"We consider the Midlands to be a key area of growth for us, and we’ve gained a lot of traction in the region over the last few months."
Peer-to-peer lender Assetz Capital and short-term property finance specialist Signature Private Finance have both expanded their sales teams in the Midlands.
Luke Carter will join Assetz as a senior relationship manager. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at RBS as a senior relationship manager in the Midlands region.
Dan Parry joins Signature as a BDM in the Midlands, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry
Luke Carter said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Assetz Capital. The firm has quickly established itself as one of the leading peer-to-peer lenders in the country, with almost £650m lent to businesses across the UK. The broad client base and ability to make decisions quickly attracted me to the role, and I’m looking forward to helping boost the local economy by supporting businesses in the Midlands region.”
Damien Druce, director at Assetz Capital, commented: “We consider the Midlands to be a key area of growth for us, and we’ve gained a lot of traction in the region over the last few months. With this in mind, it is important that we continue to add talent to our growing team so we can support an even greater number of businesses in the area. Luke’s knowledge of the local market, and his ability to execute deals makes him a great addition to the firm.”
Dan Parry said: “This is a good move for me personally and one I believe offers Signature what it needs as it continues to grow and seek new challenges in the short-term property finance sector.
“I hope to build further on Signature’s growing reputation for working hard to find ways to lend, rather than turn deals down. If the deal fits the criteria, the decision will be made quickly and efficiently, which can only enhance my relationship with the brokers and developers I serve.
“It’s a good time to join and I believe my experience will help the business achieve its targets in 2018 and beyond.”
Signature's CEO, Tony Gilbertson, added: “This is another good appointment for Signature. It demonstrates the business we are building can attract individuals of Dan’s calibre, who recognise not only our ambition, but our ability to exceed expectation.
“We have grown our business significantly in a relatively short time and have become the short-term lender of choice for many property professionals and their brokers. But our success relies on the strength of the team delivering our service, which is why we recruit experience like Dan’s.
“The market remains competitive and while low rates and high LTVs attract interest, it is the speed and consistency of decision making when deals are brought to us that gets them over the line. With the team we have and our commitment to service quality, I’m convinced we have the edge.”