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Rose Review Female Entrepreneurs Mentoring Programme


Supporting female entrepreneurs in business

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In 2019, Alison Rose, chief executive of NatWest, published The Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, as commissioned by the UK government. The review found that one of the key challenges for women in business is a lack of relatable sponsorship, mentorship and role models.

To help address this, NatWest has partnered with not-for-profit Be the Business to launch a free mentoring service for female entrepreneurs in the Leeds City Region and the West of England.

There has never been a more important moment to ensure advice and guidance is being drawn from as wide a variety of sources as possible and, as the key decision makers in their businesses, now is the time for women across the UK to start a conversation with a mentor.

The next few months will be critical for female entrepreneurs. With an increasingly challenging business environment, an experienced mentor that can provide impartial guidance can make the difference between success and failure.

Backed by the government, this free 12-week mentoring programme, provided by Be the Business Rapid Response Mentoring (using the Connectr platform), will give female SME leaders and entrepreneurs access to advice and guidance to build their businesses.

To take part, you need to:

  • Run an established business
  • Identify as a woman
  • Live or run a business in the Leeds City Region or the West of England Combined Authority Area

Register here

How our free 12-week mentoring programme works

This programme is government funded and free for female entrepreneurs living or running a business in the Leeds City Region (West or North Yorkshire) or West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire)


12-week support intervention to deal with acute business challenges


Suggested weekly calls or online meetings of 1-2 hours


Mentors are sourced from some of Britain's leading firms


Mentees select a mentor based on the skills and experiences which best suit their needs


Participation in virtual groups and webinars covering support on relevant topics


Get started with your mentoring journey

Learn more about Be the Business and the Rose Review

Hear from businesses that have worked with Be the Business mentors

What happens now?

We hope you will go ahead and register to find a mentor. If you do, this is what you can expect.

See how the programme works

Interested in finding a mentor?

If you are a female business leader and own or manage a small or medium-sized business and would welcome some help and support over the next few months, you can register now below.

Register here

For further information, or if you have any issues registering, please contact

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