The Great British Businesswoman Series is delighted to announce that Starling Bank will be joining its mission to support women in business as a Premium Partner.


Founded in 2014 by industry-leading banker Anne Boden, Starling Bank - an award-winning, fully licensed, and regulated bank - was built to give people a fairer, smarter, and more human alternative to the banks of the past.

As a digital bank, Starling operates in two traditionally male dominated professions, banking and technology. However, Starling has always been committed to being an inclusive workplace, and in 2017 signed the Women in Finance Charter, with a determination to advance and celebrate the successes of not only the women at Starling, but women in fintech more generally.

As part of their ongoing commitment to the charter, Starling Bank has already exceeded their 2021 target of 40% of senior leadership positions to be held by women, with the number currently sitting at 43%.

Starling also launched the Make Money Equal Campaign in 2018 to shine a light on how women and men are spoken to differently about money in the media. They have recently announced the latest part of this campaign which analyses how women and men are represented in images used for articles about money and finance.

Encompassing an awards programme, a forum and a series of webinar sessions, the Great British Businesswoman Series’ mission is to provide a platform to recognise, celebrate and support women in business, champion their peers and advocates, and help foster the next generation of female business leaders.

Nicola Dowdall, Managing Director of the Great British Businesswoman Series, said:

“We are thrilled that Starling Bank has joined us on our mission to support, celebrate and encourage the amazing women in business that are challenging the status quo across the United Kingdom.

“With a female founder and a commitment to promoting a fairer workplace for all, there are a number of synergies between Starling Bank and the Great British Businesswoman Series, and we are excited to start this journey with Starling at our side.”

Symmie Swil, Head of SME Banking at Starling Bank and a judge for the inaugural year, said:

“Starling, which was founded by one of the UK’s preeminent women entrepreneurs, Anne Boden, is proud to partner with this series.

“It is incredibly important to shine a light on female entrepreneurship and continually build the network to support them and give them access to funding options and advice. Some of the most inspiring and daring UK ventures have been built by women, and we will strive to be right there when they need a banking partner that is as innovative as they are.”


Applications for the 2021 Great British Businesswoman Awards are now open, and you can enter here.