Browse the wonderful gifts on offer in our artisan avenue. All are crafted here in the North West and perfect for a special someone or an indulgent treat for yourself. Each of our talented artisans has a story to share so do make sure to chat whilst you browse.

If you’re a woman artisan and would like to be part of this zone do get in touch



As it has continued to be so popular with our delegates , this year we are again turning over most of our Make a Difference Zone to local charities and social enterprises to showcase the positive difference they make and how you can be part of this. Be inspired by a range of fascinating organisations all with a story to share.

We’re also delighted to welcome the Honours and Appointments Secretariat. Have you ever wondered how the Honours System works? Do you know a person who deserves an honour? The team is here to help!

If you’d like your charity or social enterprise to be part of this zone do get in touch



You can probably find the answer to any challenge or question in a book or on the internet. But that’s nowhere near as much fun or valuable as our hugely popular Living Library. Pop along, grab a cuppa, and ‘borrow’ a real live expert to answer your question, suggest solutions to your challenges, bounce thoughts off and even develop new exciting ideas – who knows what might happen?

We’re delighted to introduce our Living Library experts, all of whom are available to ‘borrow’ throughout the day. Many will also be running workshops. Please don’t be shy – simply pop in and join the discussion. Do make sure you plan time into your day to visit this zone!

Helping entrepreneurs achieve their ambitions is at the very heart of NatWest’s business proposition and we are committed to supporting enterprise through a range of services including  our partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark and the bank’s Women  in Business Ambassadors. Encouraging entrepreneurship is important for the recovery and growth of the UK economy and women have an important role to play.
Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for start-up and scale up businesses and has provided free support, mentoring, and networking for over 650 businesses in 13 hubs, (known as Hatcheries), across the UK. Run alongside partners NatWest, KPMG and EMC, the programme aims to inspire and enable positive social change through the action of Entreprenuering. NatWest provides office space for the Hatcheries as well as in-house support and advise to the entrepreneurs, (known as Chiclets), taking part in the programme.
Established in 2007, NatWest’s team of Women In Business Ambassadors was created to support women as they start up and grow their businesses. The original team of 12 Ambassadors has grown to more than 200, helping around 100,000 female customers nationally. NatWest has introduced teams of Specialist Women in Business relationship managers who are undergoing a formal accreditation programme with Everywoman. NatWest is proud to support female entrepreneurship and to grow a vibrant SME market with supporting events, networking opportunities and awards.