95% of our clients leave feeling more confident
Our vision is to build London as our centre of excellence and take our transformative service to cities across the UK.
The Smart Works story began in North London in 2013. Later that year, we opened our second centre in West London. Our journey had begun. We set up and licensed the Smart Works model to bring the service to life in cities across the UK. Using this model, Smart Works was brought to Edinburgh in 2014, Manchester and Reading in 2015, Birmingham in 2016, Newcastle in 2018 and Leeds in 2019.
In 8 years, we have helped over 18,000 women in 8 centres across the UK
We are proud of what we have achieved in eight years, but there is more work to be done.
Job interviews are difficult and a significant barrier to success. Without the necessary self-belief and practical tools, it is easy to become trapped in a cycle of failed interviews and unemployment.
The impact of the pandemic has heightened this and increased pressure to succeed at job interviews, meaning our support has never been more needed.
We believe in the power of clothes and coaching to transform a woman’s confidence. Our service is carefully designed, with kindness and respect at the heart of everything we do. It is about much more than the clothes she is gifted: it is about what the clothes allow each woman to become. When she looks in the mirror, she begins to see hope and possibility for a better future.
Our locations across the UK
“I had lost all hope when [my referrer] put me forward to Smart Works. I have now successfully gained a role. It is thanks to you and the team that I didn’t give up altogether. I cannot wait for Monday morning and a new adventure.”
Bring Smart Works to your city
“Helping to bring Smart Works to Birmingham is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. To be able to use life learnt skills to help other women get the job they want and working with other amazing women to achieve this has been an inspiration.” – Philippa, Chair Smart Works Birmingham
The reason we are able to provide the right support to unemployed women is because our centres are deeply embedded in the regions they serve. We find regional champions with the passion and expertise to bring Smart Works to their city.
Each centre has its own Board, responsible for local fundraising and operations, which sits under the Charity umbrella. They are led by talented people who are champions of our mission and passionate about helping women in their community.
We would love to hear from entrepreneurial, inspiring and dynamic individuals who have the skill, passion and drive to bring our service to their home city.
Contact us and tell us why you’d like to bring Smart Works to your city.
Life as a Trustee
Here are some of the things our Trustees do to support their centres.
Hosting events alongside our clients
Our Birmingham Board of Trustees
Helping set up our newest centre in Leeds
Our Chair, Julietta, deep in our dressing room
Attending our annual conferences
Personally helping clients in Manchester
Raising funds in Birmingham
Working with our Patron, Betty Jackson, in Edinburgh