British Business Bank in Bristol to showcase support for small firms

Keith Morgan

Keith Morgan

The government backed British Business Bank hosted an event in Bristol today to discuss the variety of funding options available for smaller businesses in the South West.

The British Business Bank’s goal is to make finance markets work better for smaller businesses, allowing them to prosper, grow and support the economy throughout the UK.

The event, The British Business Bank: The Vital Ingredient for Growth – South West, brought together over 70 members of the business community.

Both the traditional and alternative finance sectors to hear about the variety of finance options available for smaller businesses in the South West.

Keith Morgan, CEO of the British Business Bank comments: “The British Business Bank will continue to ensure that finance markets are working properly across the United Kingdom.

“To date we have already leveraged over £1.8 billion of small business lending through our programmes. Access to Finance remains a key issue for businesses.

“It is important that we continue to examine and explore options for ensuring local companies have access to appropriate and affordable finance to support investment and assist in continuing growth.

“Today reaffirms our commitment to ensure the finance market is working for smaller businesses in the South West.”

Also addressing the audience were Caroline Thompson, Entrepreneurial Spark and Shaun Beaney, ICAEW who restated their commitment to ensuring the small business community in the South West were presented with ready and accessible financing opportunities.

Other speakers included:

• Ari Last, Head of Partnerships, Head of Commercial Partnerships, MarketInvoice
• Mark Williams, Head of Commercial Credit, RateSetter
• Sarah Osborn, Bristol Fund Manager, South West Investment Group Services
• Ed Brown, Co-founder, Friska
• Tim Chater, CEO, Koji Drinks
• Henry Nurser, CEO, Blu Wireless Technology