Pre-secondment role: Senior Manager, Commercial, Lloyds Banking Group
Seconded in: Exeter
Businesses are increasingly aware that ‘success’ cannot simply be measured in bottom line profits. My work on sustainability has strengthened this view and I have been thrilled by making a difference through engaging businesses on this topic.
Viv Hignell Business Connector role overview:
Viv has been with Lloyds Banking Group for 38 years most recently specialising in educating SME customers on the opportunities arising from the sustainability agenda. Vic has recently taken on the Business Connector role in Exeter as one of four Lloyds Banking Group Business Connectors currently working in communities of need. Just weeks into his secondment Viv has already made over 100 connections with local contacts profiling his new role and encouraging connections. He is focusing on building relationships with key organisations in the Exeter region such as Exeter Business Leadership Group meeting and Exeter Chamber of Commerce.
His initial connections have uncovered the following opportunities:
A local homelessness charity the Shilhay Community, are keen to work with Viv to help explore opportunities with local branches and commercial teams within Lloyds Banking Group.
Viv is exploring a potential partnership between The University of Exeter Business School and Fruit Tree company a training and coaching provider for social enterprise groups and cooperatives.
“Businesses are increasingly aware that ‘success’ cannot simply be measured in bottom line profits. My work on sustainability has strengthened this view and I have been thrilled by making a difference through engaging businesses on this topic.” Viv Hignell
“We are backing the Business Connectors scheme by increasing the number of secondees on the ground across the UK and by investing £200,000 in the scheme’s infrastructure and training facilities. We hope that, as the scheme rolls out nationally, more businesses will come forward to provide expertise and support through their own employees.” Alison Brittain, Group Director, Retail, Lloyds Banking Group