In 2019, the UK government and private sector leads created a voluntary pledge that commits FSPs to provide data on financing for WSMEs. The Code has been signed by more than 100 banks and investors across the UK. This case study codifies the process behind the Code and shares key lessons learned for other countries to develop similar models.
To successfully scale their business, entrepreneurs need both capital and access to new market opportunities. Yet many, especially Women SMEs (WSMEs) face challenges in accessing new markets. In this session we look at the most critical challenges and how they can be addressed, how FSPs can leverage their own power and network to support WSMEs overcome market challenges and scale their business and what it takes to create an enabling environment for WSMEs to scale.
Progress Report – March 2020: The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship
One year on, this update finds that NatWest’s “Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship” has already had an impact on women entrepreneurs in the UK, with the Investing in Women Code adopted by 22 financial institutions in the country; NatWest dedicating GBP 1 billion (US$1.2 billion) in ring-fenced debt funding for women-led businesses; and Local Enterprise Partnerships established across the country.
IFC Banking on Women Business Case Update
IFC’s annual survey of its banking clients continues to provide insight into the potential size and financial performance of women-led small and medium enterprises, and why financial institutions should pay greater attention to this segment.
Women Entrepreneurs and Effective Banking in Emerging Markets
This case study on BLC Bank in Lebanon from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School showcases how the bank is boosting the country’s economy and the financial inclusion of women while also achieving business success through its We Initiative women’s program.
All In: Women in the VC Ecosystem
This report from All Raise and PitchBook explores progress and barriers for women in venture capital.
Powering Prosperity: Financing Today’s Women Entrepreneurs
This webinar, conducted in partnership with the SME Finance Forum, explored the current landscape of financing for women entrepreneurs, with a look at case studies from innovators who are finding success and making an impact with women in business.
Friendly Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Presentation from Paul Jenkins, Senior Partner, Head of Digital for McKinsey in Western Europe, at the 2019 Alliance Summit
Itaú Women Entrepreneurs Program: Female enterprise as part of a sustainable performance strategy
This report from Itaú Unibanco shares the bank’s Women’s Market journey and presents the main findings that guided the creation of their value proposition for the Itaú Women Entrepreneurs Program.
The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship
This report from RBS sets out recommendations to improve female start-up and scale-up rates and contribute £250 billion of new value to the UK economy.
Estudio de Caso: Access Bank
La segmentación estratégica del Segmento Mujer de Access Bank ha impulsado un sólido crecimiento en el portafolio de mujeres en este banco nigeriano. Este estudio de caso explora cómo el banco desarrolló su estrategia y delinea varias de las innovaciones que el banco ha instituido para acercarse hacia las mujeres en Nigeria y en toda África. (English version)
Estudio de Caso:
Como único banco público en el país, BancoEstado se maneja como un banco privado, con el mandato específico de entregar productos y servicios financieros a toda la población y contribuir a un país más inclusivo y equitativo. Este estudio de caso examina cómo el banco evolucionó desde la bancarización de las mujeres en Chile a el desarrollo de soluciones integrales para mujeres empresarias del país. (English version)
GBA Case Study: Access Bank
Access Bank’s innovative Women’s Market segmentation strategy has propelled strong growth in the women’s portfolio at the Nigerian powerhouse. This Case Study explores how they went about developing their strategy and some of the innovative ways they are reaching out to women in their home base and across Africa. (Versión en español)
GBA Case Study:
As Chile’s only state-owned commercial bank, BancoEstado has a distinct mandate to deliver financial products and services to the entire population and contribute to a more inclusive and equal country. This Case Study looks at how the bank went from massifying access to financial services for women to unlocking the potential of women’s businesses. (Version en español)
Global Business Case Tool for Financial Services Providers
This tool helps the user develop a business case for the Women’s Market by quantifying the market opportunity and estimating an FSP’s direct financial benefits from strategically targeting the female economy – providing strong groundwork for a presentation to senior management to integrate a Women’s Market program into the FSP’s overall strategy. The Excel-based tool also comes with a PDF guide to help the user understand how to use the resource.
Evaluation Report: Bank of Palestine Strengthens Women-Owned Businesses and the Economy
This evaluation report highlights the business results and lessons learned from IFC’s partnership with Bank of Palestine and its Felestineya Women’s Market program.
GBA Case Study I: NatWest
Julie Baker shared the strategic rationale for NatWest’s Women in Business program and discussed its journey to becoming the bank of choice for women in business in the UK at the 2017 GBA Summit.
FMO’s Female Leadership Journey
The Female Leadership Journey program is a partnership between the Dutch development bank FMO and Access Bank Ghana to unleash the potential of female leaders of the future. Learn more in this video.
GBA Case Study: NatWest
The fifth in the GBA’s Case Study series on best practice banks features Women in Business champion NatWest, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland. The bank has found great success through its ability to leverage partners in the ecosystem to deliver real value to its women clients.
Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017
Strong supporting conditions such as access to financial services and ease of doing business pave the way for progress in businesses owned by women. The inaugural Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs seeks to understand and track women’s progress and achievements in the business world, identifying which factors and conditions are most conducive to closing the gender gap among business owners in an economy.
Gender in the Financial System
This is the English version of the Superintendencia de Bancos e Instituciones Financieras of Chile’s 2016 report, “Gender in the Financial System,” intended to give the international community access to the country’s gender-based data on its financial system. (Versión en español)
Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2016
This OECD publication presents an original collection of indicators for measuring the state of entrepreneurship and its determinants, and provides new data on SMEs and SME productivity, plus indicators to monitor gender gaps in entrepreneurship.
RBS Supplier Diversity
This video explains RBS’s Supplier Diversity & Inclusion strategy and Code of Conduct.
The Missing Entrepreneurs 2015
The Missing Entrepreneurs 2015 is the third edition in a series of OECD annual reports that provide data and policy analysis on inclusive entrepreneurship. The report contains data on the scale and scope of entrepreneurship and self-employment activities across EU Member States by social target groups, as well as the barriers they face.
What Helps Women Entrepreneurs Globally Scale Their Businesses?
As leading supporters of Asia-Pacific’s women entrepreneurs, EY and Standard Chartered Bank have come together to explore the hurdles women entrepreneurs in the region are hitting in their growth journeys that prevent them from scaling their businesses globally, and how to help overcome them to accelerate growth.
Women in Business
This NatWest infographic shows the results of a survey of women’s attitudes and behaviors around entrepreneurship.
Doing Business 2017
Doing Business 2017 is the 14th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. This edition introduces a gender dimension in four of the 11 topics sets.
NatWest: How Our Staff Are Making a Difference
Rebecca and Clare had always loved creating beauty products. So when they decided to turn a passion into a business, NatWest’s Jonathan was there to help.
NatWest: Coda Falconry
Sarah always dreamed of opening her own falconry business. It wasn’t an easy road to tread, but with a solid business plan, a lot of determination and some support from NatWest and the Women in Business team, she succeeded.
GBA Case Study: TEB
This third Case Study in the GBA series highlighting members’ Women’s Market success looks at TEB in Turkey, which has built its reputation among women SME owners as a “consultant bank” through its comprehensive non-financial services offerings. (Version en español)
Género en el Sistema Financiero 2015
Este informe presenta los últimos descubrimientos sobre “Género en el Sistema Financiero” en Chile . (English version)
Brechas de género en el sistema financiero
Esta presentación estuvo a cargo de Superintendente Eric Parrado en la presentación del informe 2016 SBIF .
This video from Westpac Banking Corporation introduces the company’s new Live Online Lending Application (LOLA).
TEB Women Banking
This video from TEB’le Kadin shows why TEB supports women-owned/led SMEs in Turkey.
TEB Women Banking
This video from TEB’le Kadin shows why TEB supports women-owned/led SMEs in Turkey.
BHD León: Encuesta Vídeo
Banco BHD León of the Dominican Republic surveys its women entrepreneur customers.
We Initiative – BLC Bank
BLC Bank’s We Initiative – Women Empowerment Initiative, is the first and only holistic program dedicated to the financial empowerment of women in the Middle East. It targets women in their plurality, as entrepreneurs, professionals, mothers and in their daily lives, seeking to find solutions for their challenges and concerns and aiming to unleash their potential.
Brilliant Lebanese Awards 2016
BLC Bank is accepting applications for its annual awards, honoring Lebanese entrepreneurs.
Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015
The 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards culminated in a gala event on Thursday 15 October at Sydney’s Town Hall. The purpose of the awards is to uncover, promote and celebrate women across Australia who are creating positive change.
Does Disruption Drive Job Creation?
The EY Global Job Creation Survey 2016 surveyed a record number — nearly 2,700 — of entrepreneurs in 12 major economies. Almost 6 in 10 (59%) respondents expect to increase their workforce in 2016, a leap of more than a quarter year-on-year. It is also twice the proportion of large companies planning to grow headcount, as reported in EY’s recent Capital Confidence Barometer.
When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive
Building on considerable research that proves the link between diversity, innovation, and profitability, When Women Thrive leverages Mercer’s extensive experience with thousands of companies around the world to help understand the actual drivers of success in building gender diversity. The study covers 583 organizations in 42 countries, representing 3.2 million employees, including 1.3 million women.
Webinar: Developing Distinct CVPs for Women – BHD León
This is a modified version of the presentation given by Banco BHD León’s Vice President, Business Development Daniel Gutiérrez at the May 18, 2016, GBA and SME Finance Forum webinar, “Developing Distinct Customer Value Propositions: What Banks Need to Know about the Women’s Market.”
Webinar: Developing Distinct CVPs for Women – BLC Bank
This is a modified version of the presentation given by BLC Bank’s Head of Brands Management, Marketing Group Karyl Akilian at the May 18, 2016, GBA and SME Finance Forum webinar, “Developing Distinct Customer Value Propositions: What Banks Need to Know about the Women’s Market.”
2016 TEB Study Tour: TEB Start-Up Business Banking
This presentation details TEB’s offering to start-ups, including a suite of innovative non-financial services tailored to the specific needs of these new businesses.
2016 TEB Study Tour: TEB SME Banking Group
This presentation, given at the April 2016 Study Tour to TEB in Istanbul, offers a comprehensive overview of the bank’s best-in-class non-financial services and SME banking strategy.
Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs in New York City
This report from Citi and WENYC is the result of a study to understand the state and needs of women entrepreneurs in New York City. It includes a detailed review of existing literature, an analysis of demographic data and an assessment of current services that support women entrepreneurs.
10 Million Strong: The Tipping Point for Women’s Entrepreneurship
This annual report from the National Women’s Business Council is a synthesis of the Council’s commitment to supporting women in business by producing best-in-class, actionable research on the most relevant issues facing aspiring and current women business owners and leaders, and identifying – through research and engagement – the unique barriers and challenges of women in pursuit of business.
Itaú Unibanco: Inside the Strategy
This is the presentation given at the Exposure Visit to Itaú Unibanco ahead of the Global Data Symposium at the 2015 GBA Summit.
Women’s Investment Behavior
This is the presentation given by Martin Iglesias, Manager of Asset Allocation, Itaú Unibanco, during the panel High Net Worth at the 2015 GBA Summit.
High Net Worth
This is the presentation given by Michael Foy, Director, Wealth Management, J.D. Power, during the panel High Net Worth at the 2015 GBA Summit.