With plans to deliver more than £25 million in short-term loans in 2021, Bridge Help has appointed a new Business Development Manager (BDM).
Experienced client manager Katie Snodden joins industry stalwart and fellow BDM Danny Power in building Bridge Help’s loan pipeline through the firm’s broker network. Her appointment reflects the increase in broker interest in Bridge Help’s loan offering.
Katie brings extensive experience in the transport and logistics sector to her new role at Bridge Help. She also previously worked within financial services for a large, chartered accountancy firm in London. Her appointment at Bridge Help signals her return to the financial services sector, which she describes as her ‘first love’.
She explained: “I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Financial Services sector and am delighted to return to it, now bringing my client management experience to the role. The logistics and transport industry has a very different culture and environment to Financial Services, however delivering solutions is at the heart of them both and that’s something I get immense job satisfaction from.”
Bridge Help’s flexible working environment attracted Katie to both the role and sector. She added: “The systems and procedures Bridge Help has in place enables me to perform my role equally well in either the office or at home, which is really important to me.
“Work is no longer 9 – 5 and office-based; the pandemic has proven that. If a client wants to speak to me in the evening after they have finished homeschooling and put their children to bed, I absolutely understand that. Flexibility is key and I am delighted to join a firm that recognises this.”
Welcoming her to the firm Chris Sellars, Chief Executive of Bridge Help said: “We are all delighted to have Katie onboard. She joins us at an exciting and busy time. Despite the industry’s worst fears, 2020 was a good year for bridging finance and Bridge Help, with borrowers turning to alternative lenders such as ourselves in order to access capital quickly to make the most of commercial property opportunities presented by the pandemic.”
Katie is the first of a number of appointments Bridge Help plans to make this year as part of the company’s ambitions to achieve a £100 million loan book by 2024.
Last month, the company launched its new co-funding division Bridge Help Ventures which offers returns of up to 12% and quarterly interest payments to people looking for an alternative to stocks and shares. Bridge Help Ventures offers people the opportunity to fund alongside Bridge Help in short-term commercial bridging loans and make attractive returns in a low-risk environment.