The British Business Bank has appointed Ryan Cartwright to a new position as Senior Manager, UK Network for the West 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.
Ryan will represent the UK Network across the West 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.
Prior to joining the Bank, Ryan spent nine years with NatWest and RBS as a Commercial Relationship Manager, as a Business Growth Advisor for the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, and more recently for a private funder providing cashflow finance to smaller businesses.
Geoff Whiteland, UK Network Director, North of England and the Midlands, said: “I am very happy to welcome Ryan to the UK Network, where he will be able to build on his existing network in the West 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.”
Ryan Cartwright, Senior Manager, UK Network, said: “This is an exciting time to join the British Business Bank and become part of the new UK Network. Being able to support growing businesses in the West Midlands has always been my desire and I am keen to understand what the SME finance ecosystem looks like in different regions. I will be engaging with key stakeholders to identify gaps but also to raise awareness of what the Bank is already doing to support smaller businesses in their growth plans.”
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.