• Banking and Finance

Work with the full spectrum of banks and financial organisations within the county to offer holistic support and impartial advice to businesses.
To offer business-specific financial guidance to Growth Hub clients via banking and finance 'Clinics.'

  • Provide a financial advisory role to Growth Hub and Start and Grow clients to advise on the best course of actions financially relevant to their business journeys.
  • Develop the 'Access2Finance networking model: Alternative Options to Funding' events, ensuring that banks and businesses are aware of the full spectrum of funding opportunities available on offer.
  • Support partner events by offering impartial financial guidance to all sizes of business on specific topics such as alternative loan and investment options and green finance.
  • Continue to support Growth Hub clients by offering banking & finance 'clinics': offering free impartial advice on business plans, models and routes to funding.


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: Currently vacant

Sarah Bell-Hartley / Simon Beard – Barclays Bank
Angie Preece - BCRS Business Loans
Edward Tellwright - British Business Bank
Faye Hennessy - CAF Bank
Martyn Mangan - Elkro Ltd
David Goodall - FW Capital
Phil Mitchell – Harbour Key Ltd
Richard Neale - Independent Adviser
Rupert Harris - Lloyds Bank
Andy Kime - The Growth Hub
Sue McIntosh-Gibbs - UK Agricultural Finance
Kevin Connell-Smith - Virgin Money

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