INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2018 #Pressforprogress

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Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest , RBS, 2nd Floor, 2 St Philips Place, Birmingham, B3 2RB

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IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of Women across the world

More than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #pressforprogress to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

The World economic Forum predicts that the gender pay gap won’t close entirely until 2186.

Economic Value of Women in Business

  • GDP - NatWest Female Entrepreneur Economy report March 2017 found that female entrepreneurs contributed £3.51bn to the UK economy in 2015 alone (7.3% of the UK economy’s growth in 2015 by WIB)
  • 126k new businesses were launched by women in 2015
  • Job Creation – 77k additional jobs created in 2015 by female entrepreneurs
  • Scale of creation – 2002/2006 C 60k new businesses per annum. Since 2006 this has increased year on year
  • Department for Business Innovation & Skills report in 2014 found that 20% of SME’s in UK were majority women led
  • Key Barriers: Access to finance & Business Support; lack of peer groups & role models; skills & training; perceptions & discrimination; confidence; work life balance (FSB April 2016)
  • 62% of women in a global report identify themselves as the primary source of household investable assets & 77% of women surveyed want to invest in companies with diversity in leadership. 67% of women surveyed felt their financial advisor and bank didn’t understand their needs. (Centre for Talent Innovation, Harnessing the Power of the purse)
  • The government is committed to supporting 100,000 more UK businesses to export by 2020 & Opportunities have come from 109 countries and 44 different sectors
  • 85% of female wealth in the UK comes from earning and business ownership
    • Boosting female entrepreneurship could increase UK GDP by £60 billion by 2030. It is estimated that women-led SME businesses currently contribute £75 billion to economic output, and if women were setting up and running new businesses at the same rate as men, we could have an extra one million female entrepreneurs.
  • As at Nov 2017 – 16% of Business Banking book relate to Women In Business (WiB)
  • Since the beginning of 2017 we have seen the average lending balances to our female customers increase by 7%

As your local Business Growth Enabler, I am delighted to be working with Justice Williams MBE, RBS Women Network and other key business support experts to bring you an enjoyable Women in Business networking event including -


Zoe Bennett - Multi Award Winning Entrepreneur
Zoe will talk about her unique story which she titles “Through Adversity Breeds Success” and also provide a useful insight into public speaking

Speed Networking

Join us for a lively speed networking session where you will have the chance to convey your most important messages within a set time limit - make sure you perfect your pitch for this session.

Workshop around all things digital with Google

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution well and truly upon us, come along and be inspired by Google, an opportunity not to be missed.

Future of Payments - Worldpay

Market leading businesses need to adapt and change with their market place, here from Worldpay, leading merchant provider and the way they have had to adapt to changes in consumer demand and technologies

Alternative sources of finance- Funding Circle

Being one of the best capitalised lending platforms in the world, here from Funding Circle about this revolutionary alternative way of sourcing funding support for your business.

Managing your finances - Free Agent

Knowing your numbers as a business owner and having a digital access overview of your business is essential - hear from Multi Award winning Free Agent Digital accounting software about support to get this right for your business.

Panel Discussion

A lively and informative panel discussion around this year’s theme #PRESS FOR PROGRESS - exciting panel members to be announced

AND MUCH MORE.........

All information used in this presentation you are registering for relating to INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2018 #Pressforprogress is produced by NatWest, Worldpay, Google, Funding Circle, Free Agent, Zoe Bennett for information purposes only and is for the sole use of the attendees at the presentation.

Whilst we feel this topic is beneficial to business owners, the views and information have not been issued by NatWest. Any views expressed in the presentation are not necessarily those of NatWest and should not be viewed as individual advice or as a recommendation. You should seek independent advice in respect of issues that are of concern to you.

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