Bibby Financial Services Ireland, a leading provider of invoice finance and other funding solutions to Irish SMEs, has appointed Carmel Mulroe as Business Development Manager for the West, Midlands and Northern Ireland.
In her role, Carmel will be working closely with business owners and their trusted advisors to share over two decades of experience working on financial solutions for many Irish businesses. Carmel will act as a dedicated local resource in the West, Midlands and Northern Ireland to understand and meet the funding requirements of SMEs in these regions.
Carmel joins Bibby Financial Services Ireland after spending over 20 years with Ulster Bank, most recently overseeing the provision of business banking lending to SME’s. For the last five years at Ulster Bank, Carmel was recognised as their number one performing Business Development Manager as a result of her commitment to working with SME’s nationwide to facilitate their continued growth and expansion.
Amongst her qualifications, Carmel has a Bachelor of Financial Services (Professional Banker) and a Professional Diploma in SME Credit from University College Dublin.
Carmel will work with the core team of Business Development Managers at Bibby Financial Services Ireland. This team includes Stephen McCarthy, who is Head of Business Development and is also responsible for the Munster region, while Garry Holligan has responsibility for the Greater Dublin Area and Eastern Ireland. All are responsible for invoice finance, import and export finance, and Bad Debt Protection for SMEs in their areas of focus.
Bibby Financial Services Ireland is part of Bibby Financial Services Group, which has a network of 40 offices across Asia and Europe, including Singapore, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Germany, Poland and the UK. Based in Sandyford, the Irish operation was established in 2006 and has an expert team of 30 employees working with SMEs on the island of Ireland.
Bibby Financial Services Ireland holds key partnerships with both Permanent TSB, offering customers an enhanced range of funding solutions designed to improve cash flow and fund their growth ambitions, and the Strategic Banking Council of Ireland, providing access to the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme and individual facilities of up to €1 million for eligible customers.
Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, says: “Carmel is a hugely experienced and talented leader boasting a wealth of success in the Irish banking sector. As we continue to strengthen our regional teams, Carmel’s deep knowledge of Irish SMEs and their needs will be of significant value to Bibby. Her appointment will be key for us to continue to grow our organisation while also giving our partners a vital resource to help them innovate through our broad range of financial services. This role is vital in providing further support for businesses who are looking to achieve growth while also managing the current perfect storm of challenges facing the Irish economy in 2022.”
Carmel Mulroe says: “I have always been passionate about working with SME businesses to help them innovate and succeed. Bibby Financial Services shares this passion and that’s why I’m so delighted to be joining a market-leading, relationship-based SME funder. In a post-pandemic and Brexit world, it is now more critical than ever that SMEs are receiving the required support to match their day-to-day requirements and continued ambition. As a result, we’ll continue to put our customers at the heart of everything we do to ensure we continue to help them succeed in the months and years ahead.”