British Business Bank

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Beth Bannister represents the British Business Bank in Wales. Her focus is on focus on helping smaller Welsh businesses to access the finance they need at every stage of their life cycle, allowing those businesses to prosper & grow.

She started her career at the Development Bank of Wales (previously Finance Wales) and worked in various investment and business support roles during the 15 years she was there. Her key responsibilities included appraising business plans, undertaking financial and commercial due diligence and facilitating business change.

She later joined global accountancy firm Grant Thornton where she was responsible for the roll out of a funding ready programme across Wales and the South West with a focus on helping entrepreneurs and SMEs to access finance to achieve their growth ambitions. Beth then ran her own consultancy business, supporting a number of businesses and organisations with their commercial activities including business planning, fundraising and stakeholder management. She also delivered online training courses on “investor readiness” to the Welsh Government’s Enterprise Hubs. Beth was appointed a business coach on the Welsh Government’ Excelerator programme where she supported entrepreneurs through the 12-week accelerator programme. She balanced this with some voluntary work as a business mentor for Business Wales and the Natwest entrepreneurs hub.

Region:  Wales