Swindon’s charity and voluntary sector gets business boost

By Anita Jaynes on July 07, 2015

Voluntary sector organisations and charities in Swindon are receiving a boost following the announcement that Lloyds Banking Group will be seconding a full-time ‘Business Connector’ into the area.

The Business Connectors programme, backed by HRH the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron, is run by the charity Business in the Community. The scheme takes talented individuals from the business world and places them in communities of greatest need – allowing them to use their time, networks and expertise to connect the needs of their local community with local business resources. £4.8m is being invested in this project across the UK in a Big Lottery funded scheme.

Ian Browne has left his day job as senior manager at Branch Format & Design, for 12 months to take up this unique role.

Speaking of his new opportunity, Ian said: “I’m delighted to be the Business Connector for Swindon and am grateful 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.”

“It’s the first time Swindon has benefitted from having a Business Connector and with great results evidenced in other communities, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make a difference here in Swindon.”

Stephen Howard, chief executive of Business in the Community, said: “Business Connectors is based on the proven impact of taking business resource, skills and time into the heart of communities where vital community services are under pressure to do more with less. Three years into the programme it is clear they are having a powerful impact, but there is still so much more to be done.

“We’re delighted that Lloyds Banking Group is placing Ian Browne to work in this community.  We hope others are inspired by the leadership shown by Lloyds Banking Group and all the other organisations that support the programme, to also take a stand to build sustainable cohesive communities at this critical time.  We look forward to working with Ian Browne and seeing the valuable connections we know he will make in Swindon.”

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Pictured above: Ian Browne, Business Connector for Business in the Community