Strategic Funding

Strategic Funding (SF) was set up nine years ago by Paul Barnsley. Paul has spent 30 years working in the banking and finance industry. He worked for Midland Bank for a number of years before moving into the asset finance industry with General Guarantee Corp Ltd. Finally, before setting up SF, he spent 11 years working for a niche funder Premium Credit Ltd, which specialised in funding insurance premiums.

The primary aim of SF is to provide a finance broking service to clients who are in need of a finance solution. SF focuses purely on commercial funding requirements for the SME market. The majority of the business it helps relate to commercial mortgages, development finance, asset finance and factoring/invoice discounting products. Over this period Paul has developed a number of funding lines through both his banking and asset finance connections. Many deals that he has seen have not been straightforward and he has needed to utilise all of his skills and knowledge of the industry to help structure a deal that both a financial institution and the client are happy with. Numerous clients have benefited from the contacts that he has made and have found the funding solution they required.

Paul was also involved in the setting up of a new franchise operation in the UK for the Interface Financial Group, which provided a “spot factoring” service to SMEs. This again is a niche product which benefited a number of clients over the three years in which he was involved.

Paul is not afraid of new and exciting forms of finance in order to help clients, hence his role now as a Sponsor for ThinCats.

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