Mel Harris has joined ABL Business as an Appointed Representative – and is the first woman they have taken on in the role.
She will cover the Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, and Wakefield areas, offering a full mix of commercial finance services and helping SMEs to raise the funds they need to trade, grow or stabilise their business.
Mel, from Wortley, Leeds, joins the company from Yorkshire Bank where she was most recently a Payment Solutions Manager, helping businesses to set up systems which enable them to take card payments from customers.
She started her career in finance with Yorkshire Bank where she worked for 15 years, progressing through the ranks from cashier to Assistant Manager at the Woodsley Road branch in Leeds, then Bank Manager at the Chapel Allerton branch. She then transferred over to the business side, as a Business Associate looking after the day-to-day needs of clients.
A career highlight, says Mel, was spending a week in New Zealand, as part of a handpicked team with national senior managers, helping to test inquiry systems used by the then parent company National Australia Bank, in order to adapt them for use across the UK.
Alex Beardsley, a Director of Cleckheaton-based ABL Business, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming someone of Mel’s calibre and experience to the team. There are actually very few female finance brokers out there at all, and I am personally very pleased to be supporting Mel on her career journey and to be in a position to contribute towards bringing more women into front-end finance roles.”
Mel said: “I’m excited to be taking the next big step on the ladder and joining a vibrant team like ABL Business. I look forward to supporting SMEs in my local area, taking the time to understand their businesses to take the hassle out of finding competitive well-structured deals.
“Having the back-up of the funding lines and capabilities of ABL Business will enable me to save clients precious time and money. If I can help businesses to succeed and fly the flag for women in financial services a little at the same time, that will be certainly be an added bonus for me.”
ABL Business Ltd is a commercial finance and marketing company based in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire. They are members of the NACFB and authorised and regulated by the FCA for commercial finance brokerage activities.