What About Women?

by Bali, Janine, Justine and Trudi in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 23rd February 2021 we successfully raised £13,850 ( + est. £2098.75 Gift Aid ) with 175 supporters in 71 days

What About Women doing things differently? Reset. Reinvest. A new social enterprise for Sheffield/SCR enabling women in business to grow.

by Bali, Janine, Justine and Trudi in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Our stretch target would allow us to give employment to one woman to develop and administer our L.E.T.S Swap Project. The project embraces a Local Exchange Trading System of skills that women choose to share with another woman. No money changes hands in these transactions. A woman ‘pays it forward’ and offers a skill they’ve acquired to another woman. And in turn, that woman shares a skill they have, to help another woman. It’s a simple idea. What about women doing things differently? Imagine the possibilities...

In 2020, COVID arrived and everything changed. Businesses have closed, many struggled to adapt and sustain themselves, and many are still vulnerable. Redundancies and high unemployment continues to affect our communities. Women have been disproportionately affected and whilst many have responded creatively and positively, many have lost their jobs, have juggled increased family responsibilities during COVID and been emotionally and economically disempowered.

What About Women was born out of a response to the pandemic. We are four self -employed women from Sheffield who came together because we want to make a difference.

We are women who’ve worked in education and training, coaching and therapy, accountancy, management consultancy and in the heart of communities. We are women who’ve run our own small businesses in Sheffield. We are women who will bring together our professional experience and our entrepreneurial journeys over the past 12 years. 

We are women who want to make a difference, and as 2021 fast approaches the uncertainty of ’the next chapter’ remains. Our government talks about ‘levelling up’ our communities, but women already begin their entrepreneurial journey in deficit. Women deserve equity, and will play a central role in Sheffield’s recovery, and the UK economy.

As the Alison Rose Review asserts, the ‘potential economic contribution of women’ is not being realised because women face far more barriers than their male counterparts. Be that access to funding, cultural beliefs and values or familial responsibilities, women are being held back.
What About Women is a new social enterprise that aims to do things differently. And well, there has never been a time that we need to do things differently.

We aim to run projects that enable women in business to succeed. We want to build a female network of support in the SCR that is both real, and digitised. We will work with female solo workers, homeworkers, micro businesses and SMEs and invest in women entrepreneurs through personal development, training, coaching and mentoring. Our first project ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Women’ will form the building blocks of this support. We want to employ local women from the wealth of communities that this region offers. Women will be our clients, our consultants, our stakeholders and our expertise.  

What about women doing things differently? If we were able to stand on the shoulders of other women entrepreneurs, imagine the possibilities... 

We could start up, support and sustain women through a women centred local network. We could be giants. The time is now. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£250 or more

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We bring together our entrepreneurial skills in street food for this special reward... the What About Women Supper Club. Your pledge will mean two of you can join us for an evening. We will embrace our experiences of travel, food and inspirational female cooks to bring you a supper club including a cookery demo, a delicious meal with drinks and a What About Women tote full of our secret ingredients to take home and use afterwards.

£16 or more

Friday Night Feast

Friday Night Takeaway with Fancy An Indian and Percy & Lily’s, as we combine our craft and create streetfood for you to heat up, eat in and stay safe....

£16 or more

Love Yourself Valentines Meal for 1

A boxed two course meal for Saturday February 13th delivered or collected, with a surprise sweet treat...❤️

£20 or more


Every pledge of £20 means we will send you a What About Women pin badge and a personal thank you for engaging with our project ....

£28 or more

Friday Night Feast Sharer

Our sharer meal for two people!

£30 or more

Love the one you’re with Valentine’s Meal for 2

A two course meal for Saturday 13th February delivered or collected, with a sweet treat included in your box ❤️❤️

£50 or more


Your pledge of £50 means a self employed woman in Sheffield will supply you with our What About Women tote bag. Oh, and we will send you a pin badge too!

£50 or more

Friday Night Family Feast

Enough food for four on our Friday Night Feasting !

£52 or more

Share the Love Family Meal for 4

A two course meal for 4 people, including sweet treats, packaged and ready to be delivered or collected with heat up at home instructions... ❤️❤️❤️❤️

£100 or more


What About Women doing things differently? We will send you a fabulous SparK Co tshirt with a empowering message. Why support one good cause, when you could support three? Every purchased tee, generates a donation towards sanitary supplies for women who can’t afford them. The tees are sourced/made ethically so women receive a fair wage too. Message, size and colour to be decided by you. Oh, and we’ll pin it with our badge whilst we wrap it.

£500 or more


Your pledge will enable a woman in our region to get support for her ‘start up’ or ‘existing business’. We will tailor your gift to meet ‘her’ needs. This could be a place on our course ‘Standing On The Shoulders of Women’ or one to one coaching, peer mentoring or training. You could provide sponsorship to help her business get off the ground or adapt, diversify or sustain it. In pledging you are enabling us to enable her. WAW thanks YOU!

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