? NatWest’s bid to boost green Birmingham businesses

High street bank is calling for climate-focused companies to apply for new business accelerator hub in the city.

High street bank NatWest is launching a new accelerator programme in Birmingham aimed at supporting the next generation of green businesses.

The three-month Entrepreneur Accelerator programme, which will be run at the bank’s base in Brindleyplace, is aimed at helping climate-focused companies grow.

It will offer one-to-one mentoring, group workshops, access to specialist networks and supply chains, including those in the climate sector, and support from NatWest’s national programme partners.

These include Dell Technologies, Pinsent Masons, Equifax, Deloitte Propel, FreeAgent and Hiscox.

The NatWest Climate Accelerator Programme is funded by the bank with no requirement on participants to give up equity in their businesses.

Pam Sheemar, entrepreneur development manager with NatWest in Birmingham

Pam Sheemar, entrepreneur development manager in Birmingham, said: “We want to offer climate-focussed businesses wraparound support to help them achieve their goals supporting the environment, in addition to the support provided through our core accelerator programme.

“Our NatWest Climate Accelerator programme has been tailored to empower climate-focused businesses looking to grow and scale.

“We have designed this programme having identified some of the key challenges faced by these types of businesses.”

The deadline for applications is October 12 – for more information email pam.sheemar@natwest.com and visit NatWest.com to register.