Lisa Bryant

Former BITC Business Connector, 

We asked Lisa about her experience of being a Business in the Community Business Connector.

What’s your fondest memory of being a Business Connector?

So many!!!

Sitting in training in Solihull on a rollercoaster of emotion!

Big Lottery event at Oval Cricket Ground with HRH Prince of Wales feeling part of something amazing.

Meeting HRH Prince of Wales and telling him about changing in the back of my car!

The buzz from making my first connection and thinking ‘yeah I can do this!’

Seeing the faces on my group of Somali refugees when I secured them catering work placements – such gratitude and excitement.

Witnessing the journey of Keisha from being an unemployed teenage single mum to holding down a regular job and starting college to train as a youth worker.

The transformation in Old Market through our Community Paint Day and filling 3 commercial properties.

Sourcing building materials for People First to realise their dream of fitting out their charity shop to teach retail skills to clients and generate income for the organisation.

Running a social media seminar for unemployed professionals and hearing from 2 people they had secured work 1 week later.

Being a Dragon on a panel for a year 9 enterprise challenge at Thornbury School.

How has being a Business Connector changed your role or the way you approach your role since going back into your business?

I now have a creative approach to problem solving. I’m more collaborative with stakeholders on projects and resourceful with budget. I definitely have Increased confidence in leadership and motivating others.

Have you made any changes to the way your company approaches community investment since returning?

By sharing my experiences, everyone wants to know more and do more. Being a Connector has rebranded CSR in the bank and our case studies have identified other ways colleagues can support communities. I want to build on the one off volunteering days and look to help my team create long term partnerships with local communities.