Empowering female entrepreneurs
As a painter and decorator, Caz Jackson found it really tough being a woman working in a male-dominated industry and came up against constant obstacles. She dreamed of starting her own enterprise and hiring other trades-women like herself, but didn’t know how to go about it.
Thankfully, she learned about The Women’s Organisation, who exist to enable and empower female entrepreneurs, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. They were able to give her advice and support as she planned her business, and a start-up grant to get going.
The organisation’s inspiring CEO, Maggie O’Carroll, recognises that, “in the UK, we simply don’t have enough businesses started by women, and there’s a massive loss to the UK economy as a result.” Since its foundation in 1996 the organisation has reached and supported a staggering 50,000 women within Merseyside and the Greater Manchester region. To continue their momentum, they found themselves in need of working capital last year, and NatWest Social & Community Capital were able to quickly meet this need. Maggie said, “The loan facility came at a critical time for us which really made it possible to see us through a key period. NatWest Social & Community Capital recognised that not only could we deliver economic gains, but social gains as well.”
Caz now runs a fully fledged painting and decorating business, giving employment to female joiners, electricians and plasterers. She credits The Women’s Organisation as the foundation for her success, “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”