Selina Keedwell

Selina, Artistic Director of the Somerset Youth Theatre Community Interest Company, explains how they work in rural locations across Somerset, working with young people to provide a safe place for them to explore, create and find their voice through theatre. 

Lisa Lea-Weston

Lisa talks about how the enterprise, Talking Heads Supervision Ltd, brings external, professional supervision to head teachers and senior leadership teams around the UK. 

Carmen Wong

Carmen describes how Community Interest Company, JarSquad puts joy and connection in jars by bringing surplus fruit and veg and people together to create something “magic”

ladies attending OutsetCIC training event

Training programme roll-out from AWE

During the past few months, the AWE has been rolling out its programme of workshops designed specifically for women who want to get into or return to enterprise.

Ladies from the Le Club Normandie Pionnières Bootcamp

Successful trials of our Accelerator Bootcamps

We have already trialled our Bootcamp sessions in UK and in France. Bootcamps comprise more intensive training, where participants attend workshops over a series of days to gain the knowledge and skills they need to set up a business. We received great feedback from the women that attended.

Sharon Lobb

Sharon Lobb

Sharon Lobb felt the need for a change and a new challenge, which coincided with her daughter’s desire to start a new retail business. Therefore mother and daughter decided to go into business together. They wanted to build a retail business which sold quirky and unique things, as well as traditional and quality items for children.

The cake lady logo

Jo Onda

Jo realised that she might be able to turn her exceptional baking skills, having made cakes for her family, into a business. However she felt she did not possess the skills she needed to start her business, and she also lacked the confidence to do so.

Ruth Daddow

Ruth Daddow

Ruth Daddow, the founder of She Decorates is a painting and decorating business based in Redruth, Cornwall, focusing on residential properties and small businesses. Ruth has always enjoyed decorating, so when her teaching contract came to an end, her family and friends encouraged her do something different and to start a decorating business and she has not looked back since!