to the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour – dedicated totally to women in business.

Four women, who are all brilliant in business but in very different ways, were on the panel hosted by Jane Garvey. They were Judith McKenna, Asda’s Chief Operating Officer, Sophie Cornish, co-founder of notonthehighstreet.com , Sharmadean Reid, Director of WAH Nails and Dawn Gibbins who helped build a multi-million pound business in a male orientated industry.

All four certainly have their own merits and one thing that came out of the morning was that of the confidence they had in themselves to succeed and the support of a mentor. These are two things I certainly believe are key points to think about when setting up a business on your own.

This morning wasn’t just a panel of women talking about business but an insight for anyone, male or female, that want to succeed in business. Key points were raised that you really must have in order for your business to move forward.
The women were also all willing to do their bit to help others, be it mentoring, advice or support in some way or another.
So whether you are male or female, remember that there are organisations and people out there willing to help – all you need to do is ask.

On another note – the venue was amazing, Fully equipped with up to date technology, clean and tidy with a very high calibre feel to it, the centre offers numerous meeting and conference rooms over the four floors and additional offices for rent.
Based within 15 minutes’ walk to Liverpool Lime Street it’s easily accessible and also has the facility for car parking (although charges may apply).

With facilities to provide catering onsite, the venue really can offer everything you need for a business meeting or conference and was, actually, perfect for this morning’s show.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this venue and its staff (who were all extremely helpful) and the BBC Radio 4 event really showed how well organised they are.

So, for anyone who is thinking of holding a small business meeting or conference (up to 150 people) in the Liverpool area, consider the Women’s Organisation as a possibility, I’ll certainly be considering them.

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