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NatWest and Meta have together launched package of support for female entrepreneurs, in a bid to boost the number of female-built businesses.
The partnership offers what they call "financial readiness training" and other support to female business owners, and is available to all female entrepreneurs via Meta’s #SheMeansBusiness programme, which provides digital skills training and opportunities to expand connections and networks.
To further support women in business, NatWest and Meta will be launching a competition from 11 April to 19 May to offer 50 female entrepreneurs the chance to win Meta advertising credits, 1:1 digital mentorship and support to build a creative advertising campaign, as well as NatWest coaching and peer-to-peer sessions.
Winners will be announced in June 2022 and judges will be looking for ways that the women go above and beyond to achieve in business.
Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise at NatWest Group, said: “More women than ever are starting up businesses and we must harness this potential. The latest Rose Review progress report showed that women are starting more businesses than ever: last year 140,000 new businesses were founded by women compared to 56,000 in 2019.
"Supporting women to build their companies is a key next step and it’s great news that NatWest and Meta have partnered to offer all female entrepreneurs tuition and networking, and a lucky fifty women business owners an even bigger boost to their companies.”
And Carrie Timms, Director of Global Business Marketing, EMEA at Meta, said: “Women small business owners have fought to keep their doors open during this pandemic. We at Meta want to stand by them, which is why we’re proud to partner with NatWest on this new #SheMeansBusiness programme.
"Whether it’s help getting an ad campaign up and running, or expert advice on business finance, we hope these new offerings will help women entrepreneurs come back from the pandemic stronger than ever.”
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