All articles by Hannah Meltzer

Hannah Meltzer

Marie Dunkley of Hitachi wins Sales Director of the Year

Marie Dunkley, head of sales at lessor Hitachi Capital Business Finance, has been named Sales Director of the Year at the National Sales Awards.

Equifax offers income data to lenders

Consumer credit information agency Equifax has launched the Equifax Financial Stability Exchange, a database which will provide consumer lenders with declared and verified income data.

Shoosmiths boosted by returning staff

Law firm Shoosmiths has welcomed back two returning staff members, Stephen Dawson and Natalie Evans, to its financial services and regulatory department.

US equipment finance to reach $740bn pre-recession level

The US leasing market is expected to return to pre-recession levels this year and exceed them in 2013, according the US industry research body, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (ELFF).

SGEF’s Ducholet among latest Leasing Foundation governors

The Leasing Foundation has added eight further governors to its board bringing the total up to 28 since the organisation was launched in July The Foundation, which had its inaugural meeting in September, was created to support the leasing and asset finance industry through research, industry development and education

Shoosmiths places high in Legal 500 ranking

UK legal directory Legal 500 has placed Shoosmiths Recoveries Services Group (RSG) in Tier 1, the top league ranking in the annual guide, for debt recovery in London. Shoosmiths RSG works with lenders as well as corporates and PLCS and its clients include UK and European banks, finance houses, building societies, manufacturer-owned motor finance companies, and independent asset finance and motor finance companies. Waine Mannix, partner and head of Shoosmiths RSG, said the London table was recognised in the legal profession as including the best in the country making it effectively the national ranking.

FLA publishes new briefing for OFT guidance

The UKs Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) has published a new briefing that aims to help lenders and their associates implement the Guidance for Credit Brokers and Intermediaries from the consumer protection agency the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

Tracesmart enhance offering with data from CIFAS

Tracesmart, provider of fraud prevention and investigation software, has joined CIFAS Direct, a not-for-profit membership association, able to supply CIFAS members with enhanced information in assessing risk of fraud. Based in South Wales, the company will operate as a CIFAS Direct Agency, providing access to the CIFAS Portal Service and supplied via Tracesmarts TraceIQ tracing and investigation software

Acquis adds member in new management role

Young lease insurance company Acquis has appointed Matthew Salvage to the newly-created role of Client Manager Salvage previously worked for Lloyds TSB, where he was responsible for developing client relationships within the insurance aggregator market, and has ten years of experience in insurance client management across retail, telephony and E-commerce businesses. In his new role, Salvage will act as a point of contact with the companys client base, assisted by a team which Acquis hopes to build over the next 18 months

D&D hires broker manager, promotes Jerome in expansion drive

Canadian-owned SME lessor D&D Leasing UK Ltd has appointed new BrokerManager Peter Walters to its team, as well as promoting Brian Jerome tothe role of UK Head of Business.Walters has previously worked at Barclays Asset Finance, One WorldLeasing and Alliance & Leicester, before a recent stint working directlywith SMEs delivering “value services outside the asset finance market”.His experience stands him in good stead at D&D which, since beingestablished in January 2009, has focused on smaller ticket transactions,largely in the SME sector.According to new Head of Business Brian Jerome, whose work has recentlytaken on an international element via work with D&D’s Canadian business,the addition of Walters comes as part of the company’s plan to expandits “hands on” business in the next few months.