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Ignition drives to expand



Ignition teamIgnition Credit is continuing to expand with the appointment of three new senior members to its team. The company, since its acquisition by Star Asset Finance Group in 2015, has been driving to expand its workforce and extend its geographical reach.

Alan O’Connor (foreground left photo) has relocated to Cornwall to take up the position of Head of Own Book Lending Portfolio. Alan spent many years handling Trade Finance and Risk Management in the automotive sector, working for Landrover Jaguar and Aston Martin. At Ignition he aims to help the Directors and team grow the Own Book and other finance offerings. d surpassing individual customer requirements whilst adding to Ignition Credit's future growth.

Steve Haysom (foreground right) joins Ignition as Business Development Manager. Formerly a Relationship Manager at Lombard, Steve has worked in asset finance for 13 years, with experience in many different sectors from tourism to catering, hauliers to plant hire. Based in Honiton, Steve is well-placed to strengthen Ignition’s offering across the South West, principally supporting businesses across Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Also new to the team, Stuart Berry has been appointed as Broker Manager, joining Ignition’s growing Broker Finance Department.  Stuart began his career in the finance industry 20 years ago, and for the last 11 years has been working specifically in broker management roles, most recently at Shire Leasing.  Based near Manchester, Stuart will be primarily focussing on strengthening Ignition’s broker relationships within the North of the country.

According to Managing Director, Alan Tutte, Ignition has experienced a strong track record of growth in recent years, particularly since its acquisition by Star in 2015.  This has led to several new appointments, with the latest recruits bringing the total number of employees to 19. “The business climate for Ignition is certainly looking bright. Our last financial year was by far our best on record, which we can attribute to a strong and focussed team, who continue to deliver great solutions and customer service to our clients, forging lasting relationships.”

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