Allica quizzing for new charity partner at AFPA Trust Big Quiz

Hoping to win the coveted Rivermore Asset Finance donated AFPA Trust Big Quiz Trophy and £10,000 for their chosen charity ANDYSMANCLUB, Allica Bank has registered a team for the AFPA Trust Big Quiz, which will take place on May 23rd at the prestigious Royal Overseas League Club in Mayfair, London.

Allica quizzing for new charity partner at AFPA Trust Big Quiz

May 17, 2024

Hoping to win the coveted Rivermore Asset Finance donated AFPA Trust Big Quiz Trophy and £10,000 for their chosen charity ANDYSMANCLUB, Allica Bank has registered a team for the AFPA Trust Big Quiz, which will take place on May 23rd at the prestigious Royal Overseas League Club in Mayfair, London.

High-street lenders neglecting women-led enterprises, new study finds

Research from independent SME funder Bibby Financial Services (BFS) finds that women business leaders are facing gender inequality in commercial lending, which is hampering the growth ambitions of many SMEs. Data from BFS’s latest SME Confidence Tracker, which surveyed 1,000 UK SMEs, uncovered that two thirds (66%) of women business leaders believe that banks are less prepared to lend to businesses like theirs, while more than half (57%) say it's more difficult to access external finance than it was six months ago.

High-street lenders neglecting women-led enterprises, new study finds

May 16, 2024

Research from independent SME funder Bibby Financial Services (BFS) finds that women business leaders are facing gender inequality in commercial lending, which is hampering the growth ambitions of many SMEs. Data from BFS’s latest SME Confidence Tracker, which surveyed 1,000 UK SMEs, uncovered that two thirds (66%) of women business leaders believe that banks are less prepared to lend to businesses like theirs, while more than half (57%) say it's more difficult to access external finance than it was six months ago.

Haydock appoints new Broker Manager

Haydock Finance have confirmed the appointment of James Carey as Broker Manager for the Midlands area. Carey had previously spent two years as a Business Development Manager at Shawbrook Bank. Carey fully understands broker needs and thinking from his time at two of Haydock’s intermediary partners - Cornwood Finance and MAF Finance Group.

Haydock appoints new Broker Manager

May 15, 2024

Haydock Finance have confirmed the appointment of James Carey as Broker Manager for the Midlands area. Carey had previously spent two years as a Business Development Manager at Shawbrook Bank. Carey fully understands broker needs and thinking from his time at two of Haydock’s intermediary partners - Cornwood Finance and MAF Finance Group.

Thought Leaders

Asset finance facing emerging economic and compliance challenges

May 09, 2024

The pace of change in the asset finance sector is accelerating with economic challenges, new regulation, evolving technology, and players constantly changing in the market. Everyone in the asset finance sector needs to be ready to reorganise and adjust to a rapidly changing world. A host of asset finance leaders came together at the Asset Finance Connect (AFC) Autumn 2023 Conference to explore the emerging economic and compliance challenges facing the evolving industry as we entered 2024.

Appointments

STAR Asset Finance Group announces CEO transition

May 14, 2024

STAR Asset Finance Group, provider of asset finance solutions to UK SMEs, has announced that Jim Higginbotham has stepped down from his role as CEO. Jim has been with the company for four years, serving the last two as CEO. During his tenure, the company has experienced significant growth, with the balance sheet expanding from £75 million to over £125 million.

Leasing Professionals

AFC’s Next Generation Workshop to focus on managing adversity and developing resilience in the workplace

May 15, 2024

Asset Finance Connect’s Next Generation Workshop, in association with the Leasing Foundation, will be returning to the AFC Summer Conference on 6th June at etc venues, County Hall, London. Edward Peck, CEO of Asset Finance Connect commented, “The upcoming AFC Next Generation workshop shines a spotlight on the important role young professionals must play in shaping the future of the asset finance sector. It is one way in which AFC can support the Leasing Foundation’s efforts to nurture, empower and retain emerging talent in the industry. During the next-gen session, participants will have the opportunity to connect with their peers in other lending businesses, widening their networks beyond their immediate businesses. We hope it will also help facilitate the exchange of ideas among the next generation of leaders, sparking the innovation necessary to fuel growth and to better serve borrowers.”