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Octopus Real Estate strengthens Manchester team as it continues to grow loan book



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Octopus Real Estate has bolstered its Manchester office with two promotions and a new internal BDM.

The Manchester team — which continues to grow its loan book and broker network in the North — has appointed internal BDM, Kayley Stelfox.

She joins the team from Ultimate Finance where she gained more than six years’ experience in specialist bridging finance. 

Kayley will be responsible for liaising with prospective clients, brokers and underwriters on all aspects of the application process, bringing local knowledge of the market to the role. 

“Welcoming Kayley to the team with her experience in the region complements the team’s strong knowledge of the market,” said Chris Timms, head of sales for the North at Octopus Real Estate (pictured above).

“As our loan book grows, we only expect the team’s headcount to increase.”

The specialist lender has also promoted Steve Bowes and Suparn Sapatnekar to external BDM and senior credit manager respectively. 

Steve joined Octopus Real Estate as an internal business development manager in 2019 and, in his new role, will be responsible for further developing relationships with brokers in the North, as well as helping to write new business.

Suparn has worked at Octopus Real Estate since 2014 and relocated from London to support the opening of the Manchester office last year. 

Having a senior credit manager in the team is expected to provide greater autonomy for the office to make complex lending decisions with an expert based within the region. 

It also assists with the progression and development of junior credit manager, Chris Danks, who was promoted from case manager to a credit position earlier this year. 

“Almost a year on from opening our Manchester office, we’re thrilled to be able to promote three members of the team, as well as bring Kayley on board, as we look to continue to establish ourselves in the North,” added Chris.

“The team has great enthusiasm and strong knowledge of the local market, with Steve, Suparn and Chris typifying both of these qualities."

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