As many of our members know, Nigel Henderson gave a truly heart felt speech at the Cambridge International Symposium On Economic Crime earlier this month. We've had a lot of feed back on this and this has prompted us to do a shorter edit of the speech because Nigel's questions “who among you....” need to be broadcast far and wide as an example of the totally unacceptable and totally immoral behaviour of some banks.
I want to point out that SME Alliance never says all banks or all bankers are bad. Neither do we consider our remit to be “bank bashing.” From day 1 our remit has always been to lobby for 'access to justice' and to support owners of SMEs who have been abused by banks. Nigel's speech eloquently highlights exactly why we needed to form SME Alliance because it is nothing less than a travesty of justice he has had to make that speech after years of trying to get justice.
Below is a written version of the extract we've taken. It may not be exactly the same as the speech because like all of us at the Symposium, we added or altered things on the day. Either way these are powerful words that need to be heard and we're very grateful to Nigel and his wife Norma for letting us share their shattering experiences in public. I sincerely hope someone in authority in RBS listens to this speech and decides to act with integrity to put things right for the Henderson's. It's never too late to do the right thing.
Extract from Nigel Henderson's speech: