• Business name Tech Professionals Ltd
  • Location Banbury
  • Sector Recruitment
When our incumbent funder was unable to increase our facility, we approached BFS who were able to offer an extended funding line to support our growth Rob Pattenden, Director, Tech Professionals Ltd

Tech Professionals

Export Finance builds the foundation for success for specialist recruiter

About the company

Tech Professionals Ltd. a technical recruitment company which supplies engineers, technicians and other expert roles across a range of industries, specialising in providing contract staff for off-shore, sub-sea projects such as windfarm construction, power cable laying and underwater robotics testing.

The Banbury-based business was founded by Director Rob Pattenden in 2016, who set up the company following 10 years of experience working in the industry. The young business, now consisting of a team of five, has a global footprint with customers across Europe, China and Indonesia.

The Challenge

Tech Professionals approached BFS to help boost the business’s cashflow position after moving away from its previous funder. Many of the company’s clients are on 60-day payment terms, therefore the business required funding to help bridge the gap between paying contractors and receiving payment from clients.

The Solution

Tech Professionals has a £2.8m annual turnover - having doubled it year on year since its inception. To support the company’s rapid growth trajectory, BFS’s Export Finance team were able to provide a £600,000 funding line, combined with Foreign Exchange services – releasing the working capital needed to support the business’s operations both now and in the future.

Rob Pattenden, Director, Tech Professionals Ltd, commented: “The business is growing quickly so accessing the working capital we need to pursue our plans for expansion is vital. When our incumbent funder was unable to increase our facility, we approached BFS who were able to offer an extended funding line to support our growth. The team have been extremely supportive throughout the process - their personal approach is second to none.

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, while overseas projects have been impacted, we have taken on much more work with our British clients. Our focus right now is on keeping our contractors safe and retaining our existing clients. This fresh injection of funding will enable us push forward with our growth plans in overseas markets once the pandemic has cleared.”

Adrian Payne, Head of Sales Southwest, Bibby Financial Services, said: “Tech Professionals is an exciting young business with impressive growth - having experienced its best month on record in March despite the impact of Covid-19. Rob and his team have a wealth of experience in the sector and we are very happy to be able to support them by providing the funding they need to realise their growth ambitions.”