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East Midlands-based Goodman Corporate Finance has expanded its professional sales team with the appointment of former banker Sam Lewis.

Sam has extensive experience in both the traditional banking and alternative funding sectors, with his most recent role being Regional Business Development Director at UK SME finance company ThinCats.

Goodman Corporate Finance offers bespoke financial solutions to small and medium sized UK enterprises, with expertise covering a broad range of services including factoring finance, asset finance, property finance and business consultancy services.

Managing Director Paul Goodman said: “We’re delighted to welcome another experienced finance professional to our team. Sam’s appointment will help ensure we continue to offer the best possible diversity and breadth of financial solutions to our clients, especially in these particularly challenging times.

“Sam has a great skillset ranging from mainstream lending to asset based and cashflow finance. With our contacts and extensive panel of lenders he will be able to deliver unique solutions to our clients, calling on funders from across the market.”

Sam, based in Leicestershire, will focus on clients across the East Midlands and surrounding areas. He said: “I have known Paul for 10 years, and it’s exciting to now be working directly with the team. Having the flexibility to provide clients with the right solution from the whole of the market, not being restricted to what an individual lender has in place, is a real positive.”

Prior to his time with ThinCats, Sam’s career included roles with lenders RBS Corporate, Lombard, Bank of Scotland/Lloyds and HSBC. He says that this variety of companies and roles means he understands the industry as a whole, rather than being tied to one sector.

“Bespoke finance solutions are even more important now, with so many UK small to medium sized businesses struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,” he added. “My role in the short term will include advising businesses on accessing all the relevant government support schemes introduced in response to the crisis as well as arranging affordable and sustainable finance for companies to build for the future.”