Leicester financial advisory firm expands West Midlands offer

Ian Fletcher

Leicester-based financial advisory firm Vallabh Associates is expanding into the West Midlands after revealing a key hire.

The company has hired Ian Fletcher as a director with responsibility to lead deal origination in the West Midlands.

Vallabh Associates is a specialist trade finance and working capital advisory boutique based in Leicester to support SMEs and advisors and deepen their understanding of the “dark art” of trade finance.

Fletcher has over 37 years’ experience working in financial services and 30 years in trade finance. The West Midlands will be his prime focus whilst also supporting the wider business.

Sanjay Vallabh, managing director of Vallabh Associates, said: “I am thrilled to have Ian join the Vallabh Associates team as a director. Having worked with Ian closely in the past for a number of years, I am convinced his solution and value driven focus will help Vallabh Associates on our journey to demystify the dark art of trade finance for businesses and advisors alike.

“Ian’s experience and contacts will enable further bandwidth and connectivity for our brand and values. With the ever-increasing need for specialist advice in the trade finance arena, the need to expand to support our client base has never been more apparent than in these challenging times.”

Fletcher said: “I am delighted to be joining forces with Sanjay Vallabh at this exciting time in the growth of the Vallabh Associates brand. We are committed to the SME sector in the Midlands and I look forward to supporting businesses with their growth aspirations by providing an in depth review of their working capital requirements and as appropriate suggesting innovative funding solutions.”