MEIF Senior Relationship Manager - British Business Bank
“Lewis Stringer joined the British Business Bank as a Senior Relationship Manager, supporting the delivery of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) in the East and South-East Midlands, in October 2016. MEIF supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof-of-Concept and Equity Finance funds, and aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and to realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise. MEIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the West Midlands and East and South East Midlands, and provides over £250m of investment to boost small and medium business (SME) growth in the Midlands.
Lewis has a 20-year career in economic development, specialising in access to finance and the design, delivery and management of business support schemes and grant, loan and equity funds at a national, regional and local level. This includes working at Bassetlaw District Council, in the Debt Team at Capital for Enterprise, the Regional Development Agency for the East Midlands (emda) and, more recently, with the LEPs on the development of the ‘fund-of-funds’ structure that has become MEIF. He also worked for Lloyds Banking Group for six years in retail and commercial banking.”
Regional Director, Institute of Directors, East Midlands
Ron’s career began in accountancy with a company that had 75 supermarkets, before he went on to hold various senior posts in the Department of Trade & Industry. This was followed by senior management positions, including Chief Executive, in the private sector. He has wide experience in variety of sectors including retail, food processing, jewellery design and manufacture, and wholesaling. His marketing and management consultancy traded successfully from 2001-2016, and during that time he was also a director and shareholder of several businesses operating in business services and training.
Until recently, Ron was a director of Echo Factory (trading name of The British Centre for Music & Enterprise), and chairman of a charity based in Glasgow.
Current non executive positions include Member of the Advisory Board for Nottingham Business School and Campaign Board for John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre. Ron is also a mentor to a small bakery businesses and a business producing high quality china tableware.
Previously a director of Leicester College, Regional Chairman of the Institute of Consulting, Member of East Midlands Regional Assembly, Member of East Midlands Regional Economic Cabinet and Member of Advisory Committee of British Geological Survey.
Ron has a strong interest in entrepreneurship and business development, and has MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies from University of Stirling.
D2N2 Growth Hub Manager
Chris has worked in economic development and regeneration roles for 14 years, starting at Groundwork Trust after graduating with a Human Geography degree. Since then he has worked in local authority teams delivering projects and working on strategies to support local economic growth.
In June 2017 Chris was appointed the D2N2 Growth Hub Manager, leading a team of business advisers and support staff who work across D2N2 to promote business support, undertake business diagnostics and refer SMEs to appropriate support that will help them to grow and succeed. The Growth Hub has the ambition to be the go-to place for any SME enquiries about business growth and is currently evolving it’s service offer by seeking funding that will secure the service until 2022 and beyond.
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International Motivational and Inspirational Speaker
Steve’s uplifting, poignant and yet humorous performance helps people to realise their own goals and turn adversities into golden opportunities within their business, personal and social life.
As Motivational Speaker he takes the audience on an inspiring journey following his commitment and achievements through rehabilitation from being told that he may never walk again when both of his legs were crushed.
Steve was awarded the Professional Speakers Association Speaker of the Year 2017.