NatWest and WEConnect International Female Entrepreneurship UK Roadshow

Date & Time: 
Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:00 to 15:00

Regents House, Floor 5
40 Islington High Street
London N1 8XB


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The advancement of female entrepreneurs represents a £250bn opportunity for the UK economy.

But without more women in business, the UK is losing out. According to a new government-backed review by Alison Rose, CEO of commercial and private banking at NatWest, boosting female entrepreneurship could add this £250bn to the economy.

Currently, female entrepreneurs are underrepresented in many sectors such as manufacturing, IT, financial services and transportation.

The government-commissioned Rose Review examines the barriers women in business face and what can be done to overcome them.

The Rose Review recommends increasing funding for women who want to start a business and providing greater family care support so they can reach their goals.

The UK is the start-up capital of Europe, attracting more venture capital than any other European country, yet only one in three UK entrepreneurs is female. In comparison with 15% of women in Canada, almost 11% of women in the US, and over 9% of women in Australia and the Netherlands, only 5.6% of UK women run their own companies.

“We need the creativity and innovation that comes from diversity to keep up with the rapidly changing world around us”

NatWest, a WEConnect International corporate member, would like to invite you to join them at this event for women-owned businesses on Monday 10th June 2019.

This event is aimed at majority women owned businesses; those that are minimum 51% owned by one or more women, who provide products and services in the following sectors:
Marketing, HR, Recruitment, Catering, Training, Advertising, Merchandise, Events, Corporate Services, Logistics, Facilities Management, Legal and Technology.

There are a limited number of places available for this free event so if you are interested in attending, please sign up online now:

10am Registration and arrival
10:30 Welcome from NatWest and WEConnect International
10:40 Update from WEConnect International and 30-second business introductions
11:20 Creative Thinking and Rapid Prototyping workshop delivered by Dale Sidebottom, Regional Entrepreneur Director at NatWest
The way we think and how we react in Business can be extremely important. With a ‘Growth Mind Set’ and the ability to have a strategic thought process can really support those challenges faced. This session will give a brief overview of these two skills and how to act and think differently.
12.40 Lunch and networking
13.45 Be Prepared for Investment & Funding for your Scale-up Business presented by Karen Holden, Founder and Managing Director at A City Law Firm
Karen set up her business 10 years ago and understands the pitfalls and nuances of scaling up a business. In this session, Karen will explain the benefits and risks of various funding options; what an investor looks for from a legal point of view; what documents are essential to be prepared for the investment round or even a sale; how and when to plan an exit and top tips for getting ahead of your competition by being legally prepared.
14.00 Q&A panel discussion – challenges and opportunities around growing your business. Panellists include Karen Holden, Dana Denis-Smith, CEO of Obelisk Support and Alison Frith, Managing Director of Artizian
14:50 Closing remarks
15:00 Further networking at a local venue (pay as you go)

If you can’t make this date or location, we will be running similar events with NatWest in a number of cities across the UK in the coming months: Belfast (22nd October), Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester (dates TBC). Do let us know if you are interested in these events.

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