Piers Linney appointed to board of British Business Bank

Piers Linney, the co-founder of Manchester-based Outsourcery and former Dragons’ Den star, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the British Business Bank.

Linney, who grew up in Bacup in Lancashire, is chairman of Soulmatefood and sits on the Boards of Nesta and the Aleto Foundation. He was recognised as Black Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014/15. 

He said: “I’m very excited to be joining the British Business Bank, an organisation that brings a huge amount of value and expertise to smaller business finance markets. I look forward to adding my experience to an already highly accomplished Board and playing my role in supporting SMEs for which access to external finance is key to growth.”

Amanda Rendle, Director of Jaren Consulting, has also been appointed as a non-executive director.

Lord Smith, Chair of the British Business Bank said: “We are delighted to welcome Piers and Amanda to the board of the British Business Bank. Piers’ entrepreneurial and small business finance expertise, together with Amanda’s impressive marketing credentials, bring valuable experience to our Board.

“These appointments will be very important as the bank grows and we extend our operations, especially in the areas of patient capital and in the provision of information for scale-up companies.”

Outsourcery was sold to GCI last year amid fears it could go into administration.