North West Sales Appointment
Bibby boosts sales team with Mike Calvert appointment
Experienced deal maker appointed as head of sales for Liverpool
Liverpool based specialist funder; Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has appointed proven deal maker Mike Calvert as its head of sales for the North West, in the hope of increasing its funding support to businesses in the region.
Mike – who has 10 years’ corporate and commercial banking experience – took up his new role at the start of the month and is responsible for heading up the funder’s SME lending teams in Merseyside, North Wales, Staffordshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.
Mike said: “The North West contributes massively to the UK economy and we’re currently providing upwards of £63million in funding to support local businesses.
“I’m delighted with the new role. Bibby Financial Services is the UK’s largest independent invoice finance provider and not only do we have an appetite to lend to businesses; we also have knowledge and expertise to help them to succeed.”
Mike joined the company in 2011 following roles at Close Motor Finance and Lloyds Banking Group. This month, Mike celebrated his 100th invoice finance deal for the specialist business lender.
He added: “The difference between Bibby Financial Services and other funding providers – including the banks - is that we get to know our clients’ businesses and then tailor a funding solution based on this information.
“It’s for this reason that we’re able to make funding decisions quickly to help support SMEs when they need.”
Mike will report into Stephen Johnson who was appointed as Regional Sales Director for the North at the start of the year. Johnson said:
“As a business, we’re growing but the one thing that isn’t changing is our support for SMEs. I’m really pleased with Mike’s appointment. His enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment are a real asset to our team. Furthermore, his experience in commercial and corporate banking is invaluable to the team’s efforts in the North west.”