Friday, July 30, 2021

British Business Bank appoints new director for the Midlands

The British Business Bank has appointed a new director to its UK Network team in the Midlands, in a move that will strengthen the Bank’s on-the-ground presence.

Dr Sophie Dale-Black, who was previously regional director for the Midlands at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), will lead the British Business Bank’s UK Network team as a director for the Midlands and North of England.

In her new role, Dale-Black will focus on helping enhance the region’s small business finance ecosystem, to support smaller businesses access the finance they need to recover, grow and prosper. The UK Network team’s remit is to also gain a deeper understanding of regional small business finance markets, to help shape the Bank’s support to smaller businesses and inform government policy.

A PhD-qualified scientist by training, Dale-Black joined ICAEW from Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency, where she supported the growth of innovative businesses. Dale-Black is also a Trustee at the University of Leicester, where she is a member of the university court and member of the nominations committee.

Dr Sophie Dale-Black, UK Network Director, Midlands and North of England, said: “I have worked closely with the British Business Bank for a number of years and recognise the critical role it is playing in transforming finance markets for smaller businesses across the UK and specifically in the Midlands.

“I’m excited to build on this and support the UK Network team to deliver a lasting positive impact on smaller businesses in the Midlands. Access to finance has never been more important for smaller businesses, with many now looking to accelerate their recovery from the pandemic and unlock new growth.”

Warren Ralls, Managing Director, UK Network, said: “Sophie brings tremendous experience and connections to the smaller business and financial intermediary communities. This is alongside a strong background in science and innovation.

“These are key priorities for the British Business Bank as we look to help build on the UK’s reputation as a scientific superpower, driving forward innovation and the recovery in the regions.

“We would like to welcome Sophie to the team and look forward to working with her to enable smaller businesses to access the finance best suited to their needs.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £33.60 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.

Latest news

Related news

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.