Funding Solutions

Our range of flexible business finance solutions includes Asset Based Lending, Invoice Discounting and Factoring along with Bad Debt Protection.

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Founded on expertise. IGF is a leading independent commercial finance provider with a national presence.

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About us / Team

Our team comprises some of the industry's most experienced commercial finance professionals.

Their expertise and passion for helping companies achieve their ambitions is the driving force behind our business.

You will find our team friendly, approachable and always available to support you every step of the way.

Meet our Team
  • Corporate
  • Commercial Team
    • Matt Cooper
      Chairman

      Matt Cooper currently works as a non-executive chairman and/or director with a range of public and private companies. These include Octopus Capital Ltd, Imaginatik Plc, ClearlySo Ltd, VouchedFor Ltd, Tandem Bank, The National Centre for Circus Arts and IGF Invoice Finance Ltd.

      Matt’s areas of expertise include corporate strategy formulation, brand and marketing and implementation, organisational culture and design, and executive coaching and leadership.

      Previously, Matt was Principal Managing Director of Capital One Bank Europe plc until leaving the company in 2001.

      Originally from New Jersey, Matt graduated first in his class in Chemistry from Princeton University in 1988.

    • John Onslow is an industry veteran and brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chief Executive of the IGF Group. In April 2016, John led the Management Buy Out/Buy In of IGF, and brought with him colleagues to develop the Asset Based Lending side of the business.

      He is a former Chairman of ABFA (The Asset Based Finance Association) and co-founder of Centric Commercial Finance, where he was CEO through to its sale to Shawbrook Bank. Under Shawbrook Bank’s ownership, he was a member of the executive team which ran the bank. Before founding Centric, John was COO of GE Commercial Finance and Deputy Group MD of NMB-Heller.

    • Nick Price
      Chief Financial Officer

      Nick joined IGF in January 2017 and brings considerable experience from his varied career in Financial Services in both Europe and Asia. Having qualified with KPMG he spent many years in Investment Banking with Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Cantor Fitzgerald before joining Close Brothers where his roles included Finance Director for the Commercial Division of the Lending Division the principal businesses of which included Asset Finance, Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending. Most recently he was the Interim CFO for OakNorth Bank. He qualified with a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University.

    • Steve Websdale
      Managing Director, Commercial

      Steve Websdale joined IGF in May 2018 as Managing Director, Commercial. As a member of the IGF Group board of directors, Steve is responsible for the Company’s commercial activities, including Marketing.

      Steve has over 30 years’ experience in commercial finance, with more than 20 years at board level with Alex Lawrie (Lloyds), Capital Bank (Bank of Scotland) and Venture Finance (ABN AMRO).

    • Jon Hughes
      Jon Hughes
      Commercial Director

      Jon joined IGF as part of the acquisition team in April 2016. In his role, he heads the national business development activities for the Group.

      Jon has over 20 years’ experience in both the Invoice Finance and Asset-Based Lending sector. During his career, he has worked for NMB Heller, GE Capital and, latterly, RBS Asset Based Lending. Jon has been involved in deals of all sizes and degrees of complexity in the UK and the US.

    • Matthew Smith
      Head of Risk

      Matthew’s career began in underwriting, and he has worked in invoice finance since 1999. A member of the Institute of Credit, he joined IGF from Bibby Factors, where he was Head of Operations in Sussex. At IGF, he is responsible for overseeing operational risks and procedures.

    • Simon Jacobs
      Head of Portfolio

      Simon joined in October 2016 to develop and manage the Group’s client portfolio. Simon has been in the invoice finance and ABL sector for over 20 years working for NMB-Heller, GE Capital and Centric Commercial Finance (now Shawbrook).

      Simon has a wide range of experience having worked with SME’s across various sectors through changing business cycles.

    • Stephen Moore
      Head of Finance

      Stephen is a qualified Chartered Accountant and manages the Finance and Treasury functions in IGF.

      After working in the Asset Based Lending sector for 8 years with NMB-Heller, Stephen has worked for many years in senior finance roles in Financial Services, initially with RBS Insurance and then with a private equity backed Life Insurance company, where he successfully led a team through a period of rapid growth and change, ultimately leading to a listing on the London Stock Exchange. He joined IGF as a Consultant following the acquisition in 2016, and was appointed as Head of Finance in May 2017.

    • Jon Hughes
      Jon Hughes
      Commercial Director

      Jon joined IGF as part of the acquisition team in April 2016. In his role, he heads the national business development activities for the Group.

      Jon has over 20 years’ experience in both the Invoice Finance and Asset-Based Lending sector. During his career, he has worked for NMB Heller, GE Capital and, latterly, RBS Asset Based Lending. Jon has been involved in deals of all sizes and degrees of complexity in the UK and the US.

    • Paul Edmeades ABL Head of Underwriting
      Paul Edmeades
      ABL Director

      Paul joined IGF in February 2017 to head up and develop the Underwriting Team for the Group. Having achieved this objective and to support the wider growth aspirations of IGF he agreed in April 2018 to transition into a Commercial role and is now responsible for all new business activity across the Midlands region, where he has lived for the last 13 years.

      Key areas of commercial expertise include structuring and delivering ABL facilities for event driven opportunities, including MBO’s/MBI’s, acquisitions, refinances for growth and turnaround.

      Paul has over 20 years experience in the Asset Based Lending industry and has held senior Risk, Portfolio and Commercial roles, most recently with Shawbrook Bank but also with GE Capital and NMB Heller.

    • Jeff Greenfield
      ABL Director

      Jeff joined IGF in July 2016. He is the ABL Director for North London & Home Counties, and responsible for business development in that area. Jeff has been in the Asset Based Lending sector for 16 years. During this time, he has worked for various banks and independent providers including Five Arrows Commercial Finance, Centric Commercial Finance, and Close Brothers Commercial Finance.

      Jeff is experienced in working on deals of all sizes and types, including Management Buy Outs, Management Buy Ins, acquisition, refinance, and turnaround.

    • Richard Spielbichler
      ABL Director

      Richard joined IGF in August 2016 to lead our business development activity for the North of England. Before this, Richard was with GE Capital’s Asset Based Lending business for 12 years. He has also worked in business development roles within the Bank and Asset-Based Lending functions of RBS Group.

      Richard is an Asset Based Lending professional with more than 20 years’ experience helping companies grow using bespoke funding solutions that increase working capital. These include Management Buy Outs, acquisitions, turnaround finance and refinance.

    • Mike Fletcher ABL Director IGF
      Mike Fletcher
      ABL Director

      Mike is an experienced Asset based Lender, who has held roles in both Business Development and Portfolio Relationship Management. He is proficient at structuring ABL facilities and delivering event-driven transactions to UK SME’s with revenues of more than £1million.

      Mike’s career to date has been spent working within the independent funding market (non-Bank) where clarity, maximising liquidity and minimising execution risk is key to our clients and their advisers, especially in time sensitive situations.  

      Previous employment includes Centric Commercial Finance, Shawbrook Business Credit and currently Independent Growth Finance, who provide funding across all asset classes with the ability to offer additional lending in the form of cash flow term loans in the right circumstances.

    • Neil Kindness
      ABL Director

      Neil Joined IGF in June 2018 as an ABL Director. At IGF, Neil will be responsible for developing the Company’s presence in Scotland as it continues to expand its offering throughout the UK.

      Neil has over 30 years’ experience in invoice finance and asset based lending. Most recently Neil was an invoice finance and asset based lending specialist at Santander for over four years. Prior to this, Neil also held senior positions at GMAC, GE Commercial Finance and Landsbanki.

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