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Best UK Growth Fund: Close Brothers Regional Growth Fund (RGF) Asset Purchase Scheme

Close Brothers is a leading UK merchant banking group, providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services, and securities trading. We spoke to CEO Mike Randall, who provided us with a fascinating insight into the company and the services it provides.

Company: Close Brothers Name: Mike Randall Email: Web: Address: Wimbledon Bridge House, 1 Hartfield Road, London, SW19 3RU Phone: +44 020 8339 4949

We are delighted to have been awarded the Best UK Growth Fund: Close Brothers Regional Growth Fund (RGF) Asset Purchase Scheme, which is recognition of our teams’ hard work and dedication in providing high quality products for our customers. As one of the leading players in the UK asset finance market (with a loan book of around £1.5bn), we pride ourselves on the strength of our customer relationships and our values-driven culture. This culture informs our decision-making at all levels, firmly placing our customers at the very centre of our business. Six years ago we stopped the business for a day to give everyone the opportunity to help define and input to our Vision and Values. Today, we are reaping the rewards of this bottom-up approach through high levels of employee satisfaction and one of the highest Net Promoter Scores in the financial services industry. Back in 1987, we started with the aim of shaking up the traditional lending model of finance houses, and to a large extent we’ve achieved this goal in what is now the fastest growing finance option on the market. Today, we have offices across the UK and Ireland, operating in a wide variety of markets, including transport; manufacturing; print; agriculture; broking; dentistry and recycling. The firm offers a wide variety of services including: hire purchase; sale and HP back; refinancing; finance lease and operating lease. This wide variety of services ensures that we are able to fully support our clients. Ultimately, we see ourselves as the champion of SMEs, offering sustainable funding that enables a business to purchase or refinance capital equipment, ranging from commercial vehicles and print machinery to construction and plant. With our expert knowledge of the sectors in which we operate, we are able to provide a level of flexibility and adaption that many others simply cannot. For instance, we have a strong, but sensible, approach to risk – each case is taken on its own merit and assessed according to a number of key criteria.


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International Fund 2016 awards supplement  

International Fund 2016 awards supplement