I was surprised to learn that The Baltic is ahead of the curve in terms of supporting and encouraging women into business. Half of the board of the Baltic Triangle CIC are female and there are more women running businesses in this region of Liverpool than the national average. Perhaps that’s due to the number of creative businesses based here, or maybe it’s down to the forward thinking and inclusive nature of this up and coming business district?
As a business owner myself (now that really does sound weird!) I wanted to learn more about women in business and find out why they’ve chosen The Baltic, Liverpool. Having received some amazing support from The Women’s Organisation (which also happens to be based in The Baltic) I was introduced to Russell Gannon, Communications Director of Baltic Triangle CIC and Managing Director of Easytech Solutions Ltd, who then put me in touch with Amy Farnworth.
Amy, a freelance journalist and budding film maker who regularly contributes to the Baltic Triangle website and social content, joined me in discussion over who to contact and how to put this together and it didn’t take us long to conclude that a film would better serve the website and social content. We are launching the film on International Women’s Day (8th March) and 100 years after some women were able to vote. How far we’ve come in that time!
We sought out a range of both new and established businesses, across a range of sectors, with women at the helm who are based in the area and we interviewed 8 women:
Jo Morfee – Liverpool Girl Geeks
Lynsey France – Baltic Secret Garden
Becky – Constellations
Maggie O’Carroll – The Women’s Organisation
Sue Flannery – Cyberfrog Design
Lorna Davidson – Red Wig Wam
Kim and Keeley – Coffee and Fandisha
With the help of Ben Orrell-Jones, of Easytech Solutions, who helped us to set up the right shots, conducted the filming of the interviews and supporting external shots of the Baltic area, our short film will give you a flavour of the women who are truly ‘Making Waves in the Baltic’ and we hope it inspires you.
To watch the film for yourself please visit the Baltic Triangle website