Reward Finance has appointed a development director and portfolio manager for its Manchester offices.

Clive Briggs has joined as north-west business development director. He has a 30-year career in commercial banking and invoice finance, most recently as as corporate finance director at Armstrong Watson and regional sales director at IGF. He also worked at Aldermore and RBS.

Paula Jones has become portfolio manager. She comes from a 20 year career as relationship manager at RBS’s corporate banking division.

Briggs said: “I have known the directors at Reward Finance for many years and I have always admired their ‘can do’ attitude and flexibility when it comes to helping SMEs grow their companies.

“The advantage they have over other lenders is they don’t make SMEs ‘jump through hoops’ before giving them an answer. Instead they quickly get a grasp of the situation and provide the company with a quick decision.

“It really is a refreshing approach and I am looking forward to introducing Reward to my network within the financial sector.”

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Nick Smith, Reward group sales and marketing director, said:

“The fact that Clive and Paula have joined our rapidly expanding team sends out a clear message that we mean business in the North West.

“SMEs are finding it increasingly frustrating when it comes to obtaining finance for their growing businesses. With the team we are building in our Manchester office we can continue to meet the growing demand for a variety of finance options.”