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The Midlands has always been a region that refuses to stand still. So, what are the growth opportunities in 2023?

We’re working closely with businesses, academia and devolved government to understand how to shape a world class competitive economy that benefits everyone. 


Businesses in the East and West Midlands have faced many challenges in recent years, including skills shortages, supply chain issues, on top of broader economic headwinds, which look likely to continue in early 2023.

But despite this, local firms are looking at the new year with positivity. Those that remain optimistic and look to turn challenges into opportunities for upskilling, driving sustainability and investing in their technology, will thrive.


  • Bob Sleigh, Deputy Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Margot James, Executive Chair, WMG at the University of Warwick
  • Nicola Turner, Director of Legacy at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Mac Alonge, Lloyds Bank Black Business Advisory Committee

The team in the Midlands

Lloyds Bank traces its heritage to the Midlands – it was founded in Birmingham in 1765. We’re proud of our roots in the UK’s manufacturing heartland, and we’re committed to supporting its future success. Our teams combine industry expertise with local knowledge, so we’re ideally placed to help you make the strategic decisions that will grow your business.

Andrew Connors

Andrew Connors
Regional Head, Midlands, Corporate & Institutional Coverage

David Atkinson

David Atkinson
Regional Head, Midlands, Business & Commercial Banking

Rebekah Taitt

Rebekah Taitt
Regional Development Director, Midlands

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