Rose Review Female Entrepreneurs Mentoring Programme

Tackle your business challenges, achieve your goals, and sign up to this free mentoring programme.

A free 12-week programme for SME leaders. Backed by the government, the scheme is structured to give ongoing support and advice to participants.

In 2019, Alison Rose, Chief Executive of NatWest, published The Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, as commissioned by the UK government. One of the key findings of the Rose Review is that if women were to start and scale businesses at the same rate as men, it would add £250bn to the UK economy: so addressing inequality in entrepreneurship isn’t just good for women, it’s good for everyone.

One of the key barriers for women, identified by the Rose Review, is a lack of relatable sponsorship, mentorship and role models. To help address this, NatWest has partnered with Be the Business to launch a free mentoring service for female entrepreneurs in the Leeds City Region.


To take part, you need to:

  • Already run your own business
  • Identify as a woman
  • Live or run your business in the Leeds City Region

How to apply

Simply register to join the free Rapid Response Mentoring programme via the link below, and you will be prompted to select your mentor. We suggest you meet with your mentor weekly (through calls or online meetings) for the duration of the12-week period to get the most out of the programme.

Secure your free place today

About Be the Business

Be the Business is a business-led and government-supported independent charity created to close the UK’s productivity gap. Chaired by Charlie Mayfield, former chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Be the Business is spearheading a business-led drive to help companies across the UK improve their performance. Our range of free resources, mentoring programmes, leadership courses and peer learning groups are designed to help ambitious leaders build more competitive, successful, and growing businesses.

Watch now. This online event with Be the Business and NatWest discusses how working with an experienced mentor can help you get your business plans in place this year. Speakers include Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a range of mentors and mentees.