Episode 4: Claire Copeman

Finding Angels

How do you secure angel investment for your growing business - and ensure your relationship with your investors is as good as a strong marriage?

In this episode, Gemma chats to Claire Copeman, co-founder of Adventure Tours UK, who left a successful marketing career to self-fund a travel company based on her passion for the great Welsh outdoors. Even as she was starting out, Claire was advised that she'd need investment to grow - and she describes how words of wisdom imparted at that early stage helped her navigate the funding landscape.


Episode Topics

01:28: What Adventure Tours UK is, and why Claire decided to launch it.

05:06: Funding the start-up.

06:03: Logistics of setting up a travel business.

07:29:  Using networks effectively to get a business off the ground.

12:36: Seeking and securing angel investment.

15:34: Running a sustainable business.

21:49: Starting the B Corps journey.

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NatWest

As the UK's biggest bank for business, NatWest is committed to championing women's potential and to helping you start, scale and succeed.

As long-standing supporters of Women in Business, the bank understands the challenges women might face when setting up or running a business. NatWest has more than 1,000 Women in Business Accredited Specialists on hand to provide support, expertise and guidance.

The Rose Review

The Rose Review was launched in March 2019 by Alison Rose,  NatWest's CEO, at the request of the UK government. It sets out to identify the disparity between male and female entrepreneurs when starting and scaling businesses, and the barriers facing women.

This has resulted in 'unrealised potential' for the UK economy. Advancing female entrepreneurship represents a £250bn opportunity for the economy.

USW Exchange

USW Exchange is the front door for business engagement at the University of South Wales, connecting industry to academia to support a range of business challenges. 

Through our Developing Entrepreneurial Women programme with NatWest Cymru, we harness the skills and expertise from across the University to help bring greater gender diversity to the business sector in Wales. 


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Newport, 
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