Published in 2019, the Rose Review, led by our CEO Alison Rose, demonstrated that removing these barriers could add £250 billion to the UK economy.
We have over 600 Women in Business Specialists throughout the UK and are committed to using our expertise to support women to start up and grow their businesses. In 2020 we announced £1 billion of Female Entrepreneurship Funding, all of this funding has been allocated and we recently announced a further £1 billion in funding.
Since 2018, 43% of entrepreneurs on our free NatWest Accelerator programme have identified as female, and we have teamed up with Be The Business to pilot the Rose Review Female Entrepreneurs Mentoring Programme, a free mentoring service for female entrepreneurs in Leeds and the West of England, with plans to expand in 2021.
In response to COVID-19 we pivoted Dream Bigger, our fully-funded programme focused on developing transferable entrepreneurial skills in 16-18 year old females across the UK, to digital delivery. In 2020, the programme supported over 15,000 16-18 year old female entrepreneurs, working with Microsoft, Facebook and Young Enterprise Scotland.
In our Experts in Residence partnership with 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), a NatWest expert spends up to 7 hours per week supporting female and diverse business owners. The programme sees us work alongside partners such as Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and LinkedIn, with activity tailored to the needs of each LEP.