Voluntary sector organisations and charities in Mansfield are to receive a boost following the announcement that Lloyds Banking Group will be seconding a full-time business connector from Lloyds into the area.
Mark Bridges is one of 60 Lloyds colleagues who will be sent out over the course of a three-year period.
With an investment of £60,000, Lloyds Banking Group provides the infrastructure and training for all Connectors, regardless of which business they are from.
The Business Connectors programme is run by the charity, Business in the Community.
The scheme puts talented individuals from the business world into communities of greatest need – allowing them to use their time, networks and expertise to connect the needs of their local community with the resource of local business.
Mark will be leaving his day job as a local director, for at least 12 months to take up this unique role and is hoping to build on the achievements of Jonathan Dawson from Sainsbury’s who worked as Mansfield’s Business Connector during 2012.
Mark said: “I can’t wait to get started as a Business Connector in Mansfield and am delighted to have the opportunity from Lloyds to undertake this role.
“I believe business has a vital role to play in supporting and working with the voluntary sector and am very much looking to forward to making a real difference to the local communities and individual people that live here, whilst tackling some of the social and economic issues in this region.
“I’ll be working really hard to ensure that the region’s businesses work together to offer our young people the chance to develop their skills and improve their prospects of gaining employment.”
Stephen Howard, Business in the Community chief executive said: “Just 18 months into the programme it is clear the powerful impact they are having, but there is still so much more to be done.
“We’re delighted that Lloyds Banking Group is placing Mark Bridges to work in this community.”