HSBC commercial bank has appointed Mark Harris as head of corporate for the Midlands.

He joins from HSBC in the North West, where he was deputy head of corporate, and is responsible for supporting businesses in the region with a turnover in excess of £30 million.

Mr Harris has 32 years’ experience with HSBC and has held a number of roles within commercial and corporate banking in the Midlands, at HSBC’s Canary Wharf headquarters and across the wider UK.

He will be supported in his new role by Midlands deputy head of corporate banking, Dan Wright, and leads a team of relationship managers dedicated to supporting businesses in all sectors, backed up by HSBC’s Midlands corporate offices in the West and East Midlands.

Mr Harris said he has been impressed by the quality and diversity of businesses in the region but has urged Midlands-based corporates to seize the opportunities offered by international trade.

He said: “My aim is to promote HSBC as the bank of choice for business and to drive our international business offering, while continuing to successfully service our domestic customers.

“At HSBC, we forecast that UK international trade will grow by approximately 60 per cent over the next 15 years and businesses in the Midlands are well-placed to drive that growth.

“The Midlands boasts a high concentration of forward-thinking, dynamic companies across a range of sectors that are looking for ways to grow their business. International trade offers them that opening and I’d urge businesses in the region to grasp that opportunity.”

Mr Harris is married and has four children. He enjoys restoring Italian scooters, football - he supports Leeds United - travel and spending time with his family.