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Independent invoice finance provider Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has announced the addition of two sales professionals - Graham Leaney (pictured left) and Mike Stevens - to its expanding team, in the South West region, as it endeavours to boost support for small to medium sizes enterprises (SMEs).

Commenting on the double appointment, UK Sales Director, Stephen Hand, said: “I am delighted to welcome our two newest additions to the sales team, especially during such an exciting time at BFS. Our business is going from strength to strength thanks to the successful delivery of our 4.0 strategy, our continued focus on delivering for our customers and the family feel that extends throughout BFS, thanks to our 200-year family history.

"Our ability to attract such skilled individuals like Graham and Mike to the team is a testament to the culture, growth and opportunities that are possible when you’re a part of BFS family.

“Welcoming them both to BFS will enable us to continue to support SMEs with our fantastic proposition and a risk appetite that enables us to say yes when others say no. The arrival of both Graham and Mike marks a strengthening of our presence in the South West region and we are excited about the positive impact they are going to have.”

Graham Leaney joins BFS as a Corporate Manager, specialising in loans ranging from £1m-£15m. After a short while away, Leaney returns to BFS and is excited to be supporting as many businesses as possible, focusing on building relationships and supporting BFS customers in the South West of the UK.

Graham Leaney commented, “Having worked in the industry for 20 years, the last nine of which have been spent structuring tailored solutions for clients, I look forward to sharing my experience with businesses across the South West. On the back of a really positive year for BFS, we head into 2024 in a really strong place and I'm keen to get to work and continue to build on that success.”

Joining BFS as a Business Development Manager, Mike Stevens will be supporting SMEs, including those in the construction sector, with their working capital needs. Mike has spent his 13-year career in the banking, finance and technology sectors. Most recently, he worked as Regional Sales Director for Optimum SME Finance, helping small businesses succeed in an incredibly difficult and turbulent market.

On his recent appointment, Mike said, "BFS has a fantastic culture and I already feel part of the family. I am excited about the opportunity to work with such an ambitious team to help grow and develop the South West region. I am passionate about helping SMEs achieve their personal and professional aspirations, and to support them in making educated decisions on whether cashflow finance will be of benefit to their business."