UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, has strengthened its regional team of specialist export finance advisers with the addition of nine key appointments.
The new additions to UKEF’s team will provide businesses that export, or want to export, with local access to specialist information on solving the financial challenges involved in selling overseas, including issues such as obtaining credit insurance to protect their business while they take advantage of international sales opportunities. Export finance advisers are also the primary point of contact for exporters seeking to access UKEF’s range of government -backed guarantees and insurance products.
Joining UKEF’s team are six export finance advisers, together with an additional three advisers who will specialise in providing information to medium-sized businesses (MSBs). Team members all combine their understanding of local businesses with specialist knowledge of the financial challenges facing UK exporters. The new recruits bring the number of UKEF advisers to 23 of the planned expansion to 24 embarked upon earlier in the year. They are:
Export finance advisers:
- James Bowker: East Sussex, Kent & West Sussex
- Carol Harvey: Scotland
- Anne Lockett: the Black Country, Herefordhshire, Shropshire & Worcestershire
- Johanna McSweeney: Northamptonshire
- Archana Singh: London West
- Paul Wright: East Greater Manchester, N. Yorkshire & W.Yorkshire
- Jon Boyce, MSB adviser North
- Paul Callin, MSB adviser, Midlands, West & Wales
- Ian Wallace, MSB adviser, South
Commenting on the expansion of its regional network, UKEF’s Paul Croucher, said:
We support businesses of all sizes and supplement the financial support available to exporters from the commercial sector. Having that specialist understanding locally based, where growing businesses can quickly access it is what can help make exports happen.
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Notes for Editors
UK Export Finance – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance – is the UK’s export credit agency. It supports long term economic growth and competitiveness by complementing the private market with insurance for exporters, loan guarantees to banks, and support for and provision of loans to overseas buyers of UK goods and services.
Sectors in which UKEF has supported exports include: aerospace, petrochemicals, construction, oil and gas, mining and metals, telecommunications, and transport.
UKEF has a regional network of Export Finance Advisers supporting export businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-regional-export-finance-advisors
UKEF supports exporters with a range of products that include:
- Bond insurance policy
- Bond support scheme
- Buyer & supplier credit financing facility
- Direct lending facility
- Export insurance policy
- Export refinancing facility
- Export working capital scheme
- Letter of credit guarantee scheme
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