Independent Growth Finance (IGF), a UK-wide commercial finance provider, has appointed Matt Shepherd as commercial director.

Shepherd has nearly 20 years’ experience in finance with a focus on business development and asset-based lending.

Shepherd is a former UK head of business development and client management for the ABL division at CYBG (previously Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank).

Shepherd also has eight years’ experience heading up business development for RBS Invoice Finance in London and the South East.

In his new role, IGF said Shepherd will be focused on helping the team reach a wider audience across the whole of the UK. His remit will include helping the sales team to deliver more as well as developing new regional markets for IGF.

Shepherd will be working alongside Jon Hughes, senior director of IGF, who will now focus on strengthening the company’s presence in London, particularly within the private equity and debt advisory communities.

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Shepherd said: “I’m looking forward to increasing IGF’s national presence and the continued growth of the sales team.”

John Onslow, CEO of IGF, said: “We’ve had another strong year of growth and we’re confident in the outlook for 2020. Matt’s experience in strengthening high-performance teams is one of the reasons we brought him in. He delivers high-quality solutions and has a wealth of leadership knowledge.”

IGF has been funding the growth aspirations of UK businesses since 1997. The company works with businesses with a turnover of £1 million to £100 million with finance provided predominately on a secured basis against receivables, inventory, plant & machinery and property. The company is registered at Kingsgate, High Street, Redhill, England, RH1 1SG.