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New appointments at Lloyds Bank bolster support for rural businesses

Written by Peter Davison on .

Nigel OwenNigel OwenLloyds Bank Commercial Banking has strengthened its support for farmers and agricultural businesses in Wiltshire, with three new senior appointments.

Nigel Owen will head up the specialist agricultural team as an area director, having previously worked at Lloyds Bank as a Senior Manager.

He brings with him more than 40 years of banking experience - 15 of which he’s spent supporting businesses in the agriculture sector.

Nigel will oversee a team of eight relationship managers and directors, providing banking products and services to more than 1,600 farmers and agricultural businesses across the South Central region, which spans Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and South Surrey.

Relationship director, Victoria Read, and relationship manager, Julia Dowd, have also joined the South Central team, bringing with them a combined total of 18 years’ dedicated agricultural banking experience.

Victoria joins from NatWest, where she was Director of Agriculture, whereas Julia previously worked as a team manager for The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation.

Nigel said: “We’ve experienced a strong growth in demand amongst farmers in Wiltshire for specialist lending and banking guidance.

"Whether businesses are looking to access finance for future investment or to improve cash flow, we’re fully committed to supporting farmers right across the region.

“Creating relationships that help clients achieve their business ambitions is at the heart of what we do and is a large part of our wider plan to help Britain prosper.

"We’re committed to proving tailored guidance and support to help businesses navigate the current economic landscape.”