Skip to the content

Inclusive business interview with Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE

Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE invited Joel Blake onto episode 133 of his leadership podcast to talk all about inclusive business support, FinTech and the integral role of diversity and inclusivity in business.

The discussion centers around Joel's personal story, following his path to multi-award-winning businessman, public speaker, corporate adviso, and now tech founder of GFA Exchange. Joel talks about how working life started out for him, working in a recycling factory peeling stickers off hangers, through to landing his first role with a FTSE 500 company and how very early on he felt a calling to provide inclusive business support. 

To watch the full discussion please click below:

You can also access the talk by following the link below: 

About the author

Joel Blake

Joel Blake

Joel is a multi-award-winning businessman and public speaker, with a passion for helping companies accelerate business growth.

He is the Founder and CEO of GFA Exchange. Previously, he was the Executive for Growing Business and Access to Finance for the GBSLEP.

Over the past 15 years, Joel has developed a credible reputation for innovation with business support ecosystems, advising professional bodies, public sector organisations and corporate firms on how to innovate their existing businesses support and leadership strategies.

He was awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise in 2016.

Outside of GFA Exchange, Joel is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, National Ambassador for the Institute of Leadership and Management, Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurs and Board Member of Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall.



Deeper insight for better decisions

We help finance providers manage their lending and investment risk. We identify which of your customers are likely to grow, which are not likely to grow, and tell you why.

Why not book a 30 min demo session to learn how?


Supported by