Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

This weekend is Small Business Saturday– a nationwide campaign encouraging people to support their local independent businesses. Here are some examples of small businesses supported by the RBS and NatWest business banking and commercial banking teams around the UK.

Staiths Café, North Yorkshire

Following a life long ambition Suzanne Hutton and Mark Hodgson sold their home and opened a continental style cafe with support from NatWest. Staiths Café Bar was funded with support from NatWest and will create three new jobs for the local community over the next 12 months. 

Living the Dream, St Albans

25 year old dance entrepreneur Zoe Jackson has expanded her performing arts business to set up a talent agency. Representing children, teenagers and professional dancers, actors and choreographers, the agency will champion young talent for work in West End shows, TV, film and music videos. The expansion was made possible thanks to a 5 figure finance package from NatWest.

Dressplace Bridal, Nottingham

Helen Dickson who started her own bridal business just five years ago following redundancy, received funding to relocate to city-centre premises. Working with NatWest relationship manager Helen successfully secured a five-figure loan in order to relocate to and renovate a large premises over three floors. Helen has also increased staff numbers, with nine employees now working at the store, and introduced new product lines and dress designers.

Northwood, Colchester

Former serviceman Mark Bembrick from Colchester has turned entrepreneur after 22 years’ service in the forces.

Having served in both the Parachute Regiment and Royal Military Police, Mark Bembrick recently opened the doors of specialist letting and estate agency, Northwood (Colchester) Ltd − with support from NatWest.  



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