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Smart Works Newcastle hosts Lunch with Lulu Guinness

Lulu Guinness OBE, one of the UK’s most celebrated fashion designers came to Smart Works Newcastle in September to talk about her distinguished career in fashion and her support of the charity

Written by High Life North
Published 31.10.2019

Smart Works Newcastle helps unemployed women get back into work by providing them with the confidence needed to get a job. After launching its Newcastle centre in 2018, the charity has helped more than 370 women in the region find employment.

Offering a two-hour dressing and interview preparation service, the charity aims to empower women to look and feel their best in an interview by providing styling advice, suitable clothing and interview coaching. More than 50% of the women that Smart Works supports go on to get a job within a month of their interview.

Lulu Guinness OBE is famous for her iconic handbags and accessories. The brand’s creations have been seen on the arms of trailblazing women, such as Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey, Gillian Anderson and Emma Watson.

As a new North East charity we hope to promote awareness of Smart Works Newcastle, while raising much needed funding to support our core service.

Nathalie Bouleau Chabot, Business Development Lead at Smart Works Newcastle

Lulu’s informal fashion talk was followed by a Q&A session during lunch at SIX Roof Top Restaurant at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. 

The event raised more than £4,000 to support Smart Works Newcastle in its work to help women look and feel their best at a crucial moment in their lives.

Nickie Kilkenny, Business Growth Enabler at NatWest which partnered the event, said: “Building confidence going into an interview or business meeting is absolutely vital in obtaining a successful outcome, and at NatWest we are committed to enabling women from all backgrounds in their career ambitions. Smart Works Newcastle offers an important service to women across the North East and we were delighted to support the event to help them continue to deliver this vital work.”


Photography by Hannah Layford

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