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Women in Business

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Our commitment to you

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.

Female Focus: #BeTheRoleModel

Royal Bank and Getty Images are working together to create realistic, visual representations of female entrepreneurs.

Believe in yourself

Are you thinking about setting up on your own? Meet the inspiring female entrepreneurs who quit high-powered jobs to launch their own businesses.

Ask for more

We’re on a mission to help more women start and scale up their businesses. But we know that women are 80% less likely to apply for funding and when they do they ask for less.

The Rose Review published this year by our CEO Alison Rose and HMT, identified three significant opportunities to help more women succeed as entrepreneurs, from start-up to scale up:

Increased funding directed towards female entrepreneurs.

Greater family care support for female entrepreneurs.

Giving women increased access to role models, mentors and networks.

If you think it’s time to ask for more, visit our Business Hub where you’ll find inspirational podcasts, guides on how to raise money for your business and other materials to help start your business or scale up.

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.

An extra £1bn of funding available 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.

Business Builder

If you’ve got a business idea, and you’re looking to take it further, faster try Royal Bank Business Builder. It’s a free bite-sized programme with online modules, events, and online community to help you bring your business ideas to life.

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.

More news on the Royal Bank Business Hub

Paving the way: Dechomai

Bayile Adeoti explains how Covid-19 has affected Dechomai, her social enterprise for ethnically diverse women, and why strategic partnerships are more important now than ever.

Starting a business in 2021

According to Enterprise Nation, one in five UK adults would like to launch a business this year. If you’re one of them, here’s what you need to know about the current trading environment.

Captain Emma Henderson MBE

During the covid pandemic, pilot Emma Henderson took on a new challenge. Emma co-founded a charity to support frontline NHS staff and was awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

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