Alternative finance specialist Growth Street has announced the appointment of two new business development professionals as the firm targets significant growth in 2019.
Rob Kelly has been appointed as head of sales (South), and Rhys Price joins the company as business development manager (North). Rob will work from Growth Street’s London headquarters, while Rhys will expand Growth Street’s presence in the North West, working from Liverpool.
Rob brings almost 30 years of experience in SME finance to the Growth Street team. Having started his career at Barclays, Rob has worked in leadership roles at ABN AMRO Commercial Finance and Bibby Financial Services. He most recently served as head of sales (UK) for Scottish Pacific Business Finance. Rob’s experience stretches across trade, supply chain and purchase order financing, as well as invoice discounting.
Rob and Rhys will be educating their markets on Growth Street’s flagship business finance product, GrowthLine. GrowthLine works much like a traditional overdraft: within businesses’ limits, they can draw down funds and make repayments as often as they like in a given month. Since launching in 2014, Growth Street has lent out £70m to growing SMEs.
Rob Kelly, Growth Street’s head of sales (South), said:
“Too many high street banks have deprioritised really intelligent support for growing businesses. I’m delighted to have joined Growth Street to support the needs of business owners across the South of England and Wales.
“Growth Street understands the challenges faced by SMEs, and the whole team share my passion for helping British businesses understand their options when it comes to finance.”
Julie Ashmore, Growth Street’s commercial director, said:
“We’re delighted to have welcomed Rob into the team! His experience will help us immensely as we continue to build out our UK-wide team.
“In 2019 we’ll continue building relationships around the country, not just with business owners but with finance partners like brokers and accountants. Rob’s experience will enhance our offering and help us support more SMEs nationwide.”