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Royal Bank Accelerator

Taking your business
further, faster

What is the Royal Bank Accelerator?

The Royal Bank Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level.

Our free Accelerator programmes specialising in High Growth, Climate, FinTech and Purpose-led provide:

  •  one-to-one coaching with our experienced Acceleration Managers
  •  a programme of thought leadership and events
  •  access to a network of like-minded peers, supported by our Ecosystem Managers
  • focused support with access to experts from across your specialism
  • use of our modern co-working spaces in one of our nationwide hubs

Rated by Beauhurst as the top UK Accelerator by size and growth

Formally endorsed by the ScaleUp Institute

Who is Royal Bank Accelerator for?

If you're a high growth business with ambitions to expand, the Royal Bank Accelerator programme could help.  You may be looking to build your team, venture into new markets or seeking further investment. The programme could help you gain the knowledge and skills to excel in a range of business areas:

  • Accessing new markets
  • Attracting talent and building an effective team
  • Access to growth funding
  • Leadership development
  • Developing a scalable infrastructure

Our current Accelerator programmes are open to all business owners, you do not have to be a Royal Bank customer.

If you are not yet a customer but would like to learn more, visit our Products and Services page and see how you could accelerate your business.

“It has really allowed me to broaden my network both internally within the hub and externally. Having check-ins with a dedicated coach really makes you accountable for your actions and keeps you setting deadlines for yourself. The feedback and advice has been invaluable for my business.”

Reza Najafian, CEO of StaffScanner 

What are the benefits?

We focus on the key driver of any business - you. With the right level of support and challenge, we could help you to take your business much further and faster.

1:1 coaching

You’ll be supported by a dedicated Acceleration Manager, helping to develop both you and your business, overcome challenges and move your business forward.

  • Bespoke  1:1 coaching with our Acceleration coaches
  • Accountability through goal setting and tracking progress

A community

Join a vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs through our virtual network and make use of free co-working spaces across the UK.*

  • Community Acceleration events to share knowledge and experience
  • Access our workshops and industry led events

 

*Co-working spaces are currently closed due to Covid-19

Thought leadership

Focussed on your needs as an entrepreneur, our programme of thought leadership and content could support your acceleration.

  • Up-skill with a calendar of events, workshops and industry support
  • Access a library of digital learning content via the Business Builder tool

Network of partners

As the biggest bank for business in the UK, our experienced Development Managers are here to connect you to the unrivalled partner and mentor network across the UK, at the right time for you and your business.

  • Connectivity to the Bank’s huge book of contacts
  • Unique access to our Corporate Accelerator Partners, giving you free professional advice

Impact over the past 5 years

Entrepreneurs supported

30,000+

Ave. turnover achieved

£243,266

Total investment raised

£129m

Number of jobs created

2200+

“The entrepreneurial journey can be a lonely and isolating experience, which can often cause you to second guess your decisions and slow progression. The camaraderie amongst entrepreneurs is something that I will deeply miss. 

In the hub, there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and someone is always on hand to give you the sound advice, encouragement or support you need to drive your business forward.”

Kameese Davis, Founder of Cherish Earth Ltd

More about the programme

Access our online events

We have events to support you at every stage, covering topics from Selling with Confidence to Developing a Remote Culture, alongside our Audience with... series and industry specialist events.

Support from our partners

We work with industry partners to provide you with support when it matters. Whether that’s legal advice or help with finances, our partners can help through free 1:1 sessions and bespoke advice.

Our Acceleration Managers

Entrepreneurs benefit from time with experienced Acceleration Managers, getting them to think differently, pushing them out of their comfort zones by challenging them as leaders.

About our hubs

We’ve created a world-class entrepreneurship proposition with hubs throughout the UK. Use our hubs to access co-working space, events and  a community of like-minded entrepreneurs in a location near to you. They’re designed to be true centres of entrepreneurial activity for the regions they represent.

Hubs are currently closed due to Covid-19.

More opportunities for business and enterprise

At NatWest Group, we’re the biggest supporter of UK businesses. As a major lender, we offer a wide range of services to people who want to start a business or scale-up. We’re committed to remove barriers, provide more opportunities and help companies grow.

With our dedicated Climate Accelerator, we are committed to reserve at least 25% of places in our Royal Bank Accelerator hubs for businesses supporting environmental activities.

Find out what we're doing to support Enterprise in the UK

See how we're leading the way in addressing climate change

Other support programmes

Business Builder

Build your business the right way

We’ve developed Business Builder to support businesses and entrepreneurs at all stages, whether you’re just starting out or are an established business looking to make a change. It's free and you don’t have to be a Royal Bank customer to join.

Dream Bigger

Challenging young women to dream bigger

Dream Bigger is a free programme focused on developing transferrable entrepreneurial skills in 16 to 18 year old females across the UK. We aim to drive confidence in preparation for the future world of work and impact the percentage of women who intend to start a business.

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