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Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: WWF UK LIving Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking, GU21 4LL

Woking Works, in partnership with Surrey Chambers of Commerce, is pleased to bring all female leaders and entrepreneurs together to hear a report on The Rose Review, which looks to identify the barriers faced by women when starting or growing a business.

The Rose Review:

The government-commissioned Rose Review examines the barriers women in business face and what can be done to overcome them.

The UK is the start-up capital of Europe, attracting more venture capital than any other European country, yet only one in three UK entrepreneurs is female. In comparison with 15% of women in Canada, almost 11% of women in the US, and over 9% of women in Australia and the Netherlands, only 5.6% of UK women run their own companies. But without more women in business, the UK is losing out. According to a new government-backed review by Alison Rose, CEO of commercial and private banking at NatWest, boosting female entrepreneurship could add £250bn to the economy.

What’s holding women back? Rose’s review says access to funding, risk awareness, primary care responsibilities and perception of skills are among the barriers female entrepreneurs need to overcome. And in order to do that, she recommends eight initiatives the private sector (and parts of the public sector) can take forward, including: increased funding; support from private investors; the expansion of mentoring and networking opportunities; and accelerating the rollout of entrepreneurial courses to schools and colleges.

Our Speakers

Yvonne Greeves, Head of Women in Business

As Head of Women in Business for NatWest, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and Ulster Bank, Yvonne is responsible for designing and implementing the Women in Business Strategy working with key stakeholders both internally and externally across the UK.

With over 500 WIB specialists across the country, she is also responsible for supporting this network to collaborate, build relationships and influence senior stakeholders, strategic partners and external organisations across the UK to drive the WIB proposition for the bank.

Yvonne’s passion is to champion female led businesses and is a member of the Cross Party Group for Women in Enterprise at the Scottish Parliament.

In addition, Yvonne is a member of the Women & Girls Sports Advisory Board and the Women in Enterprise Advisory Council for the Scottish Government.

Yvonne actively mentors and provides training to Women in Business across the country and is keen to inspire women to set up and scale their business. Yvonne has a number of Board positions and is Chair of MsMissMrs, a Community Interest Company seeking to empower women and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

She is also trustee of Changing the Chemistry, an organisation seeking Diversity of thought on boards and recently joined the board of Firstport, an organisation that support new Social Enterprises across Scotland.

Alison Galvin – CPO/ CFO, Co-Founder, Invotra

A co-founder of Invotra, Alison has been Invotra’s Financial Director since its incorporation 10 years ago, and played an integral role in successfully growing the company. She is responsible for the daily operations of the business and uses her multi-sector experience to provide much needed skills in management and business. Alison is also responsible for driving the successful apprenticeship program within the company.