"There is a buzz in the regions among SMEs who see a great opportunity to grow their businesses as we start to recover from the impact of the pandemic."
SME lender, Recognise Bank, has appointed three new business development managers. With a network of regional hubs offering personal service to smaller businesses and brokers, the new joiners will focus on London and the Midlands.
Stuart Benge joins Recognise from Assetz Capital, with a long career in commercial lending, and will focus on the Midlands. Andrew Oppe, who joins from HSBC, will focus on London. The third new recruit is Sam Shooter, who brings a wealth of experience from other areas of financial services.
Jackie Skelt, regional director for London and the Midlands at Recognise, commented: “There is a buzz in the regions among SMEs who see a great opportunity to grow their businesses as we start to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
“As a result, they want to talk to lenders that understand them and don’t treat them as a tick box exercise. This is an exciting time for Recognise, so I am delighted that Stuart, Andrew and Sam are joining us to offer the understanding and expertise that is needed.”
Stuart Benge said: “This is truly a relationship-led sector, so I’m really pleased to be working with a bank that understands the importance of that. I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting with brokers and SMEs.”
Andrew Oppe commented: “SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK economy, a role that is now more important than ever before. I’m passionate about standing up for, helping and supporting smaller businesses, so this is a perfect role for me.”
Sam Shooter added: “This is a great opportunity, and I am delighted to be joining Recognise at a time where we can help make a difference to SMEs across the country.”