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Bank open doors for UK businesses

24th October 2013

Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank are launching a Business Week as part of their ongoing support for UK businesses.

Business Week will run from 4th – 8th November and will see the banks’ network of 44 Business & Private Banking Centres across the UK host more than 200 free events for local companies.

As growth and confidence begin to emerge in the UK economy, Business Week aims to help businesses take advantage and build for the future. The week will include sessions offering business and financial advice, networking opportunities, and discussions on key issues affecting local areas and industry sectors; speakers include the Banks’ own experts, such as Chief Economist Tom Vosa, local businesses and professional bodies.

Seminars on topics as diverse as training, exporting, customer care, financial awareness and entrepreneurship are planned to take place throughout the week in towns and cities across the country.

As well as events in regional centres such as Edinburgh, Carlisle, Manchester, Birmingham and London there will be dozens of other seminars and conferences across the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank network including Montrose, Oban, Ayr, Doncaster, Bradford, Liverpool, Bolton, Stafford, Nottingham, Leicester, Reading, Oxford and St. Albans amongst others.

In addition, some of the Bank’s retail branches will be providing opportunities for small business customers to showcase themselves to existing and potential new customers, and offering drop-in surgeries for small businesses to speak to the Bank about some of their business needs, such as managing payments.

Paul Shephard, director for business and private banking at Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, said:

“As the economy improves, more businesses are looking to invest in growth; we are here to support them.  That support is not simply about providing finance.  It is putting together the right financial package for individual businesses’ needs, plus the advice and connections to maximise the growth opportunities. 

“Business Week is a chance to bring potentially thousands of local businesses together, talk to them, listen to them, understand their goals, and to provide solutions that will help them make the most of the recovery and turn it in to sustainable growth.”

Places at many of the events are already filling up fast, and the Banks have set up webpages for businesses to find out more about the events in their area and register their interest: Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank

Paul continued:

“We’re hoping that as many businesses as possible will come to these events during Business Week to see what we’re doing and what other local businesses are doing too.  But these events don’t stop here, similar events will be running throughout the year at our Business & Private Banking Centres around the country.”

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