A housing association tenant who founded a project to support entrepreneurial women who don’t speak English as a first language is celebrating International Women’s Day by opening a dedicated office in Salford.
The Women with Wings project also marks its second anniversary with the opening today. It was founded by Little Hulton resident Jasmin Bakhre, 47, in 2017 and it has already supported 15 local women to launch their own businesses.
Mother of three, Bakhre is a City West Housing Trust tenant and came up with the idea after recognising how many mums have great ideas and skills but lack confidence and face other barriers like child care.
Bakhre has lived in Little Hulton for the past four years with her husband and children. She established Women with Wings with support from City West’s Don’t Keep it Under Your Hat Programme, which helps people turn business ideas into reality.
The dedicated office is being opened today in the shopping precinct in Little Hulton. It will provide a vital hub for the project and a business address for new enterprises just starting out.
“Through our work with the local community we found that there were a number of mums who weren’t engaging with enterprise support programmes, not because they didn’t have great ideas, but because they weren’t confident in how to develop them or how to engage with organisations that could help support them because of language barriers,” Bakhre said.
“We set up Women with Wings to create a support network to help mums understand how they could take their business ideas to the next level. We want to help women better their lives and give them training to increase their confidence so that they are ready to take on challenges and new opportunities.
“Everyone here is so excited about the opening of our new office. It’s a new chapter for Women with Wings and it will help us to grow. We want to offer more training, including English Language courses, and get more staff on board. Our goal is to empower more women to start their own business or learn new skills to take that next step.”
Lateefal Salami, one of the members of Women with Wings said: “Meeting the other women and having training has empowered me and given me confidence and hope. I’m so grateful for this wonderful group and would encourage everyone to come here. It changes your life.”
City West is part of the ForViva Group. The organisation’s group director of innovation and excellence, Jenny Chapman will be attending the opening of the office this morning.
“Jasmin has made a huge contribution to her local community and it has been a privilege to see Women with Wings go from strength to strength,” Chapman said. “As a successful business owner, generous volunteer and mother herself, she is a fantastic role model for women in Little Hulton and far beyond.
“We congratulate Women with Wings on the opening of its new office on International Women’s Day but the work of Jasmin and her team continues every day, giving talented, creative women the skills and confidence to turn their business ideas into a reality. It is an absolute pleasure to partner up with community-minded people like Jasmin and I can’t wait to see what happens next for Women with Wings.”
Main Image: (Left to right) Debbie Attwood, group director of people, ForViva; Jasmin Bakhre, Women with Wings, founder; Eric McBean, enterprise manager, ForViva; Jenny Chapman, group director of innovation and excellence, ForViva; Hywel Evans, enterprise advisor, ForViva