Yorkshire-based 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.

Ideally suited skills and experience

The new additions to the OSBF team bring a diverse range of expertise and experience that reflects the varied client base it serves.

Sarah Aylward is an experienced sales professional, primarily in the advertising and legal sectors. She has a passion for travel and holidays and admits she is a ‘big foodie’ who likes nothing better than a good walk with her husband, especially one with a dog friendly pub at the end!

“It’s great to be part of a company that values individual clients as exactly that – individuals,” says Sarah. “And refreshing to be part of a team with a great culture which takes the time to listen to a client’s needs and tailor a solution.”

It is a view echoed by Steve Norton, who brings 33 years’ experience in financial services to One Stop Business Finance, including as a NatWest Bank manager followed by time as an asset finance broker and later an asset finance lender. In addition to enjoying spending quality time with his wife, children and grandchild, Steve is a keen golfer and Lincoln City season ticket holder, as well as an award-winning fundraiser.

Finally, Kelly West, who also brings experience from one of the major banks, is a big ‘people person’ who enjoys speaking and getting to know new people and building rapport. She previously worked for Santander as a business relationship manager, where she helped businesses with their banking and financial needs, prior to which she was in personal banking.

East Yorkshire based One Stop Business Finance has extensive experience of financing across all sectors, providing secured loans from its own funding. 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.

To find out more visit www.osbf.co.uk.