Dr. Louise Beaumont – Founder of Platform Black and one of the best-known proponents of the UK alternative finance space – has now accepted a new role with one of the industry’s most prolific institutional backers.
Louise will henceforth serve as the Head of Public Affairs and Marketing for GLI Finance and its increasingly diverse family of alternative finance providers. Her task will be two-fold, broadly speaking: to establish GLIF globally as the first port-of-call for SME finance providers looking for a strategic partner. And secondly, to elevate all GLIF-backed platforms into a position of market leadership within their chosen fields.
“In a world where the lack of SME finance is a significant inhibitor to economic growth, I am delighted to be part of a leadership team focused on bringing practical solutions to the market.”
Louise has been instrumental in transforming leading invoice finance provider Platform Black from little more than an idea around 2 years ago, into a thriving business that has now channeled over £75m of working capital into UK SMEs. Her work with Platform Black recently saw her recognized by Brummell Magazine and one of the 30 most inspirational women working in the City.
Geoff Miller, CEO of GLI Finance, also commented:
“Louise’s energy and standing within the alternative finance industry will be invaluable as we look to establish GLIF globally as one of the leading strategic partners in SME finance and ensure our existing platforms fulfil their exciting potential.”
GLIF is an already well-established name within the world of alternative finance. The more challenging aspect of the new role will be to make market leaders out of GLIF’s warchest of mostly nascent operators. The list is as follows:
- BMS Finance
- Dansk Faktura Bors
- Funding Knight
- Platform Black
- The Credit Junction
- Trade River Finance
- Trade River USA
- UK Bond Network
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