NatWestBizBus visits London Boroughs supporting start-ups and connecting entrepreneurs

PRESS RELEASE

London, 7th September 2016

Contact: Jason Dempsey. NatWest’s Media Relations Manager for London & South East (Jason.dempsey@natwest.com or 07825 724148 or Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise Manager, London & South East, NatWest Entrepreneurs & StartUp Britain (nick.howe@Natwest.com)

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NatWest is committed to motivating and inspiring the next generation of business leaders.  That’s why we’re helping to support and connect people interested in starting and growing their own business

Following the success of the StartUp Britain Powered by NatWest Summer StartUp tour, in which the NatWest Mobile Business School visited 30 locations engaging with more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, start-up and small business owners, NatWest is excited to announce that the NatWestBizBus will be touring London during October

The tour will feature the NatWest Mobile Business School, a 1966 Routemaster Bus, which will park in high-footfall areas of 10 London boroughs offering free, impartial advice, celebrating entrepreneurial communities across London to connect and inspire individuals to turn their business ideas into a reality.

NatWest is working closely with its tour partner StartUp Britain as well as the borough councils and local business and enterprise support organisations, who will have representatives on-board at each stop to provide support and advice.

Angela Bryne, Regional Managing Director, London & South East, Business Banking at NatWest, said: “Our mobile business bus is a great way to get into local communities and support aspiring business owners. By collaborating with StartUp Britain and local experts, we hope to provide a broader range of support to help more entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions across greater London than ever before”.

StartUp Britain director, Matt Smith said: “Interest in entrepreneurship is higher than ever and the only thing holding many people back from trying out a business idea is some encouragement and support”.

“By connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with those a few steps ahead of them, as well as supportive local organisations, we want to give people the confidence to turn their ideas into reality”.

The tour is set to visit 10 boroughs across the Greater London area, starting on 10th October and finishing in Kensington & Chelsea on 24th October. The bus will be taking prominent positions in Guildhall in City of London, Church Street in Westminster and Beckenham Green. It will also be visiting Ilford, Romford and Harrow among many others.

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Tour schedule

  • 10th October To be announced                   To be announced
  • 11th October To be announced                    Borough of Croydon
  • 12th October Beckenham Green                  Borough of Bromley
  • 13th October Ilford Town Hall                     Borough of Redbridge
  • 14th October Romford Market Place          Borough of Havering
  • 17th October Church Street                           Borough of Westminster
  • 18th October Guildhall                                   City of London
  • 19th October To be announced                     To be announced
  • 20th October To be announced                    Borough of Harrow
  • 21st October To be announced                     Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • 24th October To be announced                    Borough of Chelsea & Knightsbridge

About NatWest

NatWest is a key supporter of enterprise across the UK.  As the UK’s biggest backer of SMEs and Start-ups.  NatWest understand that entrepreneurs and small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and are determined to help businesses reach their goals

About StartUp Britain

StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to unleash entrepreneurship across the UK. The campaign is run by the Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank and sponsored by NatWest.

Founded by eight entrepreneurs and launched in 2011 by the Prime Minister, StartUp Britain is completely private sector funded. It was launched in response to the government’s call for an ‘enterprise led’ recovery.

Over the campaign’s duration, Startup Britain has pioneered a range of innovative initiatives to boost public awareness of entrepreneurship and support the growth of early-stage entrepreneurs. Since the campaign launched, start-up rates have increased from 440,600 in 2011 to a record-breaking 608,110 in 2015. Notable initiatives from StartUp Britain include four bus tours of Britain, engaging over 17,500 aspiring entrepreneurs in 60 towns and cities; popup shops; and PitchUp schemes through which entrepreneurs pitched their products to Britain’s largest high street stores.