Can You Bank On Me features two ex bankers who until recently enjoyed earning huge salaries and all the trappings of a high flying lifestyle. The bankers will spend a week working with a struggling business that’s been on the receiving end of the credit crunch.
The pair, one banker who was made redundant and another that resigned will now experience the recession from a very different perspective.
The bankers will see, first hand, the human cost of economic meltdown. They’ll be challenged by the work – and by the people they’ll be working with, who will have strong opinions about why the British economy is in such a state.
31-year-old Griselda spent years working as an analyst in hedge funds and banks. She was made redundant in November 2008.
Griselda has been appointed to work with the self described “Queen of Blackpool”, Pat Mancini, MBE, at the 107-room Queen’s Hotel. Like many businesses in Blackpool, The Queens has struggled for business in recent years and the credit crunch has delivered what Pat fears may be the killer blow.
At the hotel Griselda learns the ropes from ground floor up, working in the housekeeping department, the restaurant, the kitchen and the bar. But can she come up with a corporate hospitality plan to help save The Queens?
28-year-old Amit worked as a Senior Analyst for a large bank. He specialised in providing debt and equity to real estate backed deals and resigned after feeling unchallenged when the credit crunch stopped his bank doing big money, high risk deals.
Amit will spend a week working in the picturesque village of Weobley, surrounded by the rolling hills at The Dairy House. This small organic dairy produce company supplies local stores and supermarkets with handmade organic yoghurt, cheesecake, curd cheese, cream and butter.
The food industry in general remains unaffected by the credit crunch. But organic food sales have slowed as customers “trade down” and look for cheaper products.
Amit mucks in at The Dairy House, getting up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows as well as making products in the small factory. But can he use his business experience to convince a group of entrepreneurs to invest some much-needed cash in The Dairy House?
Seeing the effect of the recession first hand, will the bankers question the wisdom of their old industry? Can they redeem themselves in the eyes of their new colleagues? And ultimately, can their big city skills help a struggling small business?
Monday 24th August, 9pm on BBC ONE