As Christmas fast approaches, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the last year at UTB and to say thank you for your support.
It has been incredibly busy, both in terms of the business we’ve completed and the development of the team. We’re a couple of weeks from closing the 2021 book but already I can safely say we’ve transacted record levels of new business both in volume and value. If you have contributed to that achievement, thank you very much. If you haven’t, there’s always next year!
We’ve kept HR on their toes throughout 2021 and welcomed eleven new members to the team. We have doubled the size of the Credit team to support our growth plans and continue to provide a high level of broker service. We encourage our brokers to have direct conversations with Credit and it’s one of our key differentiators. Unusually, we have more people in the Credit Team than we do in Sales which should tell you something about the very proactive role our underwriters play in working with brokers and agreeing deals.
Jon Mote came on board in the summer to develop our larger loan and high value car proposition and Astrid Michael took over as AF Head of Sales following Keith Sangwin’s retirement in August. Two very experienced BDMs, Kerry Stuart and Alex Cooper have joined us too.
Louise McIntosh brought her considerable Operations experience and quickly added four new members to the Ops team to ensure our service levels stayed on form despite the higher volume of business flowing in.
All the hard work is paying off. In November, UTB was named ‘Outstanding UK Bank Owned Lessor’ at the Leasing World Gold Awards which is testament to all the effort and commitment shown by the team, often in challenging circumstances.
Next year will be even busier and even more exciting and I hope you will be part of it. Look out for our new Golden Owl promotion for bigger deals which could help you to get 2022 off to a great start.
For now though, thank you once again for your support and on behalf of the team I would like to wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and a successful New Year.
Nathan Mollett – Head of Asset Finance
Christmas Opening Times
On Christmas eve we will be closing at 2pm and will re-open on the 29th at 8.30am. On New Year’s Eve we will be closing at 2pm and will re-open on the 4th January from 8.30am, providing you the best service as usual over the holiday period