Meet the Executive Team – Ian McLaughlan
What is your role?
The LEP’s aim is to drive economic growth across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area, we can’t do that without helping businesses to grow and invest here. My role is to help deliver the right support for businesses to enable this to happen. My particular focus for this is the GBSLEP Growth Hub. The Growth Hub is the single point of contact for businesses and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a business. It brings together all public organisations delivering support for businesses in one place and makes it easy and quick for people to get the right advice, information or funding.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I work with an incredibly talented team who really keep me on my toes, which is great as I love to be challenged at work. The policy and funding environment is constantly changing so we have to be creative and adaptable, which suits me. The best bit though is being able to make the place I live and work in better and more successful – thanks to the businesses we help, who are doing some incredible things.
What did you study at university and why?
I read Modern Languages (French & Spanish) for the simple reason that I loved studying them! Speaking another language offers a chance to see things from another perspective and connect with other cultures and your own in a really special way.
What is your favourite piece of music?
I love all kinds of music and listen to music all the time. Some of my top bands/artists are: Abba, Belle & Sebastian, Bob Dylan, Enya, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Queen, Vivaldi, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. That’s quite eclectic! I’m also really looking forward to going to V Festival in August.
What is your favourite place in the LEP area?
I moved to Birmingham to take up this role and one of the reasons was because I think Birmingham is such an incredible city. It’s so busy and diverse – you can find anything you are interested in here but there are also oases of calm and beauty if you need a break. I’ve definitely fallen in love with the place!