Pre-secondment role: Area Manager for Bank Of Scotland Private Bank responsible for a group of Relationship Managers covering the South West, Wales and South of England. Businesses
Seconded in: Southmead, Brentry, Lockleaze, Lawrence Weston and Horfield
Business Connector Role Overview
Steve Melanophy is working in the Northern Crescent of Bristol, covering Southmead, Brentry, Lockleaze, Lawrence Weston and Horfield). Although Bristol is one of the most vibrant and successful cities in the country, these wards are amongst some of the most deprived nationally.
Stephen’s focus areas are Employability Education and Enterprise in particular the relationship between large businesses and Small & medium enterprises and projects to encourage collaboration. He is predominantly working with businesses, schools and charities to improve local employment opportunities, assist small businesses, and linking schools and businesses together for mutual benefit and development.
Since being placed, Stephen has already connected with key stakeholders including Bristol City Council, Small Businesses, Corporates and volunteer groups, who have in term connected him to their valuable local networks.
The Greenway Community Centre is providing Stephen with deskspace which will be brilliant for furthering my understanding of the third sector.
Working in collaboration with a community relations professional, Bristol City Council, local Police to develop a new Southmead market which launches in October 2012. Local independent retailers and larger chains like Tesco's, Aldi and Greggs have all supported this project
Developing an Enterprise Arcade in the Broadmead Shopping Area aimed specifically at young entrepreneurs who have a new business that requires retail space for 6 months to test out their goods on the public and learn real retail experience. With so many empty retail units in the area, the project aims to breathe new life into the arcade and transform it into a place where young and new businesses can grow.
Working closely with the New Bristol Pound to encourage and promote independent trading within Bristol. Stephen has introduced The Bristol Pound to large companies including Lloyds Bank and the Environment Agency
Connected the Manager of The Greenway Community Centre with a mentor from the management team of the local David Lloyd Sports Centre to advise on his facilities such as the Gym and other areas within the Community Centre to help boost usage and income for the Centre.
“Lloyds Banking Group is in a powerful position to help local communities across the UK tackle the issues they are facing. We have shown our commitment to supporting communities across the UK, through the banking services we provide and also through backing a range of programmes and initiatives designed to support education, enterprise, and employability. However, we do not want to stop at that. Our employees are a huge untapped resource and their business expertise, deep local knowledge and professional connections can be put to use to improve life in our communities.” Alison Brittain Group Director, Retail, Lloyds Banking Group
“Businesses are increasingly aware that success cannot simply be measured in bottom line profits – we all have a greater responsibility in contributing positively in our social, economic and environmental impacts. This role is a unique opportunity which I am grabbing with both hands. Having lived and worked in Bristol for around 22 years I am passionate about the area and making a difference here. Although there are real challenges here, there is also a real appetite from business and community sector to address these issues.”