Sefton and Liverpool Women in Business

The Beginning

As I’m sure some of you will be aware, many of my reasons for founding Sefton & Liverpool Women in Business are born from some distressing and intense personal experiences, both my own and those of friends. What spurred me on to form this unique group or network of women, and begin educating, inspiring and encouraging girls and young women in our region, is the strength and support I have been able to draw from women in my circle of family and friends, as well as, and sometimes quite surprisingly, from women I only just met.

The help I have received from women over the past few years has helped me put myself back together following a violent and abusive marriage, and has formed friendships that made me realise, even in my darkest hours, that I was not alone in my suffering, that I wasn’t to blame and that I am in fact a normal woman, who fully deserves to be treated with respect, love and compassion.

I have received and continue to receive help, advice and friendship form all manner of women in setting up and running this business, other businesses I am involved in, and those of friends who I have worked for and tried to help grow over the last 15 years.

I should point out to you that I have also received help in abundance from lots of men, family members, friends, and a wonderful new partner who has changed my whole outlook on life and raised the bar on my idea of a happy, healthy and loving relationship. I was unlucky in my choice of ex partner, but on the other side of the coin I have wonderful brothers, and lovely step-dad and my grandad was my hero!

SLWIB however focuses on encouraging women to form alliances and encourage each other. I have been lucky enough to meet some of the kindest women in Sefton & Liverpool, and it has had a positive effect on my life, my business and my self esteem. My deepest hope for my business and for this blog, is that it will encourage other women to realise the value of small acts of kindness, and inspire them to offer the benefit of their experience, and that women in abusive relationships my take some strength and comfort from my experiences as I chronicle them and be encouraged to get themselves out. I want to see more women join us, making our one voice louder and stronger, and then we can start tackling other issues that affect the women of our communities.

Steph x

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