As Yorkshire continues to reopen following various lockdowns, supporting the local business ecosystem will be key to wider economic recovery.
For more than five years, NatWest has been running a successful Accelerator programmes in Leeds where it has supported hundreds of businesses to develop and grow. And as part of its continued support of SMEs and economic recovery, NatWest has relaunched its Enterprise programme.
This includes specialised programmes for High Growth businesses, as well was Climate, Fintech and Purpose-led businesses (*). And applications for the next intake of businesses to join the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator are open.
The move comes as NatWest looks to unlock business potential outside of London. It is investing £6bn in the growth of SMEs, with £4bn of this outside of the UK capital in regions including across Yorkshire.
For those businesses that are centred on redefining business through building inclusive and sustainable economy, the Purpose-led Accelerator will put purpose at the heart of the business. They may also be achieving, for example, B-Corp accreditation.
Du Ndlovu is the Founder & Director of URBVNGENT Ltd, which specialises in bespoke, made to measure, tailoring , alterations. styling and shopping services. They are launching a ‘Suit Drive’ allowing individuals access to adequate corporate attire as we believe every individual should have.
Du said: “I am a firm believer in enclothed cognition – the study of how clothing affects individual attitudes and actions, and my company was founded with a goal of giving individuals an opportunity to excel.
“However, we couldn’t turn a blind eye on two major issues: sustainability in the fashion industry and the rising unemployment levels. I believe high-quality tailoring should be available to everyone. It can really make a difference.”
Victoria Action, Regional Ecosystem Manager for NatWest in Leeds said: “As the economy continues to recover, it’s absolutely vital that we support businesses across Yorkshire develop and grow. The programmes have been relaunched to encompass what is happening in the wider economy while also using the methodology of our original programme focused on creating enterprise and developing entrepreneurs.”
NatWest is aiming for the content to be delivered virtually and in person as the country continues to re-open.
In addition to its Accelerator programmes, NatWest offers its Business Builder programme – a digital qualification for early start-ups with tailored learning to support new entrepreneurs.
Applications for the next intake are open until June 11. NatWest will be holding a Q&A on the programme on June 4 at 11am. For more information or to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natwest-accelerator-programme-introduction-and-qa-session-tickets-155977152863