Women in business

Our specialists are here to help

Our commitment

With over 800 Women in Business Accredited Specialists throughout the UK we're ready to deliver our expertise and offer tangible support to you and your business. Whether you already run a business or plan to, we can help with your everyday business needs.

Empowering Women in Business

The Rose Review was launched in March 2019 by Alison Rose, our CEO, at the request of the UK government. It sets out to identify the disparity between male and female entrepreneurs when starting and scaling businesses, and the barriers facing women.

Alison Rose says this has resulted in 'unrealised potential' for the UK economy. Advancing female entrepreneurship represents a £250bn opportunity for the UK economy.

Investing in Women Code

One of the key recommendations of the Rose Review was to promote greater transparency in the UK funding allocation. To address that we’ve been a founding member of the Investing in Women Code – a commitment by financial services firms to improve female entrepreneurs’ access to tools, resources and finance.

Everywoman Self-Made Hub

We’ve partnered with everywoman to bring you a hub dedicated to female entrepreneurs. The Everywoman Self-Made Hub offers tailored news articles to help you Be Inspired, Be Informed and Be Financed.

An extra £1bn of funding for Women in Business

In 2020 we lent over £1bn to female-led businesses, due to the extraordinary impacts of the coronavirus. So this year we’ve announced an additional £1bn, open to new and existing customers, and it’s part of our overall efforts to continue to close the gap with male entrepreneurs.

You can apply for this funding through our range of loan and finance options.

Tools for women in business

We've developed programmes, tools and online communities to help empower women in business. Take a look at some of the ways we're backing female entrepreneurs.

Challenging young women to Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is a fully funded programme focused on developing transferrable entrepreneurial skills in 16-18 year old females across the UK.

Our aim is to drive confidence in preparation for the future world of work and impact the percentage of women who intend to start a business.

NatWest Business Builder

If you’ve got a business idea, and you’re looking to take it further, faster try NatWest Business Builder. 

Business Builder is a free bite-sized programme with online modules, events, and online community to help you bring your business ideas to life.

Read the latest news and analysis on the NatWest Business Hub

Supporting the UK's small businesses

NatWest has awarded three small enterprise competition winners a unique package of business support and media collaboration.

Adapting to the challenges of 2021

There are ample opportunities to adapt and evolve, as panellists explained during NatWest’s International Women’s Day event,

The future of small is incredibly bright

We caught up with the winners of the Holly Tucker SME: SOS competition to ask them about their ambitions for 2021.

Register for an event

From maximising your online presence to staying on top of the latest cyber threats, there's an event for that. Your Local Enterprise Managers have all the expertise you need to stay ahead of the curve.

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