The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is a large international banking and financial services company, serving over 40 million customers.

About RBS

The RBS Group provides a wide range of products and services to personal, commercial and large corporate and institutional customers through its two principal subsidiaries, The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, and a number of other well-known brands, including Citizens, Charter One, Ulster Bank, Coutts, Direct Line and Churchill. The Group operates in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Asia, and serves over 40 million customers. The Royal Bank of Scotland has been in operation since 1727.

The Program

RBS believes that gender diversity enables better understanding of and responsiveness to a diverse client base. In the UK, the Women in Business program – led by RBS subsidiary NatWest – supports women-led and -owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by recognizing that women often benefit from a different type of banking approach and relationship building. The program has trained hundreds of Relationship Managers to specialize in the needs of Women in Business.

One of the key initiatives that has helped to influence and change the RBS Group’s diversity and inclusion strategy is the Focused Women’s Network. Started in 2007, the network has grown to 6,000 members in 31 countries, making it one of the largest women’s networks in the financial services sector. The network is based on a mantra of networking, personal development and giving back to charity, and membership is open to men and women at all levels of seniority.

RBS has been placed in The Times Top 50 Where Women Want to Work list every year since the list’s inception and achieved gold status with Opportunity Now – a gender campaign charity that aims to accelerate change for women in the workplace.

To learn more about RBS and NatWest’s Women’s Market achievements, read our Case Study on the Women in Business program.



RBS was founded in 1727.

The bank serves over
40 million customers
around the world.

RBS has hundreds of
Relationship Managers
specializing in the needs
of women in business.

Since 2007, RBS has
opened more than
320,000 women-owned
business accounts.

RBS owns the Focused
Women’s Network,
one of the largest
women’s networks
in the financial services
sector, with 6,000
members in 31 countries.



The Opportunity in the United Kingdom


of women age 15 or older participated in the UK workforce in 2017, according to the World Bank.


of UK women had a bank account as of 2017, Findex found.


of women in the UK got a loan from a formal financial institution in 2017, but nearly 3/4 of all women in the country reported borrowing money that year, Findex data showed.


of women saved at a financial institution in the UK in 2017, Findex found, with 72% engaging in any savings behavior that year.

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