19 April 2024

Natalie Gasson-McKinley MBE

British Business Bank

Registration from: 11:45am

Lunch: 12:30pm

In April, Natalie Gasson-McKinley MBE joined us to explain all about lobbying and why it's important for the business community.

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Natalie's love of small businesses started as a child, when she looked up to her electrician father. Her career, spanning 20 years in various roles for notable organisations across our region, has seen her tirelessly working to foster economic environments to help entrepreneurs start and grow successful small businesses. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Businesses in the East Midlands in 2023.

During Natalie's impressive talk, she explained just why we should consider lobbying, which can help influence decisions made by local or national government, legislators or members of regulatory agencies.

Types of lobbying

  • Individual - business owners personally engage with policymakers
  • Collective - businesses unite through organisations, such as the FSB or Chamber of Commerce

So why lobby? 

  • Influence policy
  • Raise awareness


  • Be informed
  • Build relationships
  • Join business groups and organisations
  • Communicate clearly

You can connect with Natalie on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nataliegasson/



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Natalie Gasson-McKinley MBE

Natalie Gasson-McKinley MBE

Natalie’s role with the British Business Bank is to ensure entrepreneurs can access the finance they need regardless of where or who they are.

As a Senior Manager within the bank’s Policy and Strategy team, Natalie leads on the bank’s Unlocking Potential objective including oversight of the bank’s Nations and Region Investment Fund – a £1.6 billion commitment to new funding through investment strategies that best meet the needs of businesses in their nation or region, and the bank’s diversity, equity and inclusion agenda.

Awarded an MBE for services to business in the East Midlands Natalie has contributed to the success of notable organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses, the Midlands Engine, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Nottingham Playhouse and Obu Invest, and has been selected to be a UN Women UK delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68). Natalie lives in Nottingham with husband and daughter.

The Timetable

What to expect at NCBC

Arrival at 11:45, sign in and collect your badge before being escorted into the reception area.

Enjoy a bit of opening networking with the other members and guests of the lunch. Drink included.

Sit down for a two course lunch including a starter and a main followed by coffee. After lunch the guest speaker will take to the podium for their speech.

The meeting and lunch is drawn to a close.

Parking is available at NCP Nottingham Stoney Street.


Why join NCBC

Meet potential business contacts

As a member you’ll be invited to a monthly lunch-time event on the third Friday of each month (excluding August) to meet with other members and hear from our guest speaker.

Business opportunities

There are various opportunities to promote your business through word of mouth, our social media channels and also sponsorship.

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