Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has expanded its West Midlands mid-markets team with the appointment of relationship director Jemal Omar.
The new role will see Mr Omar based in the bank’s Birmingham office on Colmore Row, where he will manage client relationships with businesses across a variety of sectors, typically with an annual turnover between £25 million and £100 million.
He will work with firms to handle all aspects of their banking requirements, whilst also looking to extend the bank’s mid-markets client-base across the region.
Mr Omar joins the mid-markets team following eight years with Handelsbanken, where he most recently took sole responsibility for a portfolio of 40 clients within Birmingham.
A well-known figure in the city’s business community, he was named the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in 2014, an accolade that recognises both professional achievement and work within the wider professional community.
Mr Omar is also chair of the BPS Birmingham Future special projects committee, where he has been responsible for organising the inaugural Live and Work in Birmingham event, which aims to improve the retention of talent within the region.
Mr Omar said: “I’m passionate about helping to support businesses within Birmingham and the surrounding area, so I’m delighted to join Lloyds Bank as we look to assist our local mid-market clients realise their growth aspirations..
“In eight years working in the city, I have developed a good network of contacts, and look forward to collaborating with a number of these as Lloyds Bank seeks to help the region prosper.”
Steve Clarke, area director for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking in the West Midlands, said: “As the current Birmingham Young Professional of the year, Jemal boasts an unrivalled reputation in the city and brings a wealth of experience. We’re therefore pleased to welcome him to our team.
“This appointment marks our continued investment in supporting mid-market businesses in Birmingham and the West Midlands, and our commitment to driving the economy by providing access to funding for firms.”