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Joe Quinlan, Managing Director

Riva (UK) Ltd

“The support that Chris provided was enormous and he was by my side every step of the way. I’d never been through an MBO transaction before, but Chris’s experience, calmness and engagement with all parties through the process played a major part in making this deal happen.”

Huw Pendleton, Managing Director

Celtic Holiday Parks

Chris has been an incredible asset to Celtic Holiday Parks over the last two years.  He led on the re-finance of our business with HSBC, securing the funding to develop our parks and grow our business.  He has worked really well in developing our team, putting in place tools to support sustainable growth and providing wise counsel to me throughout.  I look forward to working with Chris & SME Finance for many years to come and highly recommend the services they offer.

Joe Pace, Commercial Director


“SME Finance Partners recently worked with us, performing Financial Due Diligence on our business plans and helping us to secure the funding needed for a major new contract.  They quickly understood our business, worked effectively & efficiently with our team, and gave our funders the financial insight needed to get the deal done”.

Jem Skelding, Managing Director


Darren and Chris at SME Finance Partners have been a great support over several years. They have helped us with a broad range of activities including temporary filling of senior finance roles, restructuring of reporting and MI, international VAT reporting, putting together business plans and applications for finance and providing board level perspective on the financial structure and management of our business.

Professionally they have always proven themselves to be very knowledgeable and willing to really get under the bonnet of the business to understand and help address our needs. Personally they are friendly, reliable and very easy to work with. I can say that it has been a pleasure and a great benefit working with them and I have no doubt we will continue to look to them for support for many years to come.

John Procter, Managing Director

Procter Brothers Ltd

“We were embarking on a Management Buy Out and were introduced to Chris at SME Finance Partners.  Chris listened to our plans and what we wanted to achieve and brought in his colleague Neil Paramore who led our team through the entire MBO process.  Neil helped secure £2m of funding, led on the share purchase agreement and his experience and calm presence guided us throughout.  Without this support I know we wouldn’t have been in the strong position we are now in, so thank you for all your help”

Julie Haynes, Managing Director, Industrial Services Division

Hargreaves Services

“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 over the past 2 years which in turn has facilitated significant organisational growth and aided its strategic development to a maturing business.

It has been a pleasure working with Julian who continually shows a genuine care for the business and who’s understanding for the local culture and business drivers has been invaluable to me and the local team.”

Kate Methuen-Ley, Co-founder

Tiger Cardiff Ltd

As a local SME we always wanted to create in house roles rather than outsource, but with finance that was harder than anticipated.  We engaged with SME Finance Partners, and our part time FD Chris, has provided experience and expertise giving us confidence that our finance function is in safe hands.  Having that confidence that key finance deliverables like cash flow are being looked after is very important to us.  Chris has also helped to develop, nurture and mentor our finance apprentice Olivia, giving her opportunities and guidance to grow her knowledge and experience


Nigel Jones, Managing Director

AG Leer

I’d like to give a big thanks to the team at SME Finance Partners for the excellent work they’ve done recently.  We were looking to secure additional funding from our bank, who required detailed financial information to support our funding request.  This was done quickly and efficiently and in just a couple of days you provided great insight as to how as a company we could improve our cash flow and profitability.  I’m really grateful for the support provided, you’ve been a big help to me and my business.

Roland Llewellin, Managing Director


Genpower has experienced exceptional growth in recent years, but as an importer and distributor of Hyundai machinery, we were affected by the sudden fall in exchange rates after Brexit.  Chris Thomas from SME Finance Partners was introduced to us and he’s been a massive help, guiding us through a period of change, making improvements on the financial side of our business and securing the funding to allow us to grow to the next level.

Alan Petersen, Business Owner

AE Petersen Pharmacies

I engaged with SME Finance Partners to help with the sale of my business in May 2015.  I found the help provided by my project FD, Alan Williams, to be invaluable in dealing with the due diligence and business sale process.  The financial projections produced were clear and accurate and vital in managing the pre and post-sale period.  The work was carried out to an extremely high standard and formed an integral part in achieving a successful outcome, and this was appreciated by both sides of the transaction.

Chris Stephens, Group Financial Director

Newmor Ltd

Newmor has been engaged with Cliff Gapper of SME Finance Partners since 2014, and during this period the Non-Executive guidance that Cliff has provided has been hugely valuable.  Cliff has brought considerable experience and expertise to the Board and has been instrumental in reorganising and consolidating our manufacturing facilities into a new site. During this period of change, the business has managed growth in sales and profitability, and Cliff has played a significant role in our success.

Sean Mullins, Director


As a growing business we don’t need a full time Finance Director, but we like the flexibility that SME Finance can provide in terms of resource and expertise on a monthly basis.  Our part time FD works well with our Accounts Manager, providing support, guidance and clear management information to help our continued growth.

Gerry Huitson, Director

Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited

SME Finance Partners helped Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited from October 2014 following the sudden departure of our Finance Director.  Chris Thomas stepped in as our FD at a hugely difficult time when the business was facing the threat of immediate insolvency, and he worked with the Directors and our legal advisors to formulate a “Managed Closure Plan” for the business. This originally involved a Commercial Loan and latterly State Aid funding from UK Government.  This successfully avoided immediate insolvency, allowed mining to continue until June 2015 when production ceased, and allowed for the orderly closure of the business.  Chris dealt with complex matters and managed relations with key stakeholders and advised the Board with integrity, honesty and a great deal of professionalism.

Dr Gareth Jones, CEO


Working with Chris Thomas of SME Finance Partners has been a delight. He has provided an expert consistent approach to helping me as an SME business owner to successful understand the key financial aspects of our business. Calm, knowledgeable and supportive he is a pleasure to work with through difficult and good times alike.