We are delighted to introduce Stephen Waud, Chief Executive of Business Enterprise Fund, who is sponsoring our annual OIAM Charity Business Lunch – Building For Success, Bradford, at the Midland Hotel, Bradford on Friday 20th April 2018, 11:45am – 2:30pm.
We recently caught up Steve to ask her why BEF are sponsoring the OIAM Charity Business Lunch – Building For Success, Bradford, for the second year running.
Steve set up and has been leading the Business Enterprise Fund ‘a not for profit distribution’ financial services firm since its inception in 2004. The BEF Group operates out of 5 offices around Yorkshire, Tees-side and this is in addition to its lending from its own reserves.
Steve has been an advisor to recent governments on Access to Finance for SMEs and reported to the commission for banking standards & Banking Futures. He has worked with a number of influential bodies on Access to Finance and business support and was an advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business pilot programme in the UK. He is a previous chair & vice chair of Responsible Finance and continues to lobby actively within the sector. He is also a member of the Ecology Building Society’s board lending committee & the trustee of an academy trust.
He has worked successfully at board level across a variety of sectors ranging from engineering, Plastics, Automotive as well as Brand Marketing. Initially trained as a mechanical engineer, he worked in precision engineering for some 18 years.
He is a Barrister, Chartered Banker and Engineer. He has strong financial, banking, legal and technical skills and a good track record of growing and developing businesses.
Steve said “BEF have been delighted to partner with OIAM over the last seven years. They are a fantastic Bradford charity who seek to inspire young people driven by their core values. The legacy and success of any city is through the development of the next generation and One In A Million is playing its part by inspiring children and young people which will lead to a stronger Bradford for generations to come”.
Our other stellar speakers include; Kersten England (Chief Executive of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) and Caroline Pullich (Head of SME Barclays).
We look forward to introducing you to Kersten and Stephen in the next edition of our news bulletin for OIAM Charity Business Lunch – Building For Success, Bradford.