Small business lender Iwoca has announced that Seema Desai has been named Chief Operations Officer (COO). Desai joins a small but growing number of women at C-suite level in the fintech industry. Desai joined iwoca in January 2017 as Head of People, developing Iwoca’s talent and organisational capabilities. Prior to joining Iwoca, Desai led the…

A national team of debt recovery specialists, described as the industry’s “benchmark”, is once again named in the Top Tier of the prestigious Legal 500 guide. The debt recovery team at law firm Clarke Willmott LLP was awarded Tier One status for debt recovery in the South West as well as Tier Two status for…

Anglia UK is ending the year with a third key senior appointment. The credit management, haulage and dealership auditing firm has appointed Claire Mitchell as its new Head of Operations. Mitchell joins the company with some 30 years’ experience in the vehicle finance industry having previously worked at a senior level for Lombard Asset Finance,…

Specialist Bank, Aldermore has published its second report revealing progress against the targets it committed to when signing the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter in 2016. The report reveals an increase in female representation in senior leadership roles, achieving its 30% target ahead of the announced 2020 goal. Aldermore committed to the Charter in…

Paragon has appointed a new Head of Credit Management for its asset finance business. Experienced senior credit professional Anup Sangha will oversee credit decisions at the leading specialist lender, which supports SME businesses and growth in the UK. Sangha is the former Head of Credit for Aldermore’s Asset Finance division has 23 years extensive experience…

Business lender iwoca, has announced an Open Banking partnership which Lloyds Bank. The company becomes the first ever business lender to connect with any of the UK’s nine largest banks under the Open Banking initiative, launched in January 2018. By securely linking their Lloyds Bank data, business owners can now provide iwoca up to five…

Bibby Financial Services (BFS) Specialist Director, Kash Ahmad, has been appointed to the board of the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT). Established in 1935, the IOE&IT is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of those involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Ahmad joined BFS in December 2017, following a…

The Government has announced that retailers across England are in line for a major tax cut over the next two years. Retailers in properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will have a third wiped off the amount of tax they pay through business rates. The change announced in the Budget will cut…

NatWest has announced that Deloitte, Equifax and FreeAgent have signed up as partners to its Entrepreneur Accelerator programme, the UK’s largest fully-funded business accelerator network, with 12 hubs located throughout the country. The three organisations will provide a blend of consultancy and accountancy support, data and SME credit guidance, and SME accounting software to the…

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