"Post Covid, we are expecting an uplift in businesses seeking finance and many won’t know where to turn for financial support, thinking high street banks are the only solution."
Cornerstone Commercial has appointed Ian Pottle as head of complex funding solutions.
Ian, who has over 40 years of experience within the commercial lending sector, will lead in supporting Cornerstone Commercial’s portfolio of larger SMEs, helping to secure larger, complex finance deals.
Ian worked for NatWest for over 40 years, latterly as broker development manager and lending director for Wales and the South West. He joined Cornerstone Commercial back in January last year as operations director, building and implementing systems and processes to support the growth programme across the Cornerstone Group.
In his new role, Ian will oversee all larger funding requests, working alongside the Cornerstone team to understand business needs in the short, medium and longer term, ensuring that any finance deal is structured appropriately. He will personally manage many cases from the outset through to completion.
Cornerstone Commercial is part of the Cornerstone Finance Group, consisting of commercial finance, commercial insurance, wealth, finance and protection.
Ian said: “I am delighted to be moving into this role at Cornerstone. The business is growing substantially and is well placed in sourcing funding solutions for clients.
“Post Covid, we are expecting an uplift in businesses seeking finance and many won’t know where to turn for financial support, thinking high street banks are the only solution. We are here to help, and our job is simple: we work with businesses to understand their ambitions and where there are funding gaps, sourcing appropriate financial products that fill this and helping them to achieve their business goals.
"I am excited to help businesses across Wales and the rest of the UK reset and rise to the challenges of the current market.”
Haydn Thomas, chief commercial officer at Cornerstone Finance Group, said: “Ian’s track record and reputation speaks for itself and we are delighted to have him onboard.
“At Cornerstone, we are well placed to find lending solutions for, often complex, needs of clients. Ian’s expertise and market knowledge will help such businesses take opportunities, as they flourish and help the economy to grow stronger.”