ASSETZ CAPITAL has hired former bank finance specialist Samantha Williamson to boost its team of regional relationship directors.
Williamson will supervise the peer-to-peer lending platform’s activities in the South Manchester region.
She previously worked as business development manager at financial independent broker Positive Commercial Finance, helping firms grow through non-traditional finance avenues.
Prior to that, she served as senior real estate manager at Barclays and commercial lending manager at Santander, both posts located in the Manchester area.
“Assetz Capital has its head office in Manchester and as such we know first hand the struggles that local businesses can go through to acquire funding through the more traditional methods,” said the platform’s chief executive Stuart Law.
“The appetite for P2P lending here is growing and Samantha brings a great wealth of knowledge to her role as regional relationship director.”
Having grown its investor base quickly to become the third largest P2P business lending platform in Europe, Assetz Capital is currently sitting on £500m of funds ready to be channelled to small- and medium-sized enterprises across the country, it said.
“It’s going to be an exciting year for Assetz Capital as we continue to grow and Samantha’s experience is invaluable to the team,” said Law.
“I’ve worked for many years supporting SMEs around Manchester and believe Assetz Capital offers a much needed solution for those struggling to acquire finance,” said Williamson.
“My role will be to raise the profile of P2P lending throughout South Manchester and to ensure that businesses which gain funding through Assetz Capital are guided through the process.”