Female entrepreneurs urged to join programme

Santander bank has launched a programme that will match 30 female entrepreneurs with female mentors who run enterprises with multi-million pound revenues in a bid to mentor the next generation of businesswomen.

Partnering with social enterprise Cause4 for the launch of its 2017 Breakthrough Women in Business Programme, the bank hopes to offer “real value” to the successful entrepreneurs in what a spokeswoman described as “one of the most comprehensive programmes of its type”.

To enter for a chance to be on the programme, entrants must be the majority shareholder of a business with an annual turnover of between £250,000 and £6m, have been trading for at least three years, have between five and 40 employees and an idea that is highly scalable and capable of boosting local employment.

Breakthrough Women in Business networking events have already taken place in Exeter, Manchester and Glasgow over the last month, with further events planned for Birmingham and London in November.

Speakers will include Justice Williams MBE, the founder of Women Who; Stephanie Chamberlain, founder of Magic Milestones; and Michelle Wright, founder of B-Corp and Social Enterprise Cause4.

As Ms Wright commented, female entrepreneurs are a vital part of the UK’s small business community. She added that the programme from Santander Breakthrough is of huge importance in bringing together female entrepreneurs across the country to share experiences and to learn from each other.

Female entrepreneurs, who are interested in applying should note that the deadline for applications is December 8 2016, with finalists announced on December 23. The programme will run from January and June 2017.