First Financial’s Partners and Staff strive to provide clients with finance solutions tailor made to each customers specific business needs. We have key relationships with all the major funders which enables us, not to only provide you with an excellent service, but access to the most competitive rates on the market. Your dedicated account Manager will match your business with the correct funding partner ensuring we secure you the best finance solution available. We pride ourselves on providing customers with expert advice year after year.
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Lionel Blackledge is one of the most experienced Asset Based Lending intermediaries in the UK. After a career as a Business Manager with Nat West Bank which gave him hands on experience with the needs of business clients – Lionel moved onto a senior role within a major accountancy practice. This role involved Lionel working with a whole range of businesses and advising them on securing the most appropriate working capital facilities . His broad experience in the Asset Based Lending arena enables him to address business funding issues. In more recent times, Lionel has specialised in advising a large number of Asset Based Lenders in respect of deal origination, deal structure and on recovery options.
Gareth Connor attended Sheffield University before starting his career with a major insurance company. After moving to London he then began a role working with a successful business finance broker. His ability to deliver well tailored invoice finance solutions then led to him joining the First Financial team. Gareth is a key relationship holder to all our funders and clients. His experience in the invoice finance field ensures that every customer receives the full benefits of working with First Financial.