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British Business Bank appoints UK Network Senior Manager for the East and South-East Midlands


The British Business Bank has appointed Lewis Stringer to a new position as Senior Manager, UK Network for the East and South-East Midlands.


The British Business Bank – the Government-owned economic development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses – is establishing a UK Network, with team members based within each of the English regions and the three Devolved Nations.


The UK Network was originally announced as part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy in November 2017, with a remit to identify and help to reduce imbalances in access to finance for smaller businesses across the UK.


The UK Network will help enhance business finance ecosystems across the UK so smaller businesses, wherever they are, can grow and prosper. It will also help the Bank develop a deeper understanding of small business finance markets in all parts of the UK so that, ultimately, the Bank can improve its support to smaller businesses everywhere.


Lewis will represent the UK Network across the East and South-East Midlands and will engage closely with business finance stakeholders in the region. He will be supporting Geoff Whiteland, the recently appointed UK Network Director, North of England and the Midlands.


Lewis joined the British Business Bank, from Nottingham City Council in October 2016 as the MEIF Senior Relationship Manager. Lewis has over 20 years’ experience in economic development and has worked with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), as well as in commercial and personal banking, and has delivered a number of access to finance interventions, including debt, equity, grant and investment readiness programmes.


Geoff Whiteland, UK Network Director, North of England and the Midlands said: “I am very happy to welcome Lewis to the UK Network, where he will be able to build on his existing network in the East and South-East Midlands to enhance and build our relationships with key SME finance stakeholders and to help identify and reduce imbalances in access to finance for smaller businesses.”


Lewis Stringer, Senior Manager, UK Network said: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join the UK Network and build on the early success of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund in the East and South-East Midlands. I look forward to continuing to work with the LEPs and other SME finance stakeholders, and helping smaller businesses in the region explore options to access the finance they need to grow.”


The UK Network is part of the British Business Bank’s new Demand Development Unit, which has been specifically created to raise the Bank’s profile and relationship with smaller businesses across the UK.


The Demand Development Unit also incorporates the Bank’s recently launched Finance Hub, a digital information hub aimed at raising awareness of the finance options available to UK SMEs. It is the source of independent information for growing businesses and offers guidance for scale-up, high growth and potential high growth businesses using interactive content.