Independent Growth Finance (IGF), a leading independent commercial finance provider, appoints Matt Shepherd as Commercial Director. Matt comes to IGF with nearly 20 years experience in finance, with a focus on business development and asset based lending.

As former UK Head of Business Development and Client Management for the ABL division at CYBG, previously Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, Matt brings with him a wealth of ABL knowledge. Prior to that, Matt spent eight years heading up Business Development for RBS Invoice Finance in London and the South East.

As IGF continues to back ambitious UK SMEs, Matt 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.

Matt 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.

Matt Shepherd commented: “I’ve been incredibly impressed by the partnership, speed of delivery and flexibility IGF provides in order for its clients to grow. I’m looking forward to increasing IGF’s national presence and the continued growth of the sales team.”

John Onslow, CEO of IGF, added: “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.