Henry Howard Finance is expanding its network of account managers in the Midlands in response to increasing demand.

Ian Kavanagh and Aaron Khatkar will work alongside existing asset finance account manager for the Midlands, Paul Bedi, to provide SME finance in the region.

Matt Jones, head of asset finance at Henry Howard Finance, said: “In the past 12 months we’ve been taking on more account managers around the UK in response to an even greater need for bespoke and face to face SME financial solutions, with new members joining nationwide.

“In the Midlands, Ian and Aaron will help existing asset finance manager Paul Bedi build on the fantastic achievements he has already made regionally in supporting a wide range of businesses to realise a whole host of expansion plans.”

“We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Ian and Aaron into the Henry Howard Finance family and as a company to be expanding our offering ‘on the ground’ generally to support SMEs in more areas of the UK than we ever have before,” Matt added.

Established in 1996, Henry Howard Finance has 130 staff and said it had supplied over 30,000 businesses with asset, vendor or retail finance.

With a background in equipment finance, Kavanagh is bringing previous knowledge of the UK banking sector to the team, most recently working with HSBC. Kavanagh said: “My work to date has largely involved mainstream banking organisations, so to be joining one of the largest independent finance houses in the UK is hugely exciting for me.”

Before joining Henry Howard Finance, Khatkar also worked in the mainstream banking sector for Allied Irish Bank Asset Finance. Khatkar said: ““I’m really looking forward to helping businesses throughout the Midlands who can benefit from the unique offering Henry Howard Finance provides.”

The UK finance provider has also recently expanded its network in Devon, Cornwall, North West England, Bristol, Bath and Manchester.

Last September Henry Howard Finance has made two senior appointments to the vendor finance division, as part of its drive to expand equipment finance offering.

Marie Dunkley has joined Henry Howard Finance as head of vendor, hard asset finance, to create a new vendor-led asset finance stream. She joined from her role of UK sales director for construction, transport and industrial at DLL.