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Close Brothers Leasing strengthens team with national Sales Director

Close Brothers Leasing today announced it has appointed a national sales director, James Fletcher, to drive the business’s ambitious growth plans.

James is an internal appointment who has spent four successful years within Close Leasing as Sales Manager. He has many years' experience within the finance industry, both in commercial finance (finance lease, operating lease, hire purchase, sale of receivables, energy performance contracting) and consumer finance (secured loans/mortgages). His experience includes previous roles working for some of the UK’s leading financial institutions.

James said: “I’m delighted to be in the position where I can build on my former role and assist the team in its development so that, together, we can grow the business strategically within our target markets.

“The team at Close Brothers Leasing is extremely talented and passionate about the business and I’m delighted I can be a part of it. The next few years promise to be exciting ones and I’m genuinely looking forward to the team playing a key role in our continued growth and success.”

Martin Stanley, CEO Specialist Asset Finance, added: “We invest heavily in our employees and it’s always rewarding to promote home-grown talent into new positions of responsibility.

“James has a strong grounding in the business and has had the opportunity to form a detailed understanding of our lending appetite and ability to help brokers and their clients to thrive through all economic cycles.”

Close Brothers Leasing

Through a network of trusted intermediaries and brokers, Close Brothers Leasing provides specialist, structured finance to the UK middle ticket market, with transactions typically over £250,000 in value.

This is achieved through a number of areas of financing:

  • Transactions secured against assets that have long-term value and solid resale potential
  • Formulating solutions for non-standard transactions, where a deeper knowledge of the asset plays a large part in understanding the customer's needs and options
  • Considering the health of the business rather than the value of the asset to offer covenant-based lending solutions, where well established businesses demonstrating repayment ability enables the provision of funding for mission critical investments
  • Funding of receivables and refinancing