We are proud to be working with the following Partners delivering and involved with the following UK and International projects:
Sally Arkley MBE, Sally is the CEO of the former Women’s Business Development Agency, (WBDA) , now The Women’s Economy, which is the UK’s longest-standing women’s business support organisation. In 2008 Sally was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for her work in supporting women-owned businesses. Sally was appointed an MBE in 2010 for services to women’s enterprise.
The Women’s Economy (WE) helps women and girls to make confident decisions about their economic futures. It offers business support, leadership and enterprise education programmes for girls in schools and colleges as well as training business support professionals and teachers to support women and girls into enterprise awareness and successful business ownership.
WE is currently transferring its leadership programmes to universities in Italy and Switzerland. It is also campaigning for the development of programmes to encourage girls into technology-based employment and education in order to support economic priorities in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Pushpa Alexander, CEO of Headz Up Business, has been appointed to be a ‘Women Leader’ by Women’s Economy to assist in delivering EU Project ‘She Decides. You Succeed. ‘
West Midlands Tomorrow
Minster Development Centre was formed 30 years ago as a vocational centre for management, leadership. Learning & development & customer service qualifications but for the past 10 years we have been taking our knowledge to Europe and the association with Headz Up Business has been truly inspirational.
Our sister organisation West Midlands Tomorrow is a private non-profit organisation existing for 15 years. It has contributed to partnerships with its expertise in terms of project managing in the areas of business support, envisioning, tourism, culture. The role of women in business has changed massively over the 100 years since women fought for the right to vote. How we do business has changed and technology is continuing to break down barriers and stereotypes, not least in providing an access to employment for women; their roles no longer being the nurturing one but that of contributing to the finances of the household. In addition to empowering it brings its own challenges – the life balance, skills development, leadership, taking responsibility etc. Society has made a start but there is much more work to be done.
We received approval to a European project Women Innovating Networking to run from 2010-2012 and contributed by organising an international meeting in which some regional examples of networking were presented. Our motive was to look at how networking is used as a means of fostering entrepreneurship and thereby creating new networks and developing more business opportunities. The participating organisations were from Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom & Latvia. The WIN partnership has allowed us to see the existing differences among the participating regions in terms of networking, and personal development However, partners also the opportunity to detect common issues shared by all EU regions. Apart from differences, we found it more interesting focusing on similarities. The focus on networking & social media enabled us to work closely with Headz Up Business to see not only how entrepreneurs work in their small business in rural areas but also in poor industrial areas and, especially, see how they face the same problems. This has been tremendously useful for all the learners & partners. We were also invited by the Mayors of each Region of the partner countries we visited to discuss our project, and how the European lifetime learning programme could benefit their country, region & area and we gained photo opportunities, press releases, etc.
Our visit to the networking event organised by Headz Up Business was truly inspirational and our partners reflected that they had no such facility in their countries but would be going back to initiate them.! The Mayor of Walsall Councillor Gary Clarke was enthusiastic in not only meeting the group but entertaining them to tea in the Mayors Parlour and a tour of Council Chambers