Entrepreneurial hub will help women in Salford start their own business

Women with Wings was established in 2017 with support from City West Housing Trust’s 'Don’t Keep it Under Your Hat Programme'.

A group which supports entrepreneurial women who don’t speak English as their first language has opened a dedicated hub in Salford.

The Women with Wings project, founded by Little Hulton resident Jasmin Bakhre, celebrated its second anniversary, having already supported 15 local women to launch their own businesses.

Mother of three, Jasmin is a City West Housing Trust tenant and came up with the idea after recognising how the many mums she met had great ideas and skills but lacked confidence and faced other barriers such as language and child care.

Women with Wings was established in 2017 with support from City West Housing Trust’s 'Don’t Keep it Under Your Hat Programme', which helps people turn business ideas into reality.

Jasmin has now launched a dedicated office for Women with Wings 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.

Jasmin, who has lived in Little Hulton for the past four years with her husband and children, said: “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.

“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 Housing Trust is a member of the ForViva Group, a social organisation dedicated to improving people’s lives.

Jenny Chapman, group director of innovation and excellence at ForViva said: “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.

“As a successful business owner, generous volunteer and mother herself, she is a fantastic role model for women in Little Hulton and far beyond.”