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12 / 12 / 2017

Henry Howard Finance continues to invest in IT to drive future growth

Firm confirms five key appointments within a 12 month period (l-r) Clare Montgomery, James Taylor, Nicola Evans, Gavin Dowding, Greg Merriman and Rhydian Thomas

Henry Howard Finance (HHF), a leading UK funder and one of the largest alternative finance providers in Wales, has increased the size and scope of its internal IT team with a series of key appointments, to simultaneously bolster the firm’s business intelligence and improve cyber security.

Expansion of the division has been led by Gavin Dowding, Head of IT, who initially joined the business in 2016 to support Henry Howard Finance’s ongoing growth plans. Gavin, who specialises in resource planning, business intelligence, data visualisation and the development and implementation of new software has introduced more than 15 years’ best practice experience to HHF.

Gavin is supported by Head of Infrastructure, James Taylor, who was recruited in August from Olive Communications to ensure the firm’s network and cyber security systems operate efficiently and securely at all times. Earlier this month, Greg Merriman, an experienced web applications developer also joined the team to ensure the continued success of HHF’s unique online deal management portal, ‘HowApp’, which launched in 2015.

Earlier in the year the group was further bolstered by the recruitment of three experienced business analysts, Rhydian Thomas, Nicola Evans and Clare Montgomery, who assumed responsibility for aligning business processes with business needs. Collectively, the three will undertake a number of IT change management initiatives and assist with future planning in line with company goals.

Last but not least, the team has been completed by data intelligence analyst, James Brown, who is responsible for developing new ways to measure business performance whilst actively collecting feedback from users of the internal systems.

Commenting on the developments, Anne Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Henry Howard Finance, said: “At Henry Howard Finance we appreciate the increasing importance of technology, and the role that IT will continue to play within the growth journey of the business – particularly as we prepare ourselves to implement GDPR best practices. We have every confidence that our current systems are ahead of the market offering, and our considerable investment into the IT team has been made in order to maintain our position as a funder of first choice.

“Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, our strengthened IT capabilities will allow us to more effectively analyse client data and improve the tailored financial services we provide, further enhancing our offering to our vendors and customers.”

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About Henry Howard Finance Group

Newport-headquartered Henry Howard Finance (HHF) was established in 1996 and is one of the UK’s largest independent finance houses. Its flexible and responsive finance solutions assist more than 20,000 different UK-based businesses across a variety of sectors. In 2016 alone, HHF provided finance for more than 6,000 businesses lending in excess of £150 million. In 2017 HHF was also recognised as the largest provider of alternative finance in Wales. Today the group portfolio stands in excess of £250 million.

The group has won awards across England and Wales for innovation, technology and alternative finance products and currently employs 110 people over four locations. The firm’s geographical expansion and secured technological investments provide customers with access to leading financial solutions in the market, including ‘HowApp’, an online credit decision and deal management portal that allows users to complete a finance agreement in as little as 20 seconds.

Henry Howard Finance Group has five business divisions that support the SME market with access to finance, equipment and commercial lending services.

  • Henry Howard Asset Finance provides competitive funding for business-critical equipment, including industrial machinery, construction equipment and commercial vehicles.
  • Henry Howard Vendor Finance provides access to industry leading technology, a dedicated sales support service and innovative funding facilities to support equipment vendors.
  • Henry Howard Retail Finance supports retail and vendor suppliers in the shop-fitting and retail equipment market, with 20 years’ experience in finance and refinance solutions.
  • Henry Howard Cashflow Finance provides invoice discounting and invoice factoring solutions for businesses looking to improve cash flow.
  • Henry Howard Commercial and Property Finance specialises in commercial and property finance, property investment, crowdfunding and business loans.