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UKSE names new Area Manager

Loan and investment company promote Steve Lyon to the regional senior role

UKSE has appointed Steve Lyon as its new Area Manager for the Sheffield City Region, the Humber area, the Black Country and Stoke-on-Trent.

Having joined the business last year in his capacity as Regional Executive, he will now lead on the firm’s regional efforts to provide SMEs with the necessary funding and support needed to grow their businesses, creating local job opportunities, and bolstering the local economy.

He brings extensive experience in providing corporate finance to the role, having previously worked with RBS and Natwest before becoming a finance broker and working with the regional Growth Hub.

He replaces former Regional Manager, Keith Williams, who left in May after 32 years with the business.

Commenting on his new role, Steve said: “UKSE plays an important part in supporting the region’s businesses with their growth ambitions, including taking on more people and boosting local economies.

“Having joined the business in 2021, It has been a privilege to see how our investments help companies to grow, and their people to prosper.

“I am thrilled to now be taking on the role of Area Manager for the Sheffield City region and Humber, and I am looking forward to building and strengthening further relationships with businesses looking for investment, as well as local professional advisers.”

Commenting on the promotion Simon Hamilton, UKSE’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to announce Steve’s promotion to Area Manager.

“We have seen quite the increase in enquiries for equity investment and loan applications, as businesses look to invest in state-of-the art equipment, bring in new staff, and diversify into new markets.

“Steve is ideally placed to continue to support those businesses with their growth ambitions, and to make the most of what opportunities arise both here in the UK and abroad.

“Of course, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank Keith for his contribution to UKSE over the years, and to wish him the best of luck for the future.

UKSE helps businesses to grow by providing investment capital and loans of up to £1.5m, as well as premises within its innovation centres.

The firm supports business owners to achieve their objectives, whether that’s through growth capital or helping finance a management buy-out. UKSE also has wider social objectives which can make the company a more sympathetic investor than many financial institutions.

Most recently UKSE supported the Transform SY accelerator programme to support tech entrepreneurs in South Yorkshire and has successfully granted a number of kickstart grants to budding businesses across the region.

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