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Additional hires part of Aldermore’s ongoing drive to increase lending to UK SMEs

Aldermore, Britain’s leading challenger bank, has further strengthened its Asset Finance team with three key hires.

Carey Hansford joins Aldermore’s Structured Finance team as a Business Development Manager from GE Capital. She was at GE for over twenty years, and was most recently a funding manager in their equipment finance department.

Eamonn Pearson becomes Head of Internal Sales at Aldermore. He is joining from Close Brothers, where he was a regional director. Eamonn has over 20 years’ experience in the industry.

Finally, Mandy Woodford moves internally into an external-facing role in the Materials Handling team as Business Development Manager, having been with Aldermore as an internal account manager in this sector for over three years.

These three appointments follow the announcement of three other senior hires into the Asset Finance team just last month. This latest wave is part of Aldermore’s plan to increase its funding of SMEs in Britain to £750m in 2014.

Carl D’Ammassa, Managing Director for Asset Finance at Aldermore comments: "These appointments continue to signal our intent to the marketplace that we will significantly increase our funding to SMEs across the UK. Key to that is to provide even better support to our introducer partners, and I am confident these hires will be a big step towards achieving that.

"Despite recent improvements in the economy, SMEs are still having difficulty in obtaining financing. We are determined to do all we can to change that and have made more than 30 additions to the Asset Finance division at Aldermore in recent months to make this a reality."

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