The team was selected unanimously by judges who applauded their dedication to training staff, at the annual event hosted by the Renewable Energy Association.
Dedication to training
The judges particularly applauded the team’s dedication to training staff: following its launch in 2011, more than 300 managers looking after small and medium sized businesses across the UK have gone through training accredited by the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
The training ensures managers have an all round understanding of renewable projects; from the different types of technology, financial returns, Government policy and legal and planning issues.
Left to right: Paul Thompson, REA Head of Policy; Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy; Chris Rowden, NatWest’s Head Of Specialist Sectors; Lorraine Harvey, Agriculture and Renewable Energy Relationship Manager Scotland; Margaret Johnston, Head Of Agriculture Credit; Charlotte Woffindin, Professional Development Manager; Roddy McLean, Renewable Energy Specialist Scotland.
Ian Burow, Head of Renewable Energy for Business and Commercial Banking at NatWest, said:
“We are committed to supporting businesses in achieving their goals in considering renewable energy and energy efficient measures and this award is testament to the hard work put in across the bank since the launch of our dedicated team.
“It is vital that our energy specialists know and understand the renewable energy industry in order to support them through, what can be fairly complicated projects.
“In a new and emerging market like renewable energy, finding the right people or trusted advisers to work with is key to success. Our managers are well equipped to assist and ensure the advice, help and support given is independent, continually adding value and from an organisation they can recognise and trust.”
Gaynor Hartnell, REA Chief Executive, said: “NatWest didn’t have to do this. There are plenty of other market sectors and other types of small business for it to lend to, not entailing introducing a nationwide training programme.
“Instead it had the vision to proactively set about tooling its Business and Commercial bank managers, to meet the growing market demand for SMEs seeking funding for renewables projects.”
The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and renewable gas. It is the largest renewable trade association in the UK, with over 1,000 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.