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SME Finance Partners celebrate five years of growth

25th June 2018

June 2018 marks a successful 5-year milestone for South Wales based financial management consultancy SME Finance Partners.

SME Finance Partners was founded in 2013 by Chris Thomas and Darren Edwards, who had progressed as Finance Directors in their respective 20-year finance careers in industry.  Having both worked for large blue chip companies, they could see that small and medium sized business owners needed the skills and experience of a Finance Director but on a flexible, part time or project basis.  This gap in the market is where the concept of SME Finance Partners first began.

SME 5 year one

“We started off with just one client and people thought we were taking a huge risk, leaving well paid secure jobs.  But we could see that businesses were moving towards more flexible ways of working, bringing in expertise as and when they need it, and we’ve never looked back.  Our first client is still with us today which is a testimony to the service that we provide, and this year we will have worked with over 30 businesses, so we’ve come a long way over the five years.”

Building on their early success, Julian Evans joined the team as co-director in 2016, having previously held finance roles across the Industrial Services sector.  Since then the team has grown to a total of ten Finance Directors, who work with privately owned or family-owned SME’s on a part time basis, or larger businesses on a project or interim basis.  The majority of businesses that SME Finance Partners have worked with are Welsh based SME’s across a wide range of sectors, but growth is increasingly coming from companies in Bristol, Reading and London.

Chris Thomas added: “We also work with businesses that might be experiencing difficulties, worrying about cash flow and being able to pay the workforce or suppliers.  Our FD’s have experience of these challenges, roll up their sleeves, bringing a fresh perspective to identify the issues and then develop a clear plan to improve the business cash position to get it back on track.”

It’s been a fantastic first five years of growth for SME Finance Partners, helping business owners to achieve their plans and goals.  “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our clients and the business owners that we’ve worked with so far, and to all of the people that have helped us along the way, it’s been a great start of a journey and we look forward to working with them all and others in the coming years,” said Chris Thomas.