One of the Midlands’ senior banking figures is to take up a new national role for Lloyds Bank.

Andrew Connors, who has led the mid markets business for Lloyds Banking Commercial Banking in the West Midlands for almost seven years, is to become head of medium sized business for Lloyds.

Mr Connors said he was looking forward to his new role, which will see him dealing with firms with a turnover of between £25 million and £100 million.

Describing it as a “fantastic opportunity” he said: “Medium sized businesses are a key growth engine for the UK economy. They generate 23 per cent of economic revenue and 16 per cent of all jobs but have been described as the ‘UK’s forgotten army’.

“Supporting these businesses is a critical area of focus for Lloyds Bank where we have ambitious plans to grow our market share and grow our lending. The opportunity to lead this business for Lloyds and supporting the UK economy as it emerges from recession is hugely exciting.”

Although excited at the opportunity Mr Connors admitted he would miss the Midlands.

“I’ve loved the experience of working in Birmingham and the West Midlands,” he said. “It’s been a very difficult time economically and a tough time to be working in the banking sector but as someone new to the West Midlands, as I was seven years ago, I was immediately surprised by the vibrancy of the community I joined and the collaborative environment I walked into.

“I’ve found it an easy place to do business and an easy place to fall in love with, which says so much about this region.”