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Funding Targeted at Welsh Franchise Sector


The Welsh franchise sector is valued at £400m yet according to NatWest Cymru a significant number of people – many prospective female entrepreneurs – are dissuaded from launching a franchise business because they believe high street banks will not support them with funding.

A free event being staged by the bank with Encouraging Women Into Franchise in Cardiff on February 7 aims to dispel that myth.

Hosted at NatWest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator in One Central Square, it will bring together key sector specialists to talk about launching and funding a franchise business.

NatWest Cymru says more women wanting to start this type of venture should be encouraged and supported to do so. It will lend up to 75% of the cost of launching a franchise as well as providing additional support to help start and grow the business.

Peter Howe, NatWest Franchise Development Manager, said:

“Franchise businesses are an important part of the Welsh economy and have been a launch pad for many successful Welsh entrepreneurs.

“There can be a misconception however that banks will not be willing to support or fund these kind of businesses, which in the case of NatWest is not true. We have a specialist team to help provide the funding and support entrepreneurs need to finance and launch a franchise business.

“Crucially, we want to support more women interested in the franchise sector, which is why this event at our accelerator in Cardiff is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the support, funding and opportunities available.”

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