Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Open Access To Finance Forum – 13th September 2011

As part of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership’s programme to support local companies in raising funding and to borrow more effectively, BCRS are running a series of Open Access To Finance events.

The first in the series, which will be held across the Black Country, is being held in conjunction with Dudley Council. The event is designed to allow local companies to meet a wide range of financial service providers in a relaxed and informal setting.

Attendance is free, but participants must register in advance at:

To find out further information please contact 0845 313 8410 or visit

New Chairman at BCRS Small Business Loans

Midlands’s businessman Stephen Karle has stepped into the role of Chairman at BCRS Small Business Loan Fund after being elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting.

Mr Karle has a breadth of Board experience within the mutual sector, as well as with corporate, voluntary and regional organisations and is a strong advocate for the benefits of principled, values-driven Mutuals and Industrial and Provident Societies. He has a lengthy leadership track record in both financial services and corporate legal practice as well as service in significant Black Country, West Midlands and national roles and his career includes 18 years’ experience of engagement in developing and executing strategic plans and initiatives.

Stephen Karle commented on his appointment, “I am delighted to join BCRS at such an exciting stage of its development.

“From its roots when it was set up by the local Co-operative Development Agency in West Bromwich back in 2002, it has grown to be a significant player in the regeneration of the Black Country. By working closely with the banks, financial intermediaries and business support professionals, as well as local and national government, we can deliver the loan finance that smaller businesses are crying out for.”

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