ART Business Loans chooses sector stalwart as new chair

ART Business Loans has just chosen voluntary sector and social enterprise stalwart Dr Nick Venning as its new chair.

Nick, who retired from PwC in 2016, has used his new-found free time to devote himself to even more third sector and charitable projects. He is founder and co-chair of Birmingham’s CSR network, Thrive, has a life-long association with homelessness charity St Basil’s — whose fundraising committee he chaired for over ten years — is deputy chair of Birmingham Civic Society, a board member of CSR City and the School for Social Entrepreneurs and in 2015 became the first honorary life member of Social Enterprise UK West Midlands. He was recently appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.

Dr Nick Venning (photo: ART)

“We are delighted that Nick has joined ART’s Board and is now our Chair,” says ART chief exec Dr Steve Walker. “His experience and ethos fit perfectly with ART and he is well placed to support our continued growth and development.”

Nick says: “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and with ART’s staff team to build on ART’s impressive record of success over the past twenty years. The immediate challenge is to explore new and sustainable funding streams to meet increasing demand for loans. I am delighted to confirm that ART has at least £7.5m to lend over the next three years – and we will be looking to grow from there.”

Since it launched in 1997 ART has injected in excess of £22m in loans of between £10,000 and £150,000 into the West Midlands economy, helping hundreds of enterprises, including social enterprises, survive, diversify and grow, protecting  or creating thousands of jobs. ART Business Loans is based at Innovation Birmingham Campus.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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