IT to drive future growth for HHF

IT to drive future growth for HHF

Henry Howard Finance (HHF), one of the largest alternative finance providers in Wales, has increased its IT capability with a series of key appointments.

The firm is looking to simultaneously bolster the firm’s business intelligence and improve cybersecurity.

Expansion of the division has been led by Gavin Dowding, head of IT, who initially joined the business in 2016 to support Henry Howard Finance’s ongoing growth plans.

Gavin, who specialises in resource planning, business intelligence, data visualization and the development and implementation of new software has introduced more than 15 years’ best practice experience to HHF.

Gavin is supported by head of infrastructure, James Taylor, who was recruited in August from Olive Communications to ensure the firm’s network and cyber security systems operate efficiently and securely at all times.

Earlier this month, Greg Merriman, an experienced web applications developer also joined the team to ensure the continued success of HHF’s unique online deal management portal, ‘HowApp’, which launched in 2015.

Earlier in the year, the group was further bolstered by the recruitment of three experienced business analysts, Rhydian Thomas, Nicola Evans and Clare Montgomery, who assumed responsibility for aligning business processes with business needs.

Collectively, the three will undertake a number of IT change management initiatives and assist with future planning in line with company goals.

Last but not least, the team has been completed by data intelligence analyst, James Brown, who is responsible for developing new ways to measure business performance whilst actively collecting feedback from users of the internal systems.

Commenting on the developments, Anne Williams, chief operating officer at Henry Howard Finance, said: “At Henry Howard Finance we appreciate the increasing importance of technology and the role that IT will continue to play within the growth journey of the business - particularly as we prepare ourselves to implement GDPR best practices.

“We have every confidence that our current systems are ahead of the market offering, and our considerable investment into the IT team has been made in order to maintain our position as a funder of first choice.

“Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, our strengthened IT capabilities will allow us to more effectively analyse client data and improve the tailored financial services we provide, further enhancing our offering to our vendors and customers.”

Headquartered in Newport, Henry Howard Finance (HHF) was established in 1996 and has become one of the UK’s largest independent finance houses.

Its flexible and responsive finance solutions assist more than 20,000 different UK-based businesses across a variety of sectors.

In 2016 alone, HHF provided finance for more than 6,000 businesses lending in excess of £150 million.

In 2017 HHF was also recognised as the largest provider of alternative finance in Wales and has a group portfolio in excess of £250 million.