Richard Bearman

MD British Business Bank

Richard Bearman is a Managing Director at British Business Bank with responsibility for Start Up Loans - a Government-funded programme that provides fixed-interest loans and mentoring support to aspiring business owners from across the UK who might be struggling to access other forms of finance. With support from a network of local Delivery Partners, the programme helps thousands of people each year from all backgrounds and walks of life to realise their ambitions and start their own business.

Richard was previously the Head of Small Business for HSBC UK, where he worked for 20 years, bringing with him a wealth of experience working with start-ups and entrepreneurs. Richard was responsible for setting the strategic direction, growing HSBC UK’s small business customer base and leading a team of Business Specialists, with more than 450 colleagues located across the UK. He also developed HSBC UK’s Direct Business Specialist proposition using a range of telephone and digital tools.