Amicus Finance has opened an office on Princess Street in Manchester to expand its presence across the North of the UK.

The Manchester office will provide SME lending, working capital solutions and short term property loans through its three divisions, Norton Folgate, Amicus Commercial Finance and Amicus Property Finance, the latter relocating from its existing regional offices in Preston.                                       

John Jenkins, chief executive officer at Amicus, said: “We are delighted to be able to cement our business in the North. Small businesses are increasingly turning to specialist lenders who have the local knowledge and skills to understand their specific needs.  Having built a strong business base from our property lending expertise we have significantly broadened our proposition into other areas of specialist lending.”

Amicus’ Manchester office will initially employ 20 staff and the company expects to expand its headcount over 2017.

John Wilde, managing director at Amicus Commercial Finance, said: “Manchester is a significant regional business hub and represents the first step on our journey to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients and to our intermediary partners on a local basis.  Our presence in Manchester will be led by Sean Thomson who is well known across the wider Manchester business community. This expansion supports our commitment to providing solutions-focussed, old fashioned relationship values underpinned by state-of-the-art technology.”

Robert Keep, managing director at Norton Folgate, said: “We have an incredible opportunity in the North to further develop and establish Amicus as the independent lender of choice and this will be achieved by servicing the local business community and providing them with efficient access to funding. Manchester has an extensive and established network of businesses and intermediaries alike and is the obvious choice for Amicus within the region.”