• Banking and Finance

Work with the full spectrum of banks and financial organisations within the county to offer holistic support and advice to businesses. Offering financial guidance to Growth Hub clients through ‘clinics’ offering impartial financial advice and signposting.
To assist in the development and implementation of the county’s Local Industrial Strategy. Work closely with GFirst LEP Investment panel to offer investment recommendations to the Board.

  • Develop on-going relationships with the Growth Hub Network and Start and Grow Enterprise, to identify SMEs and start-ups and signpost them to financial guidance and opportunities.
  • Develop the ‘Access2Finance’ events to share knowledge of the alternative opportunities to funding when 'usual' routes may not be an option for some businesses.
  • Provide clear guidance to businesses when applying for grants and additional financial support.
  • Develop specific events and practical forum clinics to support businesses in presenting their cases for accessing finance.

For more information on our Banking & Finance clinics click here

SWIG Finance, part of the South West Investment group of companies, offers business loans to start-ups, early stage businesses and SMEs when they may not have been successful in securing funding from elsewhere.  To find out more visit the SWIG website


Chair: Mark Wilton – HSBC Bank
GFirst LEP Board Member: Joe Roberts - Roberts Limbrick

Emma Fells – Barclays Bank
Shanthi Santana - Barclays Bank
Angie Preece - BCRS Business Loans
Chris Mears - BOOST&Co
Paul Jones - British Business Bank
Martyn Mangan - Elkro Ltd
Phil Mitchell – Harbour Key Ltd
Simon Sheldon – Harper Sheldon
Rupert Harris - Lloyds Bank
Alexander Jones - NatWest
Richard Neale - OPS-BOX
James Firth - Santander
Andy Kime - The Growth Hub
Sue McIntosh-Gibbs - UK Agriculture Finance
Jonathan Powell - Virgin Money

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