Ultimate Finance has appointed three executives to its London and south-east sales team, all of whom covered positions within Independent Growth Finance (IGF).

Nick Haggitt, head of sales for the region, started his career in 1999 as sales manager at Bibby Financial Services. He covered a number of positions within invoice finance before becoming director of IGF from 2009 until last year. Before joining Ultimate, he was in charge of new business origination at Paragon Business Finance.

Matthew Taylor was appointed senior regional director. He entered the industry in 2004 as business development manager for London and the south at ABN Amro. He then held positions at Royal Bank of Scotland Commercial Services and Innovation Finance before spending almost five years as regional director and invoice finance specialist at IGF.

Chris Mitcham, regional sales director, started out as invoice finance manager in 2000 at Abbey National (now Santander UK). He then moved on to Close Brothers Invoice Finance and Skipton Business Finance. Before joining Ultimate, he spent a year as regional sales director for the home counties.

Ron Robson, chief executive at Ultimate Finance, said: “A third of all SMEs in the UK are located in London and the south-east and it’s vitally important companies in the area are given the support needed to not only survive, but thrive in these testing times.

“This is why we’ve invested in three senior appointments within the regional sales team, making sure we further strengthen our offering in the area and continue to deliver the fast and flexible funding small businesses need. I’m proud to see just how passionate they are about joining us on the Ultimate Finance journey.”

Ultimate Finance was acquired by investment company Tavistock in 2015. Earlier this year, the Ultimate brand absorbed all products under the Ashley Finance business, which the former acquired in 2010.