Melanie Ellyard

Mel Ellyard, Senior Manager UKN, British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is the UK’s economic development bank breaking down barriers in access to finance for businesses across the UK. Its mission is to finance markets work better so smaller businesses across the UK can prosper and grow.

The UK Network is a collection of local British Business Bank experts based in every English region and Devolved Nation. It collaborates with business advisers, associations, intermediaries, investors, and more to understand local, regional, and national insights, share best practice across the UK and strengthen local finance ecosystems. As part of the UK Network, Mel covers Yorkshire, Humber and the Tees Valley, engaging closely with small business finance stakeholders in these areas, helping to ensure smaller businesses are aware of finance options and ensuring the role of the British Business Bank is understood.

Mel also supports the delivery of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) across Yorkshire and Humberside and Tees Valley Areas. The £500 million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) was launched in February 2017 by the government-owned British Business Bank with an aim to assist the region’s businesses with their growth plans. Working alongside 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), NPIF is a key part of the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ vision, which aims to help reduce the North / South divide and help to create economic prosperity in the North of England on par with London and the South East. NPIF’s funding supports new and growing SMEs, creates jobs and encourages and attracts additional private sector investment by providing finance and support for small and medium businesses.

Previously Mel has worked in complementary roles for over 25 years with Leeds City Region LEP in Innovation, Grant Thornton in the growth team, Capital Enterprise as CEO for the North helping to develop ecosystems for tech businesses, she also helped found a successful biotech company in the North. Mel is a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion across the North and sits on several steering committees and project boards.