During the past three years, businesses have struggled to come to terms with the extreme pressures facing them since the economic downturn began in 2008. However, with a diverse population of over 1.2million people, and Birmingham being a city bursting with talented individuals, there are opportunities for budding entrepreneurs providing the right steps are taken, at the right time, and with the right support.
The Birmingham Gazette thought who better to speak to than NatWest regional director for business banking in the West Midlands, Mark Round.
TBG: Hi Mark pleased to meet you, so where about in the city do you work?
Mark: Not a glib response - but my own is fairly exciting. We deal with customers that operate across all major sectors and industries so we have a great insight into the fabric of the local economy. We are also working in an industry that is rebuilding its reputation with its customers and wider stakeholders, so it is a challenge to ensure people understand what it is we are here for, and what it is we do - supporting our customers and therefore the local economy in a responsible manner.
If you are interested in starting a new business, or would like to grow an existing one and want to find out more about how business banking can be the first step towards launching an enterprise, visit www.natwest.com/business