Rated by Beauhurst as the top UK Accelerator by size and growth
The Ulster Bank Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level.
Our free Ulster Bank Accelerator programmes specialising in High Growth, Climate, FinTech and Purpose-led provide:
If you're a high growth business with ambitions to expand, the Ulster Bank Accelerator programme could help. You may be looking to build your team, venture into new markets or seeking further investment. The programme could help you gain the knowledge and skills to excel in a range of business areas:
Our current Accelerator programmes are open to all business owners, you do not have to be an Ulster Bank customer.
If you are not yet a customer but would like to learn more, visit our Products and Services page and see how you could accelerate your business.
“It has really allowed me to broaden my network both internally within the hub and externally. Having check-ins with a dedicated coach really makes you accountable for your actions and keeps you setting deadlines for yourself. The feedback and advice has been invaluable for my business.”
Reza Najafian, CEO of StaffScanner
We focus on the key driver of any business - you. With the right level of support and challenge, we could help you to take your business much further and faster.
Join a vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs through our virtual network and make use of free co-working spaces across the UK.*
*Co-working spaces are currently closed due to Covid-19
As the biggest bank for business in the UK, our experienced Regional Ecosystem Managers are here to connect you to the unrivalled partner and mentor network across the UK, at the right time for you and your business.
Join a small group of five other business owners and an experienced NatWest Acceleration Manager for our regular sessions that could really take your business places. Covering topics faced by every growing business, they’re geared to give clarity and inspire action.
To take part, you’ll need:
“The entrepreneurial journey can be a lonely and isolating experience, which can often cause you to second guess your decisions and slow progression. The camaraderie amongst entrepreneurs is something that I will deeply miss.
In the hub, there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and someone is always on hand to give you the sound advice, encouragement or support you need to drive your business forward.”
Kameese Davis, Founder of Cherish Earth Ltd
We have events to support you at every stage, covering topics from Selling with Confidence to Developing a Remote Culture, alongside our Audience with... series and industry specialist events.
Entrepreneurs benefit from time with experienced Acceleration Managers, getting them to think differently, pushing them out of their comfort zones by challenging them as leaders.
We’ve created a world-class entrepreneurship proposition with hubs throughout the UK. Use our hubs to access co-working space, events and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs in a location near to you. They’re designed to be true centres of entrepreneurial activity for the regions they represent.
Hubs are currently closed due to Covid-19.
At NatWest Group, we’re the biggest supporter of UK businesses. As a major lender, we offer a wide range of services to people who want to start a business or scale-up. We’re committed to remove barriers, provide more opportunities and help companies grow.
With our dedicated Climate Accelerator, we are committed to reserve at least 25% of places in our Ulster Bank Accelerator hubs for businesses supporting environmental activities.
Build your business the right way
We’ve developed Business Builder to support businesses and entrepreneurs at all stages, whether you’re just starting out or are an established business looking to make a change. It's free and you don’t have to be a NatWest customer to join.
Challenging young women to dream bigger
Dream Bigger is a free programme focused on developing transferrable entrepreneurial skills in 16 to 18 year old females across the UK. We aim to drive confidence in preparation for the future world of work and impact the percentage of women who intend to start a business.