David Ramsden with Claire Brunning

David Ramsden with Claire Brunning

Press Club sponsor HSBC, currently continuing with the move of its UK headquarters to Birmingham, has further strengthened its corporate banking team in the West Midlands with four new senior appointments.

Markus Keller has been appointed deputy head of corporate banking for the Midlands; Claire Brunning, head of corporate banking for Birmingham; David Ramsden, head of corporate banking for the North and South West Midlands with Emma Hallam as deputy head.

In their new roles, they will lead a team of experienced corporate banking specialists in delivering bespoke, relationship-led services to support the growth of the bank’s customers in the Midlands. 

Gary Burton, regional director for corporate banking in the Midlands, said, “Markus, Claire, David and Emma bring unique skill sets and the right financial knowledge to our growing team in the Midlands. Over the years, HSBC has been committed to supporting customers and helping businesses in the region to grow and finance their international trading needs. 

The appointments continue HSBC’s strong investment in the region, which includes the move of its UK headquarters to Birmingham, and follows a period of strong business growth. Gary added: “The Midlands is one of the fastest growing regions in the UK and as such we’re heavily investing in people in the region to keep pace with the ambitions of local businesses and professional communities.”

Meanwhile, Birmingham City University has secured a £45m Revolving Credit Facility from HSBC to support three construction projects - the building of a new Birmingham Conservatoire, an extension to The Curzon Building at City Centre Campus and the extension to the Seacole building at City South Campus.

The University’s Conservatoire is the first complete new build conservatoire in the UK since 1987, and will provide state-of-the-art performance space. The new Curzon Building extension will house over 3,000 students and members of staff and features more than 650-rooms, a Student Hub, lecture theatre and mock courtrooms, adding a 100,000 sq ft extension. The new Seacole Building will accommodate the relocated School of Education as well as the new School of Life Sciences.

HSBC’s Jon Bramwell said: “This deal reflects the wider development and growth which Birmingham is currently experiencing while also investing in its future.  We are keen to continue to develop our strategic partnership with local universities given the establishment of our UK headquarters in Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone.”