Cause4 and Santander Launch 2017 Women in Business Breakthrough Mentoring Programme

The following text was adapted from http://startups.co.uk/breakthrough-women-in-business-programme-2017-launch/.

The scheme will match 30 female entrepreneurs with female mentors who are already running multi-million pound revenue businesses.

To be eligible for the programme, entrants must be the majority shareholder of a business with an annual turnover of between £250,000 and £6m, have been trading for at least three years, have between five and 40 employees and an idea that is highly scalable and capable of boosting local employment.

Breakthrough Women in Business networking events have already taken place in Exeter, Manchester and Glasgow over the last month, with further events planned for Birmingham and London in November.

Speakers will include Justice Williams MBE, founder of Women Who; Stephanie Chamberlain, founder of Magic Milestones; and Michelle Wright, founder of B-Corp and Social Enterprise Cause4.

The deadline for applications to the mentoring programme is December 8 2016, with finalists announced on December 23. The programme will run from January and June 2017.

Sue Douthwaite, ‎managing director of Santander Business, said: “We are delighted to be running the Breakthrough Women in Business Programme in partnership with Cause4.  This dedicated initiative is one of the most comprehensive programmes of its type and offers real value to the selected entrepreneurs.”

Cause4 CEO Michelle Wright commented: “Female entrepreneurs are a vital part of the UK’s SME business community.  This programme from Santander Breakthrough is of huge importance in bringing together female entrepreneurs across the country to share experiences and to learn from each other.”

The link to apply as a mentee can be found here, and potential mentors should email santanderbreakthrough@cause4.co.uk for further details.

"The course was informative, enjoyable, covering plenty of ground in just one day without feeling rushed at all. It came at a crucial time in our planning and thinking as a development team and was a very welcome pause for thought. Michelle was a brilliant facilitator and it was a real benefit to hear about her experiences across the sector."

Jane Reynolds, Development Manager, Manchester International Festival