Bayile Adeoti is the founder of Dechomai, an events company that bridges the gap between the employment and training needs of women in the workplace.
The social enterprise was set up after Bayile identified the need for more female role models and entrepreneurs with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) origins.
She is using the Business Builder platform from Royal Bank of Scotland to increase her own insights as well as encouraging other potential entrepreneurs to access the online programme.
“Every day is a school day for an entrepreneur and this is exactly the kind of thing I want,” she says.
“It’s a space where you can connect with other entrepreneurs, share information and knowledge but also gleam insights from what the bank has to offer.”
She adds: “It’s a free platform and you don’t even need to be a Royal Bank customer. It’s something that more people should be aware of and I’ve found it really beneficial.”
Its inclusivity resonates with Bayile who set up Dechomai – from the Greek meaning ‘to receive (people) with open arms, open heart and open minds’ – with the same principles.
“I’ve always worked in the hospitality industry running events and I’d have BME females asking how I got that job because most wouldn’t be seen in those types of jobs; they’d be front of house, or in kitchens. They were asking about how to get in the door, for introductions. There weren’t many people of colour working in hospitality management roles in Scotland. It was about creating those opportunities,” she explains.
“I realised there was a need for people to get work experience within the hospitality industry so I started to create opportunities for young students who were living here from different parts of the world.”
Dechomai has grown to deliver leadership and enterprise courses and programmes to help improve confidence and empower marginalised women from diverse backgrounds with the skills to advance their own businesses or ideas and become financially independent.
In lockdown, Bayile guided 45 women to set up their own businesses and by the end of July 2021 she estimates that 70 women will have launched their own enterprises, including counsellors, pop up food trucks and catering services, and a female joinery service.
Business Builder is an online platform for entrepreneurs with a start-up idea, from Royal Bank of Scotland.
Every dream needs a plan and Business Builder will champion you with a wealth of tools and modules to support future or existing business owners, and you don’t even have to be a Royal Bank of Scotland customer.
The programme is there to support entrepreneurs through their business journey, at any stage.
From mastering your 60-second or ‘elevator’ pitch, to the important of mindset, or revenue streams there are nine different components on the Business Builder dashboard which are all relevant to start-ups.
Members can access workshops and events and join an online community of like-minded people all seeking tips, advice and support from a community or professionals.
Business Builder offers free online support 24/7 taking you through the essential building blocks to help you move your business move forward, completing exercises, templates and questions to implement the learning into your business.
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The Business Builder dashboard outlines nine different components all there to support future or existing business owners, with a wealth of practical modules all useful to anyone considering starting out on their own.
Bayile says she found the modules on awareness and mindset especially useful: “It’s important for an entrepreneur or even just as a person, to be aware of yourself, your triggers, and what drives you. It’s a good starting point for anyone.”
Another module on understanding the customer journey was also useful, helping her to see things from a different perspective.
She adds: “The Business Model Canvas is another module that I loved not only because you work through it online but Royal Bank also offers online coaching every week with experts from all over the UK.
“I connected with someone from Newcastle who was teaching the module, so you get to see lots of different faces from the bank.”
Each element of Business Builder can be done at your own pace.
Bayile says: “Warren Buffet (the American business tycoon) sets aside five hours a week for reading and if people like that are doing it, we all have the same 24 hours in a day, so I also try and allocate an hour for doing a module and it’s something that I encourage entrepreneurs and other people to do.”
Women, especially, often have other roles and responsibilities but Business Builder can be taken entirely at their own pace without any pressure.
“It’s important that we are able to allocate time to develop ourselves and I always try to do the modules first thing in the morning when my brain’s slower and I can engage and think clearly,” says Bayile.
The platform has helped Bayile understand the role of an entrepreneur: “It is about developing and learning new skills.”