Growth Lending today announces the appointment of Lauren Couch as its new managing director. Couch moves from her role as principal at sister company BOOST&Co, where she set up and led the lender’s Bristol office, completing new business worth £83m in 22 months.
She has extensive experience in working capital finance, including 16 years with RBS, where her roles included head of client relations in London and the south west, head of business development, and director of relationship management with responsibility for the south west’s corporate ABL portfolio, focusing on the large corporate space, with debt sizes of £10m to £100m.
Couch, who will work alongside fellow managing director Kristi Oliver, aims to turn Growth Lending into a £200m business in the next 12 months, having already witnessed its growth from £9m AUM at the beginning of 2020 to an expected £80m by the end of this year. An experienced manager, she will draw on the collective expertise of the group, which has been lending to UK SMEs since 2013.
Growth Lending works with innovative, fast-growing SMEs, helping them to accelerate their growth by providing flexible funding ranging from £100,000 to £20m, in the form of revolving credit facilities, flexible invoice discounting and selective invoice finance. Backed by institutional capital, it has 30 employees in London, Bristol, Manchester and Cape Town.
Couch says: “This is an incredibly exciting project. The group benefits from huge experience and strong funding lines, as well as a progressive and dynamic approach. I am particularly pleased to be able to support businesses amid the unprecedented circumstances created by Covid-19, when our type of fast, flexible funding is needed more than ever before.”
Lance Mysyrowicz, chair of Growth Lending, says: “We’re delighted that Lauren has accepted the role of managing director, having watched her build an extremely strong base for BOOST&Co in the south west. She shares our passion for helping SMEs and her experience in this field will drive forward the group’s wide range of products, helping us to achieve even greater success in funding innovative businesses that are ready to grow.”