(L-R) One Stop Business Finance’s new Business Development Managers Steve Norton and Kelly West, with Andrew Mackenzie, Managing Director and Rebecca Ennis, Business Development Director, newly recruited BDM Sarah Aylward and Carey Scargill, Business Development Manager for the Yorkshire region. When this photo was taken, two important people were unavailable. Helen Dale, Business Development Manager, West Midlands was serving Queen and Country on Jury Service. And Rachel Mackenzie, Business Development Director North (Designate) was giving birth! Both were considered legitimate excuses for absence!

Independent SME funding specialist One Stop Business Finance has completed a major programme of investment to support its growth plans which has significantly increased the size of its UK-wide business development team.

One Stop Business Finance has grown its business development team from four to seven, with the appointment of Steve Norton, Sarah Aylward and Kelly West. They will serve a growing client base chiefly across the Midlands and East Anglia, where – like all parts of the UK – the company is ideally placed to meet the pent-up demand from SMEs who often find it difficult to obtain finance solutions from mainstream banks due to their relatively inflexible lending criteria.

As a specialist in flexible finance solutions for SMEs, One Stop Business Finance expects to see strong growth for its services across the board in the next 12 months, which has driven the need for additional personnel. Over the past year, it has experienced two of its busiest and most profitable quarters in its seven-year history, despite the impact of the pandemic and availability of government support schemes.

In addition to the new appointments, OSBF has also promoted Rebecca Ennis to Business Development Director to head its client-facing team. Rebecca previously worked with clients in the East Midlands region, but in her new national role she will be supporting her colleagues and clients in all areas and support businesses in any industrial sector.

“I am very excited about the medium and long-term expansion plans we have for the business,” says Rebecca Ennis. “This is just the beginning, but what a great beginning it is.

“We have such a strong, bright team bringing a vast array of skills to the whole business and, of course, to other businesses that we do and will collaborate with, so I can’t wait for the results to show. As I said when I started at One Stop Business Finance two and a half years ago, and this point is now only stronger, I am very proud to be representing the team.”

Based near York, One Stop Business Finance provides secured loans from its own funding and through its network of finance providers for SME clients who are able to offer security for their debts. The company differs from mainstream banks by working to find tailored solutions for an SME’s particular circumstances, taking clients through a process to identify the most suitable and cost effective options and ensuring that responsible lending is at the heart of what they do.

Alan Markham
PR and marketing consultant with more than 20 years' experience working with B2B clients across the UK. Clients are in a number of industry sectors including construction, glass and glazing, fire protection, professional services, and doors and windows.