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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 programme specialising in wrap around support provides:
- 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.
Who is Royal Bank Accelerator for?
If you're a 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.
Reza Najafian, CEO of StaffScanner
“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.”
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.
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 one-to-one coaching with our Acceleration coaches.
- Accountability through goal setting and tracking progress.
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.
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
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.
Specialist support for high growth businesses
We’ve got programmes, products and support from real people with real expertise tailored just for high growth businesses. So whatever size your business, if you’re just starting out with the potential to grow quickly, already growing fast or even thinking about scaling, our support could help you get there faster.
Kameese Davis, Founder of Cherish Earth Ltd
“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.”
More about the programme
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.
Find your nearest location
Email a hub to find out about upcoming events and activity.
More opportunities for business and enterprise
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.
Many of the businesses we support in our Accelerator have a climate focus. We support businesses in all sectors to help them become more sustainable.
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 of Scotland customer to join.
Clean Transport Accelerator
We're supporting businesses develop products and services that will help the UK achieve its net zero goals.
The programme is run in partnership with the University of Warwick. It's open to applicants in the UK mobility sector, including supply chains and fuel providers.
We’re opening for applications in the coming months.