A NEW community venture to help women gain business experience has opened its doors in Prenton.
Social enterprise Hope Place opened on Friday at the former Cartridge World shop in Woodchurch Road.
Hope Place will primarily support women lacking in confidence and self-esteem to gain experience of business.
The building will have a café offering work experience in the catering and hospitality sector.
It will also have a designer dress swap shop to introduce residents to the world of social enterprise or not-for-profit business.
There will also be “Hot Spots” – workspaces where residents can try their own business ideas – and “Inspiring Stories” events for professionals to help others achieve their full potential.
Hope Place was able to set up shop with £13,000 from Wirral Council’s Empty Shops Fund.
The project will be managed by businesswomen Rachel Millard and Helen Robinson.
Cllr Pat Hackett, cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy, said: “The Empty Shops Fund has already achieved a great deal to revitalise many vacant business premises in Wirral and to give social enterprises run by the local community the support they need to run very valuable projects.
“Hope Place is another success story which we think will provide an unique resource for residents.”
Rachel added: “After working in Liverpool for many years Helen and I decided we wanted to share our experience and knowledge working in our community.
“We hope to inspire others to be successful and achieve their full potential. All profits from Hope Place will go to support Revival Hub, a social enterprise with similar aims, to support young women who need help to develop confidence.”
The resource has already run writers workshops by Birkenhead-born playwright Michael Wynne, whose series Being Eileen is currently airing on BBC TV, and animation workshops for seven to 14-year-olds.
For details, call Rachel on 0789 026 2981 or email email@example.com