Lloyds TSB has launched a dedicated West Midlands manufacturing team.

Headed by senior manager Brian Cartwright, the Lloyds TSB Commercial team includes five relationship managers accredited by the Warwick Manufacturing Group following training with the University of Warwick.

The course was developed with Lloyds, the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), to ensure the team has practical knowledge to lend to manufacturers.

The team will help their manufacturing business portfolio to identify traditional and alternative funding solutions and hold local forums to identify common issues and opportunities for the sector.

Mr Cartwright said: “The West Midlands is renowned as the heart of the country’s manufacturing industry, a vital sector to the regeneration of the UK’s economy.

“Lloyds TSB Commercial is committed to supporting businesses that are keen to grow and succeed, and our dedicated local team is ready to supply tailored financial guidance.

“The training undertaken by the team ensures a firm understanding of the sector and its challenges and the funding requirements of manufacturing firms, and we will be with them every step of the way as they look to expand and make a positive impact on the region.”