In this time of economic recovery, smaller businesses across the country are hatching ambitious growth plans and are consequently looking for finance options through which to launch them. This is where the British Business Bank comes in, unlocking finance for thousands of businesses across the country.
Seven Hills went on the road with the British Business Bank, orchestrating two events as part of The Vital Ingredient for Growth campaign, in Bristol and Birmingham. Continuing a national roadshow that had previously visited London, Manchester and Belfast, the events drew over 150 delegates from the local business communities, discussing the finance options available for companies in each region.
Compered by Michael Hayman MBE, the events saw coverage in regional publications, including the Bristol Post, Enterprise Nation, Business Zone and Midlands Business News. And with a range of expert speakers the discussions were both stimulating and informative, allowing the audience to engage with the panelists.
In Birmingham, at creative business hub The Custard Factory, attendees heard from Pat Hanlon, board member at the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP; Joel Blake, co-founder of BizBritain Finance; and Helen Lumb, Director of Finance at Shire Leasing, an asset finance provider and British Business Bank partner.
Hosted at the SS Great Britain conference centre, the Bristol event featured an inspiring line-up that included NatWest director of business banking, Anthony Richardson; Welsh Government private sector funding manager, Jonathan Bould; and David Ashford, managing director of Bristol Spaceplanes, a local company which designs spacecraft.