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Delighted to join ABL Business as Non Exec Director

ABL Press Release:

Former Handelsbanken UK chief operating officer Andy Copsey has joined commercial finance consultancy ABL Business as non-executive director.

Copsey, who began his career at Yorkshire Bank, joined Handelsbanken UK in 2001 and served as chief operating officer for the local relationship bank from 2010 to 2019.

Copsey said: “I am delighted to be joining ABL at a time when the UK commercial finance and banking market is changing quickly, and businesses are increasingly seeking commercial finance consultancy that is independent of lenders.

“ABL’s ISO9001-accredited finance discovery and delivery process, combined with its laser-sharp focus on maximising face-to-face relationships to structure complex or gap debt finance facilities, means the company is perfectly placed to meet the growing need from UK SMEs for truly independent commercial finance advice.

Alex Beardsley, joint managing director at ABL Business, added: “Andy’s appointment comes at an important time for ABL as we look to grow further by helping SMEs to access finance in an increasingly fragmented market brought about by the pandemic.

“A recent study by the British Business Bank found 68% of the UK’s small and medium-size businesses were unaware of the finance options available to them, and that access to finance was one of their greatest barriers to growth.

“However, there has never been more available funding in the UK for businesses looking to grow, and while there are many alternatives to achieve the same outcome, businesses and their advisors no longer know where to go to access this information. ABL is here to change that.”

Mr Copsey concluded: “I believe ABL’s business proposition gives business owners and advisors an independent view of the complex commercial funding environment, which enables them to make informed choices.

“This delivers real value to businesses, and thus to the UK economy, while fulfilling a crucial market requirement that is getting greater by the day – all based on sound principles that focus on customer outcomes.”

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