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NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

Infrastructure

Impact for scaleups

1300

Scaling business leaders supported in past 12 months

55%

Female entrepreneurs

21%

Ethnic minority-led businesses

500+

Jobs created

£28m+

Investment raised (£220.57m overall)

Key sectors

Life Sciences & Biotech Building & Construction Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Creative, digital, film, games & media Professional services Defence & security Technology & Communications Engineering / Advanced Engineering Transport & Logistics Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink Healthcare Impact ventures / Social Impact

The NatWest Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level. The Accelerator is delivered both in person and digitally and offers participating business leaders networking events, workshops and one-to-one and one-to-many expert coaching sessions to help them scale their business. 

Participants also gain access to a network of like-minded peers, supported by the Accelerator’s Ecosystem Managers and have use of co-working space at a network of 13 enterprise hubs. These provide access to ecosystem partners and customers. An extensive events programme includes a series of funding and investor readiness workshops.

In the past 12 months the Accelerator supported 1,300 scaleup leaders of which more than half were female-led businesses and 21 percent ethnic minority-led. NatWest has committed to support 53,000 individuals and businesses through enterprise programmes with 269,000 customer interactions to start, run and grow a business.   

The Enterprise delivery team of Local Enterprise Managers, Regional Ecosystem Managers and Entrepreneur Acceleration Managers support scaleups through expertise, coaching and networks and have supported amplification of the Government’s Help to Grow: Management programmes. 

In response to its Springboard to Recovery report last year which highlighted the need to support businesses to become more sustainable, NatWest launched and maintains the Carbon Planner. This free to use digital platform helps UK scaleups manage their future fuel and operational costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator website