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Bank takes on more specialist staff

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WARRINGTON-based Redwood Bank has hired another wave of lending specialists in response to “phenomenal interest” in its commercial mortgages from businesses across the town, the North West region, and beyond.
The bank – launched in August last year and part-owned by the borough council – continues to grow and has just employed a further six people bringing its total to 44.
Commercial director Graham Reynolds said: “Our new larger team means we can help more smaller businesses and property owners get access to finance and help with their growth plans.
“The team’s passion and experience will be of great value to our broker and business customers, who we have seen phenomenal interest from.”
The new recruits have more than 150 years of combined banking experience between them and have all worked for several major household banking names.
Two new business development officers have joined the bank at Warrington.
Callum Finnigan joins from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). He started in the industry after joining the RBS apprenticeship scheme, which he passed with flying colours, picking up qualifications in financial services.
He said: “I know the region well and am looking forward to supporting local businesses with their growth plans. Redwood Bank’s size means it can be flexible and fast, whilst investing time in the people behind the business – and that is really exciting for Warrington businesses.”
Joanna Carroll, also joins from RBS, where she specialised in supporting businesses with complex cases.
She said: “I am thrilled to join a bank that offers a real alternative for smaller local businesses, and that is genuinely able to lend to them to help make their properties and cash work harder.”
Chief executive officer and co-founder of Redwood Bank Gary Wilkinson said: “We are a dedicated and committed bank, so these attributes are always at the core of what we’re looking for in new members of staff.
“We’re hugely proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short period of time and I’m confident all six new staff members will be pivotal in helping our customers meet their ambitions for 2018 and beyond.”
Warrington Borough Council has a one third stake in the bank.

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