January 31 2015 Latest news:
Ben Woods, Business writer
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Regional banking chiefs will be scrutinised by small businesses tomorrow as part of an annual forum attended by Norfolk and Suffolk MPs.
Organised by the Federation of Small Businesses, the forum gives businesses the chance to quiz the major high street banks about their concerns.
It comes after the banking sector continued to be mired in scandal last year, with Lloyds bank fined £28m for serious failings, while the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) came under fire amid allegations of forcing business into closure so it could profit from their assets.
The forum – held on Friday January 10 at The World Horse Welfare centre at Anne Colvin House, Snetterton – will feature: Peter Ibbetson of RBS; James Howlett, HSBC commercial director for Norfolk; Mark Suthern of Barclays; Steve Elsom, Lloyds/TSB commercial area director for East Anglia; Martyn Dawson, Santander regional director for Anglia.
Meanwhile, the MPs attending the event will include: Elizabeth Truss MP for South West Norfolk, Therese Coffey MP for Suffolk Coastal, Richard Bacon MP for South Norfolk, Henry Bellingham MP for North West Norfolk and David Ruffley MP for Bury St Edmunds.
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