Bowyer has 20 years’ experience in asset finance, with the last six spent at a major French funder, where he successfully grew both broker and vendor business in the industrial, commercial vehicles and construction sectors.

Says the new national development manager: “Having grown volumes nine-fold in my last role, I’m looking forward to similar success at Close Brothers Asset Finance. My primary aim will be to develop vendor relations and I’m confident my hard asset experience and new business track record will transfer well to the manufacturing sector.”

Adds Chris Lillico, sales director of Close Brothers Asset Finance’s Manufacturing Division: “Andrew is very experienced and a great hire for us; bringing someone of his calibre on board is a real statement of intent and another demonstration of our long-standing commitment to supporting the manufacturing SME community. This is a national role and Andrew’s wealth of experience will stand him in good stead in the months and years ahead as he drives our vendor development programme.”