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SME Finance Partner, Julian Evans, takes our expertise to China

5th October 2018

It’s not often you get to travel to work by boarding a flight to Hong Kong, but Portfolio Finance Director of SME Finance Partners, Julian Evans, takes that trip to work with one of our longstanding clients every six weeks. The UK based Hargreaves Services group delivers key projects in the infrastructure, energy and civil sectors, and has expanded its Asia operations over recent years, providing industrial service and engineering solutions to the key providers such as China Light and Power and Hong Kong Electric.

“It has been a pleasure and great experience to have worked with the senior management team in Hong Kong overseeing the financial and commercial side and helping to drive the business forward over the last 2 years. The business was growing and doing well but it needed additional support and resource to help push it to the next level and further establish itself in the marketplace having grown organically some 7 years ago.

“The core business is built around providing engineering, safe access solution and providing project management to clients in the power and thermal industries. It’s a very fast-paced industry, providing engineering solutions and resources, sometimes at short notice and much of the time is spent working with clientele building strong relationships,” said Julian.

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SME Finance Partners Director, Julian Evans, working with our longstanding client Hargreaves Industrial Services in Hong Kong.

“Building relationships is a hugely important part of day-to-day and business life within Hong Kong and one where loyalty is taken very seriously. Work is built around relationship and key to being continually successful is by building trust and long term synergies through continued innovation and offering new ideas and solutions above and beyond the competitor base.

Julian is the key link between operations and the UK based group. Commenting on the support provided, Julie Haynes, MD of Hargreaves Industrial Services said: “I’ve worked closely with Julian Evans from SME Finance Partners especially in the development of our Asia businesses. Julian has been a fundamental part of the team in providing specialist financial advice and support to our growing businesses in Hong Kong and Malaysia. His support has been instrumental in providing both financial and operational stability which has facilitated significant organisational growth and aided its strategic development to a maturing business.”