We are delighted to announce that HSBC, global banking giants, have become our sponsor for the Womenspire ‘Rising Star’ award.

Q1. Who are you?

For 150 years we have been where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities. Today, HSBC Commercial Banking serves businesses ranging from small enterprises focused primarily on their domestic markets through to corporates operating globally. Whether it is working capital, term loans, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to thrive. As the cornerstone of the HSBC Group, we give businesses access to a geographic network covering more than 90% of global trade and capital flows.

Q2. Why are you supporting the awards? Why does gender equality matter to you?

Our ambition is to become the bank of choice in the UK. We have the opportunity to build a different type of bank through the creation of HSBC UK, which is more responsive to customer needs and fully reflects the diversity of society. Our aspiration is to achieve gender parity at all levels of the bank and to create a true meritocracy where everyone has the opportunity to develop their career, regardless of their background, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity or beliefs.

Q3. What is the link with Chwarae Teg? Supporter, friend, etc?

25 colleagues have recently joined up to your leadership programme, the feedback has been outstanding from those members involved and we feel it really is an organisation we would welcome to be party with.   Therefore HSBC are sponsoring the Shining Star Award.