Quantum Funding, an asset finance lender for SMEs, has appointed a broker manager for the south of England.

Kilsey Walker joins to take over from John Ward, who is retiring. Walker was previously head of broker support and new business at Investec Asset Finance Group. Ward has been a member of the Quantum team since 2015.

Paul Cunningham, head of Quantum, said: “We are very pleased to bring Kilsey on board. Her 21 years of experience working and building relationships with brokers will help support our growth ambitions and strategy, as our eye is now firmly on the next £100m. I’d also like to thank John for the significant impact he’s had on Quantum, and wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Quantum offers finance for a range of equipment and supports UK SMEs in acquiring assets. Recent Quantum deals include £460,000 for a Somerset brewery to invest in a new canning line; £34,000 with a staged payment for new office equipment and £42,000 for lighting and camera equipment for a professional photographer. The company has now provided more than £100 million in funding since it launched three years ago.

Cunningham said: “We are proud to have supported SME growth through our close partnerships with more than 200 commercial finance brokers over the last three years. Most importantly, we have an experienced broker support team on hand when help is needed.”

Walker commented: “I’m looking forward to building on Quantum’s success by working closely with our brokers and continuing to provide a first-class personal service.”

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Walker and Ward will work together in the coming months, with Ward’s final day at the company to be 7 September 2018.

Last year Quantum Funding appointed Rob Emmison as broker manager to increase support for brokers in the north of England and Scotland.