Close Brothers Commercial Finance has appointed four sales directors and an area manager to provide SME asset finance in the Leinster and Munster regions of Ireland.

Pat Buckey, Matthew Dolan, Kenneth Havelin, and Anthony Aylard join Close Brothers as sales directors, boosting the asset finance team to 15 employees. Darren Robinson joins the same team as area manager.

The five new employees have experience across diverse industries, ranging from motor and commercial vehicles, to farming, to technology and engineering.

Close Brothers hopes this wide experience with businesses in Ireland will enable the team to work closely with SMEs for tailored finance packages.

Adrian Madden, head of sales, Close Brothers Commercial Finance said: “Businesses in the Leinster and Munster regions will benefit hugely as we have strengthened our team. I am excited to see the difference that they will make in helping firms to invest in the future,”

Close Brothers stated that their demand for funding continues to increase, and that 60% of Irish firms intend to invest a minimum of €25,000 (£21,393) over the next 12 months.

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Madden added: “At Close Brothers, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to local businesses – and their growth plans – through our award-winning alternative finance solutions.”