So what role is Advantedge playing in supporting the Northern Powerhouse?
We believe in putting our clients at the heart of everything we do. Advantedge are investing in increasing our local network to bring a full range of fast and flexible cashflow solutions closer to those businesses looking for funds. Our clients deal with real people and have access to dedicated client managers and local decision makers as well as having access to directors who remain involved in the business to ensure we deliver responsive decisions. We believe in quality and strive to do things well. Our credit control solution focuses on the full ledger not just the greatest exposure ensuring we really do support our clients and save them valuable them which they can use to grow their business. We know how important it is to have certainty of funding in good times and bad so that our clients can continue driving forward with their plans. We also work hard to deliver straight forward and transparent processes to make it easy for our clients to do business with us.
As a national business, Advantedge are experiencing positive momentum and continue to receive positive feedback from our network of introducers and their clients. We were delighted to win the Business Money Introducers Champion Award earlier this year as we become their Funder of Choice. We too are growing with a 33% increase in clients over the last 12 months bringing our client portfolio to 556, who benefit from £58m of funding. We work hard to provide our clients with the certainty of funding they need – in good times and in bad. We have launched a client operational centre in Glasgow which was up and running in October 2017 and are now focused on building our Midlands presence having appointed Paul Stokes who is on a mission to have a fully operational client centre by Q3 2018. This expansion means that we will really deliver a local, flexible and responsive service.
We continue to invest in our team – 74 experienced individuals who are ready to work with you and your clients. We ensure they are well trained and spend time getting to know clients and the challenges they face. Our sales team have increased to 7 to 12 - a 75% increase – as we focus on expand our sales presence to deliver the right funding solution as and when our clients need it.
We have bold plans to continue developing solutions to service our clients growing needs as well as continuing to expand our national presence through regional teams to give SMEs the edge they deserve to support their business growth.