One Stop Business Finance appoints ex-RBS restructuring specialist to head operations and risk

One Stop Business Finance, the East Yorkshire based alternative funding specialist for SMEs, has strengthened its senior management team to help fulfil its growth plans with the appointment of John Brown as Operations and Risk Director.

Bringing more than 20 years’ experience in the commercial finance market, John takes up his role at One Stop Business Finance after nearly a decade in the restructuring department at Royal Bank of Scotland, prior to which he worked in corporate finance. In his new role, John will work closely with One Stop’s Business Development Managers to minimise risk on new lending and help ensure clients are provided with the funding solutions that best meet their needs.

John joins One Stop Business Finance at a time when it is enjoying strong sustained growth, with its lending book increasing by around 80% year-on-year. This is driven by increased new lending to clients across numerous market sectors, including property development, house building, retail and engineering who require faster decision-making and greater flexibility from their lender.

“I’m delighted to be joining the One Stop Business Finance team and be part of what is set to be an exciting future as the market grows for alternative and innovative methods of business funding,” says John. “With a focus on providing tailored, secured funding to SMEs from a wide range of sources, including from One Stop’s own funds, I’m looking forward to being able to provide our clients with a bespoke solution that larger finance providers are often unable to do.”

Andrew Mackenzie, One Stop Business Finance Managing Director, adds: “Our foundations are built on doing the deals that traditional banks won’t do, for whatever reason, and that ethos remains at our core today. With our talented team now strengthened by John’s appointment, and a UK-wide team of highly experienced Business Development Managers, we have a great depth of expertise that ensures we can be extremely adaptable to client needs and provide funding solutions whatever their situation.”

Based near York, One Stop Business Finance provides secured loans from its own funding and through its network of finance providers for SME clients and 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.