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The #WECAN Network

supporting, championing and connecting women in leadership

Led by Leeds Beckett University and working in partnership with Edge Hill University and SEYH, the #WECAN Network supported by Lloyds Bank is a community of women, businesses and supporting organisations. 

what we do

To put it simply -  we support, champion and connect women in leadership. 
We support you by developing your leadership skills and confidence.
We champion you by celebrating your successes and amplifying your voices.
We connect you with other women, businesses, and available support. 


what we offer

The #WECAN Network gives you access to a supportive community of women, businesses and supporting organisations alongside: 

Opportunities to connect at networking events and co-working days bespoke to you
Workshops led by leadership development professionals
The latest news and opportunities
Resources such as blogs, surveys, and research
Knowledge, expertise and talent at Leeds Beckett University and our partners 

Thanks to support from Lloyds Bank it is free to access our community, events and support.  


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Supported by Lloyds Bank Business & Commercial 

Since 1765, we have been providing expert support and guidance to businesses of Britain. Supporting British businesses and the UK economy continues to be central to what we do.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur starting out or an established business, we can help you manage your business. Growing our lending, supporting with day-to-day business needs and helping to protect businesses from the growing threat of financial fraud, are just some of the ways where we can support.

We continue to support UK businesses to grow sustainably and transition to a low carbon economy. So, wherever you are on your transition to Net Zero, we’re here to support your business in making a difference to the environment and reducing costs at the same time.

Offering core banking solutions such as lending, deposits, transaction banking and risk management services. Clients can also benefit from our extensive expertise in capital markets, financial markets and private equity, all of which aims to meet the varying and often complex client needs, regardless of their sector, location or objectives.

To find out more about Lloyds Bank Business and Commercial head over to our website.


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The #WECAN Network, a legacy of the #WECAN Project

#WECAN (women empowered through coaching and networking) initially started as a three year project part funded by the European Social Fund, designed to build the leadership skills, capabilities and opportunities of women in the Leeds City Region.

From 2021-2023, #WECAN provided fully funded leadership and management support and training in the form of accredited ILM qualifications, leadership development workshops, and events. Over 900 women from over 500 SMEs, charities and social enterprises accessed our support joining the #WECAN community. Find out more here . 


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