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Women in Business…A community for resilience

Organiser: SEMLEP Growth Hub & NatWest



Date & Time: 1 Dec 2020 - 10:30 am-11:30 am

Contact Email: [email protected]

We have teamed up with NatWest to bring together Women in Business across the South East Midlands.

One of the greatest tools we have to support female led businesses is to be able to have a 121 discussion covering a wide aspect of business growth challenges such as Risk, Lending, taking payments just to name a few.

NatWest has worked with the Everywoman foundation to train all of its Business Growth Enablers to be accredited Women in Business Specialists which give us a greater understanding of the challenges that female led businesses have and how we can support those.

In March 2019, Alison Rose CEO of NatWest Holdings set out the finding and recommendations of the independent review into female entrepreneurship as commissioned by HM Treasury in September 2018.

The Rose Review found five key barriers that lead to the lower rates of entrepreneurship amongst women: –

  1. Lower access and awareness of capital
  2. Greater risk awareness
  3. Perceived missing skills & experience
  4. Disproportionate primary care responsibilities
  5. Lack of relatable sponsorship/mentorship/role models

Following the publication of the review, NatWest established the ‘Expert in Residence’ Programme. This initiative invoices a member of NatWest staff, working hand in hand with their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) / Growth Hub to encourage collaboration and deliver positive action on supporting diversity and inclusion in business.

Through this partnership, NatWest & SEMLEP intend that more female led businesses are profiled, encouraged, and provided the knowledge and experience to help close the gender gap. This will ensure that we can create more female role model businesses to grow and scale, inspiring others to take the step into business creating jobs and opportunities.

Roundtable Objective

To discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on female entrepreneurs and reflect on the outcomes of the Rose Review.

We will hear a short introduction from Nicola, Business Growth Enabler at NatWest and Ruth Cozens , Team Leader at SEMLEP’s Growth Hub followed by a panel discussion on the impacts both positive and negative that COVID19 has had on Women in Business.


Shalom Lloyd, Founder of Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd 

An award-winning, senior business professional, with over 24 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  A British-Nigerian with a BSc and MSc in Pharmacy from the Ukrainian Academy of Pharmacy in former Soviet Union, and an MBA from the University of Liverpool, resulting in a cross-cultural background which has enabled her to push for diversity and cultural awareness in the global business place at every opportunity for herself and others.

Shalom is the Founder of Naturally Tribal Skincare, a natural chemical-free skincare company built on valuing healthy, ethical and sustainable living whilst empowering African women. Shalom has also recently been appointed as a SEMLEP board member.

Shalom is also the Chief Strategy Officer at Emerging Markets Quality Trials (eMQT), an organisation focused on diversity in Clinical Trials providing the global pharmaceutical industry access to patients in Africa.

Shalom is a Department of International Trade Export Champion, a Mentor and strong believer in the fact that anything is possible!

Aruna Rao, Founder of Busy Women Networking

A networking group aimed at ladies and held over lunchtimes. Aruna started BWN in 2011 starting with one monthly meeting and now has a network of associates who help run 15 groups over 8 regions and continues to grow. She works with small owner managed businesses to businesses with 10 or more employees to help them gain those all important business contacts and referrals. A lady worth connecting with

Philomena Watton, Director of Watton Recruitment

An award winning independent recruitment agency established in Bedford since 2014. Philomena is community driven and works closely with clients and candidates in and around the Bedfordshire area covering both commercial and industrial recruitment.

Mackenna Loftus, Founder of Khaos Hair

A self employed hairdresser from Northampton with over 10 years experience, including working on sets for big brands such as Missguided, Pretty Little Thing & Shrine. After years of exploring different avenues in my career I decided to open up the first blowdry bar in Northamptonshire.

Webinar details

We will use an online site called Zoom which you will receive further information on how to access once you have registered your details.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Events and Engagement Officer, Samantha Hunter: [email protected]

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