Independent Growth Finance (IGF), an independent commercial finance provider, has announced the appointment of John Allbrook as Non-Executive Chairman replacing Matt Cooper, who, during three years as Chairman, helped IGF transition from a small financier to a major independent asset based lender. Since leaving GE Capital in 2004 Allbrook has built an impressive track record…

ICAEW’s has announced its new President for 2019/20 will be Fiona Wilkinson. Wilkinson will use her role to be an ambassador for inclusion in accountancy and to ensure the profession is fit for the future.  Wilkinson has spent her career as an advocate for diversity in the profession, spreading the message that accountancy is inclusive and…

Business advisory and accounting firm Wilkins Kennedy has announced that Mark Barrie, who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the corporate and commercial banking sector, has joined the companyas Director of their banking and finance team across their London and North Thames regions. Barrie will be serving businesses across locations including London, Reading,…

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP, the corporate recovery and insolvency arm of top 20 accountancy firm Kingston Smith, has announced the promotion of Dale Hernon to Director of client services. Hernon is responsible for providing KS&P’s integrated creditor-facing solution, called KS Vision, for anyone suffering a financial loss or facing insolvency. Insolvency can affect any…

Cyber crime is one of the biggest risks to businesses to date and globally its estimated costs will reach $6trillion by 2021 according to a new report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) (ACCA). The association has teamed up with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Macquarie University and Optus to launch the report…

UK SMEs say that economic uncertainty (45%), ongoing digitalisation efforts (41%) and increased competition (37%) are the three biggest challenges facing their organisation in the next two years, according to new research from Robert Half UK. SMEs require strong leadership to navigate this period of change in the next two years, but a significant proportion believe…

Business advisory firm Quantuma has announced that it has appointed Duncan Beat as a partner to its Chelmsford and London offices. Beat is a licensed practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in corporate insolvency matters. He specialises in insolvency claims management; recovery for large banking and financial institutions; and bankruptcy. His corporate insolvency experience spans…

Vehicle credit management specialist,  Anglia UK has announced it has appointed Keith Hayward as its new Sales Director. Hayward brings a wealth of experience in banking and vehicle finance, having spent the majority of his working life within the RBS group. Prior to joining Anglia, he led Lombard’s Wholesale Funding division for 10 years, managing…

Insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor has announced it has promoted Jason Ainge to the position of director in the Yorkshire region. Ainge began his career with Kroll in 2003 and joined Begbies Traynor in Leeds in 2008 as an assistant manager. By 2016, he had been promoted to the position of senior insolvency manager. Jason is…

Trade credit insurer Atradius has announced appointed a new business development manager for its Northern Hub. Chris Williamson joins the Atradius North team as the new SME Business Development Manager, responsible for policy underwriting and developing relationships with the local broker network. He will work alongside colleagues Sally Nolan, Sarah Seddon and Chelcee Witkowski in…

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