New recruits join Advantedge, Ortus and Time Finance

Advantedge Commercial Finance, Ortus Secured Finance and Time Finance have bolstered their teams.

Advantedge Commercial Finance

Advantedge Commercial Finance has appointed James Cresswell as regional managing director for the Midlands.

In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the continued growth and development of the firm’s presence in the region.

James has over two decades of experience working in commercial finance, having held various roles at Aldermore and, most recently, Barclays, where he was a regional business manager.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Advantedge.

“Its commitment to delivering a locally based operation was attractive, but its strong commercial perspective, access to large funding pools and commitment to delivering a straightforward service that meets clients’ expectations was impossible to ignore. 

“With the mainstream lenders lacking the desire to support SMEs, I am determined to give them access to the funding solutions their businesses need.   

“I am passionate about the benefits that invoice finance can deliver, as unlike other forms of finance, it is aligned to the real time performance of a business and can generate the cash required to drive growth.  

“With funding facilities available up to £2m, I am looking forward to supporting Midland firms and their growth aspirations.”

David Tilling, CEO at Advantedge Commercial Finance, added: “We are delighted that James has joined the team.  

“He brings a solid reputation, having worked with businesses in the region for his whole career.  

“He has a deeply engrained ethos of delivering the best in client service and is the right person to drive on the next phase of our Midlands strategy.  

“While firms still face challenges, they are focussing on their business growth and we are here to facilitate that.  

“Ensuring that they have the funding available to make these plans happen is crucial if they are to continue to capitalise on the opportunities that arise.”

Ortus Secured Finance

Ortus Secured Finance has appointed Anna Gibbons as an internal BDM for its London office.

In her new role, she will work with a portfolio of existing Ortus broker relationships, as well as seek to build new partnerships.

Anna joins the company from Lendhub, where she worked as a business development executive.

Prior to this, she spent three years working at Fleet Mortgages.

"I am so pleased to be joining Ortus, especially during the current climate, and to be in a role that I can make my own and learn a new area of lending,” said Anna.

“Ortus has a great reputation in the market as being a lender who can adapt to most situations and challenges.”

Jon Salisbury, managing director at Ortus, added: "We are delighted to welcome Anna to the Ortus team.  

“Demand from our broker community remains really strong and it's vital that we have colleagues with the right experience to deliver exceptional service.”

Time Finance

Time Finance has appointed Lauren Maloney as a BDM for its invoice finance team.

In hew new role, she will be responsible for building and maintaining introducer relations in the Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire regions, helping their clients receive the funding needed to fuel investment and growth.

Lauren has over 14 years of experience working within the financial services sector, having held various roles at NatWest, Santander, Bibby Financial Services and, most recently, Newable.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Time Finance,” said Lauren.

“There’s a definite momentum in the market, with investment high on the agenda and many business owners looking for a funding boost to help them to capitalise on new business opportunities in the new year. 

“I’m really looking forward to introducing the company’s invoice finance solutions to my introducers and their clients, as businesses continue to look for supportive funders who can help them work towards their next phase of growth.”

Andy Hume, head of sales for the North at Time Finance, added: “Lauren is a great addition to our team, and we are delighted to have her on board as we continue to expand our presence across the UK.

“As a national sales team, we are committed to delivering valuable and staple finance solutions to businesses who are looking to release additional working capital for innovation and growth. 

“We have ambitious growth objectives to continue enabling UK SMEs to gain easy access to our invoice finance solutions and Lauren will help us in achieving this.”

This follows the appointment of Jake Bebbington as BDM for the firm’s commercial loan team.

Time Finance has also recently renewed its back-to-back facility with RBS Invoice Finance (RBSIF) with an additional £50m, three-year deal.

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