(PRWEB UK) 3 July 2012
Voluntary sector organisations and charities across England are set to receive a welcome boost following the announcement that Lloyds Banking Group will be seconding four Business Connectors with Business in the Community.
The news comes as Big Lottery Fund this week awards £4.8 million to upscale the Business in the Community’s successful Business Connectors programme in some of the most disadvantaged areas in England, leveraging more than £39 million worth of talent from businesses and £52 million worth of impact in to local communities.
The Business Connectors programme, one of the Prince's charities, is designed to deliver people with the expertise and skills to understand social challenges where it is needed most – at the heart of communities. Business Connectors help connect small businesses with charities and organisations trying to overcome such issues as employment, education and enterprise by using their extensive experience and wealth of business connections.
As part of its commitment to the scheme, Lloyds Banking Group will provide the infrastructure and training for all the new secondees as well as placing up to 60 senior employees in communities across the UK for an entire year for the next three years. They will work on the ground in areas most in need across the country.
The Group’s commitment to fund the training of all Connectors, whichever business they come, equates to a £600,000 investment over three years.
The investment by Lloyds Banking Group has enabled Business in the Community to increase it’s ambition to create a national network of over 670 Business Connectors.
Graham Lindsay, Retail Director of Community and Social Responsibility at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Lloyds Banking Group is in a powerful position to help local communities across the UK tackle the issues they are facing. We have shown our commitment to our communities by backing a range of programmes and initiatives designed to support education, enterprise, and employability. However, we do not want to stop at that. Our employees are a huge untapped resource and their business expertise, deep local knowledge and professional connections can be put to use to improve lives in our communities.”
Lisa Bryant, Diversity Inclusion Manager at Lloyds Banking Group, Steve Melanophy, Area Manager at Bank of Scotland Private Banking, Viv Hignell, Senior Manager, Commercial at Lloyds Banking Group and Belen Jordan, Strategic Business Development, London 2012 Sponsorship at Lloyds Banking Group will all leave their day jobs for 12 months to take up their new roles. Their salaries will continue to be met by the Group.
Commenting, Lisa Bryant said: “I’m looking forward to using my many years of corporate experience to help influence and educate local businesses about the benefits of bringing businesses together. They can make a very real difference by building sustainable and long term relationships with the charities and organisations within their communities.”
Stephen Howard, Business in the Community Chief Executive said: “Business Connectors is based on the proven impact of taking business resource, skills and time into the heart of communities. We’re delighted that Lloyds Banking Group is placing Lisa and Steve to work full time in this community. We hope other organisations are inspired by the leadership shown by our supporting businesses."
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Notes to Editors:
Lisa Bryant, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Lloyds Banking Group
Lisa has been with the Group since 2004, and has a marketing and business
development background. Most recently she has been part of the Diversity and Inclusion team, managing the gender diversity strategy for the Group. She has also been a steering committee member for the 30% Club. She will be a Business Connector in Bristol.
Steve Melanophy, Area Manager at BOS Private Banking
Steve is a career banker with 28 years’ experience, most recently in BOS Private Banking, South West and Wales. Throughout his time with the Group and before, he has led teams and managed large client portfolios. He particularly enjoys engaging with his clients to build relationships and deliver a great service. Like Lisa, he will work as a Business Connector in Bristol.
Viv Hignell, Senior Manager, Commercial at Lloyds Banking Group
Viv has been with Lloyds Banking Group for 38 years most recently specialising in educating SME customers on the opportunities arising from the sustainability agenda. Vic has recently taken on the Business Connector role in Exeter as one of four Lloyds Banking Group Business Connectors currently working in communities of need. He is focusing on building relationships with key organisations in the Exeter region such as Exeter Business Leadership Group meeting and Exeter Chamber of Commerce.
Belen Jordan, Strategic Business Development, London 2012 Sponsorship at Lloyds Banking Group
Belen, who worked most recently in the London 2012 team, is an Economics
graduate with 11 years’ experience in the City of London. She has worked on
trading floors for several different financial institutions including Lloyds Banking Group. As a Lloyds Business Connector, Belen will focus on central London.
About Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyds Banking Groups is the biggest corporate investor in UK communities,
investing over £85m in 2011 and is committed to funding at this level throughout 2012. Lloyds Banking Group is the only bank listed as Platinum Company in Business in the Communities Corporate Responsibility Index.
Lloyds Banking Group plays a part in the lives of nearly everyone in the UK, as a supplier of financial services, a major employer, and a customer looking after the financial needs of over 30 million retail and business customers.
Over the last 26 years, the Group has contributed in excess of £510 million through
its Foundations who in turn have been able to provide much needed funding in the
About Business Connectors
Business Connectors is a business-led programme borne out of a desire by businesses to do more to connect with and provide a business response to
community need across the UK. It was developed following a consultation in
December 2010 with the UK’s senior business leaders on the role of business in the context of the Government’s aspirations for a ‘Big Society’ and HRH the Prince of Wales’ call for Businesses to step up and increase activity in areas of greatest social need. BITC Members responded that to enable significant scale up of activity, brokerage by an individual from business focused on the locality, working with local community organisations and local businesses was a model which was proven and should be replicated to maximise business impact. The Prime Minister then called on BITC and Business to enable more of these roles in the coming years.
Business Connectors are full time secondments from business, who will work to address local community need by connecting the resource of local businesses to the needs of a local community: small businesses, the voluntary sector and other community groups. The pilot, which has been funded by a grant from the Office of Civil Society involves 10 companies, who are seconding between them 20 Business Connectors who will be trained by Business in the Community and then matched to work within an area of need for an initial 6 months but with a company commitment of involvement in the programme and particular areas for up to three years.
Business in the Community aims to recruit, train and place 550 business connectors in 160 areas in the next 5 years - both through business secondments and the creation of a national network of business connecting.