Votes for women – drive to help female entrepreneurs in Sunderland needs your support

Mark Heskett Saddington (rear left) and staff at SES.
Mark Heskett Saddington (rear left) and staff at SES.
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ENTERPRISE agency SES is appealing for help in its drive to get more women into business.

The company has applied to RBS for funding from its Inspiring Women in Enterprise campaign, and needs public votes to secure the cash.

If successful, SES will use the money to launch Women Out of Poverty into Enterprise (Woopie), with the aim of helping 40 disadvantaged women from across Tyne and Wear start their own business.

Sunderland-based SES has more than 30 years’ experience of working with hard-pressed communities across the North East and hopes this track record will help it win the bid.

On the road to helping the new businesses get off the ground, the team at SES will work with 120 women, who live in social housing, are in receipt of benefits or are facing financial hardship, to raise enterprising activities.

Twice as many men as women in the UK start their own business.

RBS’ Inspiring Women in Enterprise programme hopes to have helped 20,000 women unlock their enterprise potential by next year.

SES director Mark Heskett Saddington said: “As well as advice on the logistics of starting a small business, we will work with and mentor the successful clients to help them make a go of it.

“However, to carry out the work, we desperately need public votes and urge anyone who has received our help in the past or organisations we have worked with, to take a minute to support us.”

To vote online for SES, visit

Voting closes at noon on Tuesday.