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women-in-business

Women in business

Investing in women

We’re #backingtheUK to empower every woman in business

We’re absolutely committed to delivering meaningful and ongoing support to help all women in business realise their ambitions.

The challenges you might face in business are varied and complex. But we’re here for the long haul to help provide you with the expertise, skills, finance1 and knowledge you need for ongoing success.

Our commitment to you

We’ll be updating this page whenever we have updates on our commitments and further information, so please check it regularly.

  

Support 100k women across the UK to start up and run their business

We’ll provide you with expertise, events and specialised support to help get your business up and running. Take a look at our Female Founders Forum checklist, where you’ll find top tips on helping female-led businesses through coronavirus and beyond.

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Connect women in business with finance to help them succeed1

Make the most of our financial knowledge, family friendly products, dedicated programmes and partnerships for tech founders2.

If you have a business loan, or are thinking of applying for one, our capital repayment holiday1 could give you the flexibility to balance work and what matters most. Search Barclays Business Loans.

 



Provide skills for this generation and the next to help them into entrepreneurship

Use our LifeSkills steps to starting a business tools and resources, which help support the next generation of female business owners to develop the skills they need.

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  • Realise your potential

    Because you’re balancing more than just the books, we want to make sure you’re equipped with the right information, tools and networking opportunities to bring your business dreams to life

    Female Founders Forum

    We’re proud to have partnered with The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) to set up the Female Founders Forum – a space where inspirational women entrepreneurs can connect, support each other and promote innovation3.

    Eagle Lab Events

    As part of our pioneering Eagle Labs platform, we’ve planned an exciting range of talks, events and workshops to help your business thrive.

    LifeSkills

    Whether you’re looking to unlock your own potential or nurture others, we’re here to help you develop the key skills you need to excel at work and beyond.

    Female Founders First

    Research shows the biggest challenges to female entrepreneurs are access to networks, business advice and capital.

    We’re committed to changing this, so we’ve teamed up with Techstars to create the Female Founders First programme. It’s an opportunity for 30 trailblazing female-led tech companies from around the globe to access mentorship and a range of online events and products. This helps them ready their start-ups for their next phase.

  • Female entrepreneur case studies

     Read about some of our female entrepreneurs – they share how they grew their business and overcame challenges.

    Entrepreneurs uncovered: Fran Bishop

    How a pair of patent leather shoes led to a children’s wear chain

    Owner of The Pud Store – and Apprentice finalist – Fran Bishop talks about how working as a barmaid and a formative childhood experience helped shape her as an entrepreneur.

    Entrepreneur Tania Boler, who launched the Elvie Trainer.

    Entrepreneurs uncovered: Tania Boler

    How Elvie is changing the way people think about women’s technology

    Tania Boler talks about the challenge of bringing Elvie Trainer, the award-winning smart Kegel exerciser, to market and her passion for technology to improve women’s lives.

    Founder of Propercorn, Cassandra Stavrou.

    Entrepreneurs Uncovered: Cassandra Stavrou

    How Propercorn went from cement mixers to supermarket shelves

    The premium snack entrepreneur talks about the importance of self-belief when founding a business and how she ensures her company culture attracts a talented team.

  • Helpful tools and guides

    Our handy tools and guides will help support you and your business.

    Business insights

    Information and advice to help your business going forward

    We’ve put together a wide range of knowledge and insight for you – read up on plans, financial support, media and marketing and much more.

    Ethical Angel

    We’ve teamed  up with Ethical Angel  to mentor 100 female-led social SMEs.


Here to help you

Not sure where to begin? Discover the insights you need to start building a business you’re proud of today.

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Writing a business plan

Your guide to a successful business plan

A good business plan defines what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it. Our guide could help you write yours.

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Brexit and beyond

Adapting to change

We’ve put together a series of articles and guides to support you and your business, and help you feel more confident about the future.

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Business money management

Help keep your business finances healthy

Develop your business money-management skills with our guides on managing cashflow and adapting to coronavirus.

Business bank accounts

Whether you’re a seasoned businesswoman or just starting out, our business accounts are here to help make banking simple. Make payments, send invoices and manage your account on the go with our award-winning app4. T&Cs apply.

Her Own Boss

Her Own Boss is a podcast created by six graduates at Barclays and is designed to bridge the early careers confidence gap by inspiring and educating young women to find their inner entrepreneur.

 

You can listen on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts  or find it on any other major podcast platforms.

Build Back Better

Our panel discussion held on our Business Banking Facebook channel  brought together local Government, businesses and policy experts to explore how to power inclusive growth and help the UK build back better, whilst looking into the localised barriers female entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them. Read more about the live broadcast and view our takeaway checklist, designed in partnership with The Entrepreneurs Network for practical guidance and useful resources to support your business resilience through COVID-19 and beyond.