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Finance veteran joins business loans firm

BCRS Business Loans has appointed a former chairman of the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association as its own new chairman. The West Midlands-based not-for-profit

lender announced that Paul Smee has taken over from Rob Hill. Mr Smee has more than 20 years’

experience leading British trade associations as well as being chairman of Peer-to-Peer, the industry association which represents online debt-based alternative finance companies. Since September 2020, Mr Smee has

been a member of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and was previously chief executive of UK Payments and the Council of Mortgage Lenders. He is also heavily involved with social

housing regulation, as deputy chairman of the Regulator of Social Housing. He said: “I am delighted to be joining

BCRS Business Loans as chair and relish the opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing organisation that continues to do so much to support the growth and survival of businesses that are unable to access finance from traditional lenders.

‘Paul brings a breadth of knowledge from across the financial services sector’

“I have watched BCRS’ progress with

interest in recent years, especially during 2020 when it worked tirelessly to support businesses in the West Midlands that were struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “I am very much looking forward to

meeting the whole team in person when coronavirus rules allow and getting to know my fellow board members.” BCRS chief executive Stephen Deakin

said: “I am so pleased to share the news that Paul Smee will be joining our board as chair. “Paul brings a breadth of knowledge

from across the financial services sector and is held in high esteem for his strategic thinking and regulatory mind set. I know his standing and experience will be invaluable for BCRS. “I look forward to working closely with

Paul. He joins at an exciting time as we look to provide SMEs with the funding they require to kick-start growth plans and drive our economic recovery from the pandemic.” Established in 2002, BCRS Business

Loans supports businesses across the West Midlands region that are unable to access finance from traditional lenders, such as banks.

42 CHAMBERLINK June 2021 Promotions at Addfield

Burntwood-based manufacturer Addfield Environmental Systems Ltd has promoted operations director Derek Carr to managing director. He takes over from Steve Lloyd, who becomes

chief executive officer. Addfield has successfully been supplying agricultural incinerators to the farming sector since it was founded in 1982, and began to expand rapidly when Mr Lloyd took over in 2007. The company now exports to more than 110

countries, supplying not only agricultural but medical, aquacultural, and specialist bespoke incinerators, including pet cremators. New managing director Derek Carr has risen

through the ranks joining the company as general manager in 2010. He became production director in 2015 and then operations director three years ago. He said: “I am very proud of the team here at

Addfield, I recognise our growth is down to a clear vision of building the most robust, reliable and thermally efficient incinerators on the market.Every business will have challenges and competition, we have grown because we have direction and a team

that accepts this ethos. This is shown with our growth, repeat business and investment into the industry through innovative designs.

‘The company now exports to more than 110 countries’

Mr Lloyd said: “It has always been the natural

progression for Derek to take over the managing director’s role within the Addfield Companies. “Derek has played a leading role in the growth

and development of Addfield over the years, without him we would not have achieved the level of success that we enjoy today. “His continued dedication and commitment to

the business its employees and partners makes him the perfect fit to oversee the day-to-day operations and continued growth of the Addfield businesses.” Addfield has remained in full operation

throughout the coronavirus crisis, supplying dozens of machines to combat the increased waste created from treating the virus whilst helping developing countries to reduce the risks of contagion through correct disposal.

Trio scoop Queen’s Awards

Three companies from Staffordshire – including one from Cannock - have been recognised in the prestigious 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. These awards represent the gold standard

for recognition of business achievement and provide winners with the opportunity to develop their businesses further. Awards are made for outstanding achievement

in four categories: international trade, promoting opportunity through social mobility, innovation and sustainable development. The 2021 winners from Staffordshire are:

Laundry Efficiency Limited, Cannock, in the sustainable development category; LA International Computer Consultants Limited, Stoke-on-Trent, in the international trade category; and YMCA North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, in the promoting opportunity category.

Laundry Efficiency is run by Graham and

Colin Oakley, and, as the name suggests, helps laundries run in a more efficient and more environmentally friendly manner. Managing director Graham Oakley said:

“From day one, I have aimed been to make the world a greener place. Winning a Queen’s Award is a testament to the transformation and high eco-standards we get our customers to reach.” An official certificate and commemorative

crystal trophy are to be presented to the winners by the Queen’s Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire, Ian Dudson. David Gage, Staffordshire Deputy

Lieutenant and Panel Champion for Business and Enterprise, said: “Once again it has been shown that Staffordshire is a truly enterprising county. I offer warm congratulations to our winners.”

Contact: Chris Plant T: 0845 6036650

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Promotion: Derek Carr (left) and Steve Lloyd

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