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Francis Evans

Head of Business Finance, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Francis is Head of Business Finance at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), where his goal is to make finance markets work better for start-ups and smaller businesses. He works with the government-owned British Business Bank in areas including bank lending, asset finance, and equity investment.

Francis’s background is in manufacturing and his previous roles in BEIS have covered infrastructure, skills and the automotive sector.

From 2006 to 2009 he headed the Learning Grid, a charity promoting science and engineering careers in schools.

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keynote: 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM

British Business Bank

BBB’s new CEO will talk about the challenges the investment industry is likely to face in the coming years and how the BBB is responding to them.

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keynote: 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM

British Business Bank

BBB’s new CEO will talk about the challenges the investment industry is likely to face in the coming years and how the BBB is responding to them.

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British Business Bank

Catherine Lewis La Torre

CEO, British Business Bank

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fireside chat: 14:20 – 14:40

Introducing the new Investing in Diversity Code

Building on the success of the Investing in Women Code, we’ll explore the code’s next step of evolution in addresses the broader diversity agenda and how you can get involved.

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