John Atkinson takes the helm at Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance
Cashflow finance provider Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance has appointed John Atkinson as its interim managing director following the retirement of the business’ founder Steve Smith.
Having worked within the Hitachi Capital group for over 10 years, including six years as head of commercial business at Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance, John Atkinson will assume his new role on March 31 and has ambitious plans for the firm’s future.
“I’m extremely proud to be taking the lead as we move forward with a fresh and innovative strategy to drive company-wide growth. The business’ priority is, and always will be, supporting our clients in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.”
“It’s a hugely exciting time to be part of the alternative lending marketplace, more and more businesses are moving away from traditional lenders and we’re keen to work with them to capitalise on this increased business confidence and aid in the delivery of new contract wins. Steve has put a monumental amount of work into making the firm what it is today, and I’m keen to build on this further. We now aim to install the infrastructure required to ensure the firm’s sustainable and long-standing success”
Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance was founded by Steve Smith in 1993, and has been a part of the Hitachi Capital group for the past eight years, it employs over 50 staff at its HQ in Telford, as well as having a UK-wide team of business development and client engagement managers.
“It’s been a pleasure seeing the firm grow from its small beginnings to a client turnover of over £900m and I’m extremely thankful to the board and the firm’s talented staff in helping me to make this happen. I feel that now is the right time to pass the baton on to John, who with his passion, enthusiasm and supreme knowledge of the business is perfectly placed to inject new ideas and implement the next stage of the firm’s strategic plans.”