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Paragon Bank appoints Paul Reynolds as SME Lending  North East Regional Sales Manager

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Paul Reynolds has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for the North East and Yorkshire at Paragon Bank’s SME Lending division.

As Regional Sales Manager, Paul will lead the further development of Paragon’s provision of specialist financial support for SMEs across the region. He will report to SME Lending Regional Director, Ashley Butterfield.

With over a decade of asset finance experience, Paul joins Paragon from Close Brothers, where he was an Area Sales Manager for the North East. Prior to Close Brothers, Paul was Business Manager for the Lloyd Motor Group.

Paul’s appointment coincides with renewed demand for asset finance by North East SMEs, with recently published Paragon research finding that a majority (53%) expect cashflow to improve over the next 12 months. A total of 55% are feeling confident in their business’s outlook and 75% plan to maintain or increase investment in their operations.

Commenting on his appointment as Regional Sales Manager, Paul Reynolds said: “I am thrilled to join Paragon’s specialist lending team at this exciting time for North East and Yorkshire SMEs. With plans for investment, businesses are ready to acquire the assets that will take their operations forward – and I looking forward to working with SMEs from across the region to help them reach their full potential.”

Regional Director, Ashley Butterfield, commented: “I’m excited to welcome Paul to our team. With Paul’s significant asset finance experience, he will offer support to SMEs from across the region in finding the right, bespoke financing solutions for them.”

For further information contact:

Annette Coyle
Media Relations Executive
Tel: 0121 712 2526


Notes to editors:

Paragon Bank PLC a subsidiary of the Paragon Banking Group PLC which is a FTSE 250 company based in Solihull in the West Midlands. Established in 1985, Paragon Banking Group PLC has over £14 billion of assets under management, helping more than 340,000 customers to achieve their ambitions.

Paragon Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered in England number 05390593. Registered office 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QJ. Paragon Bank PLC is registered on the Financial Services Register under the firm reference number 604551.