Henry Howard Finance is expanding its network of account managers in the Midlands three-fold in response to increasing demand for personality-led SME finance solutions nationwide.
Ian Kavanagh and Aaron Khatkar join the UK finance provider as it looks towards continued investment in ‘people power’ and to help more businesses than ever grow, thrive and survive.
The new recruits will work alongside existing asset finance account manager for the Midlands, Paul Bedi, to provide even more small and large companies regionally with bespoke finance packages designed to suit their individual needs.
Matt Jones, Head of Asset Finance at Henry Howard Finance, said: “In the past 12 months we’ve been taking on more account managers around the UK in response to an even greater need for bespoke and face to face SME financial solutions, with new members joining nationwide.
“In the Midlands, Ian and Aaron will help existing asset finance manager Paul Bedi build on the fantastic achievements he has already made regionally in supporting a wide range of businesses to realise a whole host of expansion plans.”
“We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Ian and Aaron into the Henry Howard Finance family and as a company to be expanding our offering ‘on the ground’ generally to support SMEs in more areas of the UK than we ever have before,” Matt added.
Established in 1996, Henry Howard Finance now has a 130-strong team of ‘can do’ people who have supported more than 30,000 businesses to date secure the asset, vendor or retail finance they need to move forward and grow.
With a background in equipment finance, Ian is looking forward to bringing previous knowledge of the UK banking sector to the team, most recently working with HSBC. Ian said: “My work to date has largely involved mainstream banking organisations, so to be joining one of the largest independent finance houses in the UK is hugely exciting for me.”
Before joining Henry Howard Finance, Aaron also worked in the mainstream banking sector for Allied Irish Bank Asset Finance. Aaron said: ““I’m really looking forward to helping businesses throughout the Midlands who can benefit from the unique offering Henry Howard Finance provides.”
Ongoing investment in listening and people power, as well as securing a £100million asset finance facility from the British Business Bank, has allowed Henry Howard Finance increased flexibility and adaptability in recent years.
The company is able to lend from its own book, increasing the speed at which it can make funding decisions, and also looks at different options using a panel of lenders to find the right deal for its clients.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the SME finance market, its latest appointments follow a year of record portfolio growth during which the company helped more than 8,000 businesses and saw asset-based lending volumes increase by 16%.
The UK finance provider has also recently expanded its network in Devon, Cornwall, North West England, Bristol, Bath and Manchester, among other areas, as it looks to support more SMEs than ever with the asset, vendor and retail finance solutions they need to succeed.