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Starling hires head of SME banking

Theo Osborn | 17:00 Wednesday 12th December 2018

Starling Bank has announced the appointment of Stuart Doignie as its head of SME banking.

His early tasks at the digital bank will include leading its bid for finance from the RBS capabilities and innovation fund.

Starling will bid for a share of the £425m fund, which is designed to bring more competition to the UK SME banking market.

Stuart joins from ezbob, where he served as chief risk officer.

Before that, he held various roles at Barclaycard over the course of nearly 15 years.

Anne Boden, founder and chief executive at Starling Bank, said: “The small business banking market has no meaningful competition.

“Starling is changing that and Stuart’s appointment will enable us to build on the success we have enjoyed since the launch of our business accounts last March.

“The RBS fund needs to back genuine disruptors, rather than established high street banks that have taken small business owners for granted for too long."

Stuart added: “Throughout my career, I’ve worked in SME lending and risk management.

“I am passionate about bringing much-needed change to the SME market, delivering best-in-class products and customer experience.

“I feel like Starling [is] perfectly placed to lead this challenge and [has] already proven what can be done in a very short period of time.”

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