The Women’s Organisation issues call to find inspirational ‘Scouse Superwoman’

Maggie O'Carroll

THE search for a ‘Scouse Superwoman’ has begun.

Entrepreneurs’ champion The Women’s Organisation is producing a book featuring 21 of the Liverpool City Region’s most outstanding female business founders.

Twenty chapters have already been written. Now the St James Street-based agency has put out a call for nominations for the final piece in the jigsaw to highlight the outstanding examples of entrepreneurship throughout the region, which is helping to build more businesses and create more jobs.

The book is part of the organisation’s 21st anniversary celebrations throughout 2017.

It will feature interviews with 21 inspirational and empowering women.

The full roll call of these influential business leaders will be revealed when the book is published in February, next year.

But The Women’s Organisation is now calling for suggestions for their final interviewee.

Abi Inglis, spokeswoman for the group, said: “If there is a woman in your life, or in your community, in your family or one of your friends, whether she is your employer, your employee, or a woman you might have met only once, if you think she is simply empowering and inspiring, tell us who she is.”

She added: “We are looking specifically for a woman who is living in Merseyside, so we can interview her and invite her to a photoshoot – but other than that, it’s down to you.

“All you need to do is send us a few sentences about why you think they should be our 21st woman.”

You can email your suggestions to Abi at abiinglis@thewo.org.uk by Monday, November 13.

Since The Women’s Organisation was founded 21 years ago, initially as Train 2000, it has helped more than 50,000 women create, or improve their businesses.

The venture now operates from its own £5.3m purpose-built hub at 54 St James Street, which also provides incubator space for almost 120 budding entrepreneurs.

Co-founder and chief executive Maggie O’Carroll said: “From personal development, to starting and growing a sustainable business, our core focus is to make an impact on the lives of women and communities – locally, nationally and internationally.

“We have worked tirelessly to challenge and change the under-representation of female-owned businesses and we are proud of the impact we have had on the Liverpool City Region.”

She added: “There is still a long way to go, but for us, every success is celebrated and is a step in the right direction.

“We intend to continue supporting and enabling women to become economically empowered, as we have done for the past 21 years.”

So far The Women’s Organisation has:

  • Offered advice and support to more than 50,000 women around enterprise and employment;
  • Provided intensive enterprise support to more than 15,000 women;
  • Helped to establish in excess of 3,000 new businesses.

Just two years after the organisation was launched it was recognised internationally for best practice in enterprise services with a Eurocities award.

And it has continued to work with local, national and international partners to develop support models to enable women to become business owners.

Earlier this year it celebrated its latest mission to China, where Alison Price and Lisa McMullan, principal consultants for the organisation’s Enterprise Evolution programme, delivered workshops in entrepreneurial teaching techniques to more than 125 teachers in the city of Nanjing, and met with colleagues from more than 10 institutions in the Jiangsu region.