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As businesses across Essex continue to restart, rebuild and recover, NatWest’s Business Growth Enabler Hayley Locking will be supporting businesses move forward following lockdown.



In her role, NatWest will work with local partners to champion the potential of businesses and support business owners as they develop and grow. This may be through one to one mentoring support or by helping entrepreneurs connect with a business network. Hayley will also be running regular events on topics such as marketing your business, protecting your business from cyber risks and the financial support landscape together with networking events to bring the local business community together. Hayley will also support new and developing businesses achieve their potential through NatWest’s Business Builder. This digital tool is on hand to provide help with all aspects of getting new businesses off the ground, with a wide range of online learning and workshops.



The NatWest Group have set out the bold new ambition to be a leading bank in the UK & Republic of Ireland helping to address the climate challenge. NatWest aims to make their own operations net carbon zero in 2020 and climate positive by 2025, and by driving material reductions in the climate impact of our financing activity.


As we move from 2020 into 2021, Hayley will continue to provide specialist support to female entrepreneurs as part of NatWest’s commitment to supporting women in business. As an ambassador for women in business, she holds an accreditation in NatWest’s Everywoman program which supports female business owners to turn their dreams and ambitions into a reality.



Hayley said: “The last six months have been an incredibly challenging time for all of us in a variety of ways but, as we look to the future, it’s absolutely vital the local eco-system continues to support businesses across Essex as they move forward. We know there are new enterprises that have developed over this period as well as those that have had to adapt and change, and I look forward to working with our partners to support further growth in Essex.”



Hayley has over 14 years’ experience in Banking and Finance and has spent the last four years specialising in business development and entrepreneurship.


You can watch NatWest’s YouTube video on their commitment to the climate challenge here.