Caroline Thompson

Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest

Caroline is NatWest’s Entrepreneurial Development Manager for Cardiff and Bristol. Her role supports entrepreneurs as part of the Entrepreneurial Spark programme to power their growth plus she links to the external ecosystems to make appropriate connections for all entrepreneurs. NatWest have put in place an Entrepreneurial Development Programme for all of their staff to support and encourage entrepreneurial thinking and growth mindset.Caroline is heavily involved with this work.  Caroline has enjoyed a career of 27 years with NatWest working in a range of traditional banking and leadership roles.

Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest

NatWest recently announced a commitment to support the country’s entrepreneurs to pro-actively help them grown and develop. A key part of this announcement was a pledge to set up a network of business accelerator hubs in partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark in key cities across the UK. Locations include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester and Belfast with 3 more hubs opening in August in Cardiff, Newcastle and Milton Keynes. Entrepreneurial Spark have an enviable record in making start-ups a success with 88% of the businesses they work with still trading today. Since 2012 they have supported 660 businesses with a combined turnover of £85m – creating over 1,800 jobs.

The unique accelerator and partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark will provide office space and access to fundamental services, a 6-18 month programme of hands-on coaching and mentoring, a start-up ‘boot camp’ and regular workshop events for up to 80 entrepreneurs at any one time. This service will be funded entirely by the bank and will be completely free of charge to entrepreneurs –  taking no equity, no fee and there is no requirement for the entrepreneurs to bank with us.