Harrison heads up a team of 150 staff which provides banking services to around 750 companies from its corporate offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Nottingham. With 18 years’ experience at RBS working with businesses from SMEs to large corporates and most recently running specialist structured finance teams, Harrison brings a wealth of experience to the role.
Andrew Harrison, Managing Director, Midlands and East of England, RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking, said: "I'm very excited to be joining the RBS team in this dynamic region. My responsibility is to ensure that RBS is proactively there to help companies in the Midlands and East of England reach their strategic goals both domestically and internationally. I am very conscious of our responsibility to support the regional economy and am confident that we have the resources, people and expertise to do so.
"The economic environment is challenging but there are good opportunities for companies to invest and grow, for example by taking advantage of low interest rates. I'm therefore very positive about the prospects for the region and am committed to delivering the strength of the RBS Group."
Harrison highlighted the full service offering RBS provides in the region: "Through our wide reach our relationship managers are able to offer clients a comprehensive banking service from payments and deposits to lending and risk management as well as the support of a truly global bank."
The bank recently launched the sixth tranche of its Manufacturing Fund targeted specifically at supporting manufacturers in the UK. Harrison will be looking at funnelling this £1billion capacity into regional firms to help them take advantage of growth opportunities.