BOOST&Co is continuing to grow its regional presence as it appoints Michael Collins to the Yorkshire team as Business Development Manager. The addition comes after a period of significant growth for the business, across the entirety of its UK deal-sourcing team. 

Collins, who was previously at Metro Bank, will be based in Leeds, working alongside Principal Adam Fearnley to drive deal activity in Yorkshire and the North East, helping even more SMEs achieve their funding ambitions. Collins will operate across both BOOST&Co and its sister company, Growth Lending, and will be the first deal-sourcer in the region representing Growth Lending.

After opening its first regional office in Manchester in 2018, BOOST&Co has continued to grow its regional offering and now has offices in Bristol, Reading, Cambridge, Leeds and Birmingham. The appointment of Collins is the second recent regional appointment, following the addition of Becky Blaymires to the Birmingham office, to help drive deal flow in the Midlands. 

Commenting on his appointment, Michael Collins says: “I wanted to join the BOOST&Co team because of its agile and ambitious approach to supporting the UK SME market. I’m really glad to be working for such an innovative company and having the ability to also work with colleagues across the wider Growth Lending Group is a unique opportunity that will enable me to support businesses with both their working and growth capital needs.

“I look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the group, while delivering funding to great, local SMEs and mid-market firms.”

Adam Fearnley, BOOST&Co’s Leeds-based Principal says:The Yorkshire region has seen significant economic growth and benefits from a wealth of high-quality, fast-growing businesses across a range of sectors and is supported by a well-established and experienced M&A community. Given these characteristics, we see the region as being well-aligned to our funding proposition and a key source of deal flow.” 

Ryan Sorby, Head of North and Scotland, opened BOOST&Co’s Manchester office and since then has tripled the size of the north west operations, expanding its reach to encompass Scotland. The expansion of the team in Leeds will help to further grow BOOST&Co’s offering and enable more support for SMEs in the Yorkshire region. 

Commenting on the expansion, Ryan Sorby says: “This is a great collection of high quality individuals with experience, a proven track record and a fantastic attitude. They have a very similar approach, a mindset to challenge and a passion for wanting to support, which is a refreshing change for borrowers in today’s lending market. I can’t wait to see the team take on the responsibility to support the innovative, growing SMEs in the region.”

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