Episode 5: Ceri Gillett

Business Without Barriers

Family care responsibilities are the number one barrier to business success for female entrepreneurs with children.

That was one of the key findings of the Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship published in 2019. Since then we've seen women bearing the brunt of domestic load during the pandemic, and now the rising cost of living and childcare represents another significant challenge.

So how can we best support mums to start and scale their businesses?

In this episode, Gemma is joined by Ceri Gillett, CEO of Mubo, a social enterprise for female entrepreneurs, to talk about offering tailored support to parents; speaking up about what you need as you start up and scale up; and finding your own community to give you vital support along the way.

Episode Topics

01:11: Leaving a corporate career after becoming a mother

04:22: Losing her identity after leaving a corporate career

06:27: Starting Mubo to help mothers into business

10:21: What Mubo offers

13:34: Having an awareness of the support you need at different stages of your business

19:02: Being aware of a lack of confidence holding you back

21:23: Why it's important to speak up about what you need

22:26: Considerations in setting up as a social business

24:52: Advice for a parent or caregiver thinking of setting up a business

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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. 

Contact USW Exchange: 

With USW Exchange hubs in both Pontypridd and Newport Campuses & a comprehensive virtual engagement offering, we're never far away. 


USW Exchange, 
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Llantwit Road, 
Pontypridd CF37 1DL  


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