AP director Suzanne Quinney marked International Women’s Day today by taking part in a panel discussion on the role of women entrepreneurs and leaders in Liverpool. The event, organised by economic development agency Liverpool Vision, included a breakfast networking event at the Epstein Theatre, and the opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesswomen to hear from and engage with dynamic female role models and business leaders.
A Vision spokesperson said: ‘Liverpool Vision recognises the contribution female entrepreneurs are making to the renaissance and prosperity of the city and wants to work with them to strengthen and accelerate the city’s considerable economic recovery and growth. We want to hear from female entrepreneurs about the prospects for businesses and what more could be done to assist women-led businesses to develop and grow. At an exciting time in the city’s history, the event also aims to encourage wider female entrepreneurship and participation in Liverpool Vision’s innovative business start-up programme I’m Liverpool I’m Business.‘
Alongside Suzanne, the panel included:
• Louise Baldock from Local Marketing Liverpool, and a Councillor for Kensington and Fairfield Ward in Liverpool. Louise represents the Merseyside Constituencies on the North West Regional Labour Party board; vice chair of Venture Housing Association and is involved in new business start-ups in areas of high unemployment.
• Pauline Daniels – owner of The Actors Studio; columnist for Liverpool Echo
• Gill Torres – editor of Down South Liverpool Magazine and owner of Construction Pool, a business development network for the property and construction sector, focused predominantly on the north of England but with expansion planned
• Liz Lacey, Liverpool Vision’s growth and development manager
Suzanne said: ‘I really enjoyed being part of a panel with such a wide range of experience and views – and humour – and the chance to network with some great women.‘