Branch Manager at Handelsbanken, Walsall.
Stephen Breen is an experienced Bank Manager, with a passion for helping businesses grow, providing customers with strategic advice and opinion to ensure businesses have the appropriate banking solutions for their specific needs.
Stephen, with 4 colleagues opened the Handelsbanken branch in Walsall in November 2015. He manages a dedicated team providing an excellent, bespoke, locally delivered, service to businesses and individuals in the Walsall area.
Stephen says: “It is a key difference of Handelsbanken that it actively encourages each local branch to engage with the local community it serves, and see ways in which we can help.”
Since 2015, Stephen has been a committed Member of the Access to Finance committee within the Black Country LEP and the branch has assisted a number of local schools and colleges with presentations to their students about careers in banking, preparation of business plans and mock interviews. He has also been a keen driver in establishing the Walsall Professionals Club where, on a quarterly basis, local solicitors, accountants and valuers meet to discuss ways in assisting our local economy to thrive.
Motivated by his interest in strengthening the well-being and prosperity of Walsall’s economy, Stephen represents the finance sector on the Walsall Economic Board.
Speaking about his role on the WEB, Stephen says: “The long-term investment Handelsbanken is making in Walsall reflects our belief and confidence in the immense potential of the town, its people and its business community. In my experience, the WEB is an almost unique body, looking to bring together the private and public sectors for the benefit of Walsall.”