Business lender opens Sheffield office due to ‘dynamic economy’

A business lender has opened in Sheffield due to its “incredibly dynamic” economy.

Tuesday, 19th February 2019, 6:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th February 2019, 6:22 am
Damon Walford, Chief Development Officer, ThinCats

ThinCats, a ‘fintech’ lender, says it is targeting mid-sized SMEs in Sheffield and Yorkshire with a £50m funding programme.

The new office will also be the base for new recruit Mike Hackett who, as head of sales, will lead the business development team across the UK.

Founded in 2011, ThinCats recently announced funding agreements with global asset manager Insight Investment and BAE Systems Pensions.

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It now has capital of £800 million for the funding of UK SMEs across the ‘full risk spectrum’ in all regions and sectors from £250,000 to £10 million.

Damon Walford, chief development officer at ThinCats, said: “The Sheffield economy is incredibly dynamic as it transitions from its traditional manufacturing heritage to new industries.

“Our data shows that the city is behind only London and Birmingham in having the highest number of companies likely to need funding over the next 12 months.

“Sheffield also has a higher proportion of high growth companies than the UK average. In our mission to help UK businesses secure the funding they need to grow, we want to be fully immersed in the local business community.

“I am delighted to have Mike on board. He brings great experience and Sheffield is an ideal place from which to lead our UK sales team.”

Mike Hackett has more than 22 years’ experience in banking and corporate finance. He previously led the RBS trading, real estate and healthcare team across Yorkshire and Humberside. Prior to this he was head of business development for Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking across the North.

Mr Hackett said: “I am delighted to be joining.”