Supporting an entrepreneurial UK

Supporting an entrepreneurial UK

The RBS Inspiring Enterprise grant funding programme was launched in 2012 with a pledge to provide £3 million of funding to the enterprise support sector over a three year period. The financial support was to be targeted towards helping to build the capacity of organisations that encourage and support young people and women to explore enterprise.

Fast forward to the close of 2014 and the £3m fund has been distributed. To coincide with this, RBS has published the infographic below that tells the story of the impact that RBS Inspiring Enterprise has delivered so far.

£3,016,674 has been distributed to 107 organisations right across the UK, everywhere from the Welsh Valleys to inner-city London, from Belfast to Birmingham, and from the city centre of Manchester to the rural villages of Perthshire. However, it is the people behind the RBS Inspiring Enterprise stories that matter most.

Anna Sowa is just one example of someone who has achieved success after working with ‘The WiSEE Project’, which was funded by RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise. Anna was able to develop her ‘Chouette Films’ business and embark on her own enterprise journey.

Anna said: "When Chouette Films 'hatched from an egg' we started with the aim of producing high-quality, powerful but affordable films for social change. We immediately found a market for our films but more importantly were making a genuine difference. The lack of environmentally sound practices in the industry really concerned us. We wanted to challenge this and take Chouette Films one step further and become a green film production company. We also had no doubt film is a perfect medium to set a new trend in this regard which other industries should follow. Being selected as a WiSEE finalist has been the very beginning of our green journey."

Anna's story is just one of many. So far, RBS Inspiring Enterprise, together with the organisations has supported over 20,000 people to develop their enterprise skills, knowledge and networks, helping 845 of these people to start up a new businesses.

Next year will see us announce a new grant funding programme, so if you haven’t already, please register for our mailing list, and be the first to hear about our new programme.



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