Rachael Middleton, NatWest’s local enterprise manager in West Yorkshire.
Austen Shakespeare

Boost for Bradford scaleups with new business support programme

A pilot programme aimed at supporting business owners to scale up is launching in Bradford.

Business in the Community has partnered with NatWest to deliver a new initiative aimed at business owners from underrepresented groups, and will help them access and utilise business support services.

As part of the Small Business Support Programme, Business in the Community and NatWest will be working with business support organisations and local authorities which already operate in Bradford and West Yorkshire.

Hannah Tankard, business emergency resilience director at Business in the Community, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with NatWest in Bradford to support local communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By working together, we will meet small businesses’ immediate needs, whilst creating access to the right tools and resources required for sustainable growth.

“Small businesses have worked tirelessly to keep their communities going through the last 18 months, now we hope to create opportunities for small businesses to flourish in the recovery period and beyond.”

Rachael Middleton, NatWest’s Local Enterprise Manager in West Yorkshire, said: “The business support landscape can be challenging to navigate, particularly if you are a small business owner with competing priorities and the current economic environment.

“Through our new partnership programme with Business In The Community, we want to empower business owners across Bradford, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to succeed and support their communities as the wider economy recovers.”

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