Global Entrepreneurship Week, held annually in November, is a celebration of enterprise and entrepreneurial people. As the UK’s biggest supporter for small businesses, we’re passionate about connecting entrepreneurs, highlighting our support, and helping them to thrive. Here are some events we held during the week to do just that:

Empowering Ethnic Minority Businesses (EMBs)

Research from the Aston University CREME ‘Time to Change’ report in partnership with NatWest, highlighted that £100 billion could be added to the UK economy if the barriers faced by EMBs were tackled, including high levels of discouragement and the lack of support networks. Our event aimed to tackle these barriers by bringing together EMBs, industry experts, decision makers and wider ecosystem players to empower EMBs, by sharing experiences and insights on starting and scaling a business and providing the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and supporters.  


We were proud to work with Savvitas to sponsor the annual MP HERoes event for the second year running. MP HERoes encourages, celebrates, and supports female enterprise by showcasing local role models in the form of ‘HERoes’, in constituencies across the UK. HERoes are nominated by their local MP, and they were joined at the event by The Earl of Erroll,  Craig Tracey MP, , Caroline Nokes MP, Selaine Saxby MP, Tulip Siddiq MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Stephen Hammond MP and many more. 

Access All, ESG For Good

We were delighted to host GEN UK at the third of our Global Entrepreneurship Week events, which focused on providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to thrive and making sure they’re accessible to all. Panel sessions were held on ‘ESG for Good’ and ‘Access for all – stories from leaders in inclusive innovation & enterprise’. Speakers included Yvonne Greeves, NatWest Group’s Director, Women in Business; Lindsay Boyd, founder of One Earth; and Jacqueline Winstanley, FRSA Founder and CEO of Universal Inclusion and the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network.

Women Backing Women

The Women Backing Women campaign aims to support more women on their journey into angel investing – a term used for someone who invests their own money into a company—usually a start-up—in the early stages of development. We hosted the national Women Backing Women conference which shared insights on what’s been achieved by the Women Backing Women campaign so far, and what more can be done to move the needle in increasing the female angel investor population in the UK.

Speeches were given by James Holian, NatWest Group’s Managing Director, Business Banking and International Retail; Tulip Siddiq MP, Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury; and Jenny Tooth OBE, Executive Chair, UK Business Angels Association. 

Stresses of scaling up

We heard from British business owners on their top challenges 

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