Women's Enterprise Skills Training

The WEST Project

Access to Business is launching a new programme to support disadvantaged women in their efforts to start their own enterprises.

The Project Overview

The WEST Project

Access to Business have teamed up with NatWest Bank to support more women to start a business.

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) Midland Project will see 200 women from across Wolverhampton and Dudley take part in a one-day workshop to get them thinking about business and build their confidence.

The project will also support women with coaching, mentoring and collaboration to help them succeed, and will be followed by monthly networking events to help them develop their business ideas further.

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The Project Details

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The programme will cover subjects such as business budgeting, marketing and social media use, ensuring your business is legal, access to networking and business support organisations, and financing your business. 

Access to Business is partnering with NatWest for a session about crowdfunding and how this type of funding can benefit new businesses. Earlier this year NatWest launched its Back Her Business Crowdfunder which aims to assist female-led businesses in their crowdfunding efforts as part of the bank’s wider ambition to reduce the gender gap associated with women starting their own businesses.

It is hoped that by the end of the one-year programme, 20 new businesses will be created.

The first in a series of our WEST (Women’s Enterprise Skills Training) workshops highlighted the opportunities on how to raise money for a new business through crowdfunding via Back Her Business: 👉 natwestbackherbusiness.co.uk 

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For More Support

If you are interested in the WEST Project please contact Carole Taylor on 01902 572398 or carole@access2business.co.uk

“The WEST programme is for women from all backgrounds. They may be struggling to find a job or are simply needing a bit of support to get their business going. They may be single parents or women with a lack of confidence for various reasons. We want to give them that confidence to take that next step and join the business world.”

“Access to Business is a fantastic charity that is doing some incredibly work across the Wolverhampton and the Black Country. The WEST programme is an exciting project that has been specifically designed to help women gain confidence and build new businesses which will no doubt benefit the communities they operate in. We are delighted to work with them as part of our Back Her Business Crowdfunder and look forward to seeing how these businesses develop.”

The Project Details

For Further Information

For more information on the WEST project contact Carol Slater or Carol Taylor at Access to Business on 01902 572397, or alternatively email at carole@access2business.co.uk or carol.slater@access2business.co.uk.

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