Principal Martin King, based in Reading, provides loans for fast-growing SMEs.
What is your role at BOOST&Co?
My role as Principal is to meet great businesses and develop funding solutions to help them achieve their growth ambitions. By focusing on UK SMEs that are seeking to borrow between £1m and £10m, I operate across a segment of the market where additional capital can have a material positive effect on the long-term strategic objectives of the business.
What makes BOOST&Co a leader in this space?
We are backed by a range of financial institutions, enabling us to operate in a fundamentally different way to other lenders. Understanding that every business is different and avoiding a set of tightly defined criteria ensures that we can evaluate each business on its own merits and tailor a facility to suit.
What was your first job?
I watched Top Gun while at college and decided a life in the skies looked like the place to be, so I joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot when I was nineteen years old. The seven months officer training was a great experience and one I will remember for many years – and laid the foundation, in many respects, for my later life when I made the switch into finance.
What appealed to you about working here?
BOOST&Co is one of those rare companies where culture is deeply embedded across the group and is constantly reinforced and challenged by our in-house organisational psychologist, Heather Bingham. We have gone through tremendous growth in my first year, trebling the number of colleagues across the Growth Lending Group – of which BOOST&Co is a part – but what impresses most is our ability to retain and complement our culture which each new joiner.
How do you spend your leisure time?
I’ve just finished an MBA at Henley Business School, which has been a great learning experience. When not head down in a textbook, I can be found long-distance hiking, travelling overseas, sailing, attempting to learn French and the piano – and I’ve just added an allotment to the mix!
What’s on your bucket list?
Buying a sailing yacht and heading off for the world trip of a lifetime (hopefully with my wife on board). The possibility of hitting the open seas and just going wherever you fancy has that feeling of endless possibility.
Given £100m to spend or invest, what’s the first thing you would do?
Buy a bigger sailing yacht and take a seat on the next SpaceX flight into space.