Keith Morgan to stand down as Chief Executive of the British Business Bank at the end of 2020

Press release 31 October 2019

Keith Morgan has today announced that he will be standing down from the role of Chief Executive of the Government-owned British Business Bank at the end of 2020 after eight years at the helm of the UK’s economic development bank for smaller businesses.

Keith was appointed in January 2013 to lead the design and establishment of the Bank and was made Chief Executive in December 2013. Since its inception, the Bank has grown significantly under Keith’s leadership and it now supports more than 90,000 smaller businesses with over £7bn of loans or investments through its various programmes.

The Bank provides important finance to start-ups, is a major investor in venture capital to help scale-up the UK’s most innovative companies, has introduced significant regional finance programmes to the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine and other areas of the country, and has supported the growth of new competition in the business finance market to give smaller businesses more choice.

Keith has been an outstanding leader of the British Business Bank, building the business from scratch to create an organisation with considerable scale, reach and impact on smaller businesses across the country. The financial capability he has created in the Bank is supporting start-ups and growing companies in every region and nation of the UK and is helping the most innovative UK companies to become the world class companies of tomorrow. Lord Smith of Kelvin The British Business Bank’s Chair

Keith will not stand down from the role and leave the Bank until the end of 2020 to ensure an orderly transition to a new Chief Executive.

It has been a great privilege to lead the establishment and growth of the British Business Bank since January 2013, following its inception. Our goal was to build an institution that delivered the right finance to help UK smaller businesses succeed and we now support more than 90,000 British SMEs with over £7bn of loans or investments through our programmes.” I am proud of the team of professionals we have recruited and the impressive capability we have built in the Bank that provides a solid foundation for the future. I am also enormously grateful to Ministers and colleagues in BEIS and HM Treasury as well as the range of industry representative bodies who have supported the British Business Bank throughout its development. Keith Morgan British Business Bank Chief Executive

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About the British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is the UK government’s economic development bank. Established in November 2014, its mission is to make finance markets for smaller businesses work more effectively, enabling those businesses to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity. Its remit is to design, deliver and efficiently manage UK-wide smaller business access to finance programmes for the UK government.

The British Business Bank is currently supporting more than £7bn of finance to over 90,000 smaller businesses (as at end of June 2019).

As the holding company of the group operating under the trading name of British Business Bank, British Business Bank plc is wholly owned by HM Government and is not authorised or regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The British Business Bank operates under its own brand name through a number of subsidiaries, one of which is authorised and regulated by the FCA.

British Business Bank plc and its principal operating subsidiaries are not banking institutions and do not operate as such. A complete legal structure chart for British Business Bank plc and its subsidiaries can be found on the British Business Bank plc website.