How we're helping the South West

Helping Britain Prosper Plan

Across the UK the Helping Britain Prosper Plan is making a positive difference for people of all ages, businesses of all type and size, and the communities they share.

Behind each headline there are thousands of individual stories about how we’re helping. And we’re not doing it alone. We’re working together with our four charitable Foundations, community groups and other businesses.

"We embrace our economic, social and environmental responsibilities to Help Britain Prosper by operating as a responsible, sustainable and inclusive Group."

Sara Weller, Independent Director and Chairman of the Responsible Business Committee

Business digital skills are better together

Angela Loveridge created ‘Better Together’ after identifying a gap in parents' understanding of online safety for children. She provides training to help safeguard children online, delivering workshops for schools, children’s centres, corporates and charities, and in 2018 was nominated for the NSPCC Child Protection Trainer award.

Angela signed up to the Lloyds Bank Academy to draw on expert knowledge and experience, and generate ideas to improve her own business. Through the courses Angela has gained digital confidence and now understands the positive difference this can have for her business. This includes a drive on customer engagement through online reviews, helping potential customers see the value of her business.

The online world is almost like a game of football, it requires broad and varied skills. With home and work life becoming increasingly digital, it’s important for people to have the talent to play across the pitch. It’s why initiatives like the Lloyds Bank Academy are so vital. The coaches made techy subjects really digestible for participants, helping us to plug the gaps in our digital know-how.

Angela Loveridge, Better Together

Education and employment opportunities

In St Helier, Jersey, the Beresford Street Kitchen (BSK) café is operated by Aspire Charitable Trust.

The trust secured a grant of £73,500 over three years towards the salary of support staff for the café, providing education, training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism. Currently 45 crew run the café. BSK’s Managing Director Gabby Ellmers was successful in becoming a student on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, delivered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Trade-Up Programme has been an invaluable source of information, ideas and inspiration. It has been a transformational experience and has allowed me to focus on developing existing business streams, implementing new income streams, increasing traded income and social impact. The support provided by the Foundation has been fantastic!

Gabby Ellmers, Managing Director

Social housing development

LiveWest own and manage over 37,000 homes from Cornwall to Gloucestershire, and plan to invest £2 billion developing 7,000 new homes over the next 5 years.

In September they issued a £250m bond. Lloyds Bank were delighted to support this finance package to deliver much needed new and affordable homes.

LiveWest offer affordable rent and shared ownership, building new homes, and using the profits to build more affordable homes. With three offices across the South West and employing over 1,400 people, they have a strong positive social impact. Their investment plans will sustain around 7,000 jobs in the building supply chain, protecting livelihoods and offering fresh opportunities.

Our focus is very much on delivering a substantial increase in the number of new affordable homes, delivering high quality services and ensuring that our financial and organisational resilience underpins our ambitious plans.

Melvyn Garrett, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Finance, LiveWest

Exporting engineering talent globally

A designer and manufacturer of cooling systems has delivered a £1.1 million export order to South Korea thanks to support from Lloyds Bank.

Green Resource Engineering (GRE) in Devon, won the contract to supply the country’s largest smart energy supplier, marking the first time GRE has exported directly to South Korea. GRE’s exporting activity is set to boost annual turnover by 20 per cent, from £2.5 million to more than £3 million, and increase its headcount by 10 per cent.

We’re experiencing a strong worldwide demand for British engineering and are unlocking increasing opportunities in numerous markets. The team at Lloyds Bank fully understands the requirements and has been incredibly supportive.

Richard Booth, Director, GRE