Who are we?

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At Woodsford TradeBridge we believe that the UK banking sector is letting down strong, growing businesses by failing to meet their need for the effective working capital which is so vital for growth.

We offer a range of flexible working capital solutions designed to sit seamlessly alongside existing banking relationships. Our programmes give our clients the agility to respond quickly to opportunities in the market, secure critical supplier relationships, expand into new markets, and fund innovation or growth.

From smaller trade and pharmacy finance facilities starting at £100,000 up to our £10 million supplier finance programmes for larger companies, we use our technology and creativity to deliver the maximum positive impact to your business.

Team

Our team are business people, first and foremost with a solid financial expertise behind us. Our single focus is to fund and deliver flexible working capital solutions that fit your business needs and deliver tangible benefits to you and your supply chain.

Mark Coxhead
Managing Director  Background:
Marks 17 year career with Siemens can best be described as ‘varied’. Starting as a commercial graduate he has held a number of operational and senior level roles in finance, supply chain and IT; making him (we think) the perfect guy to understand how supply chain finance can best meet your needs.  What's not to love about supply chain finance?
I just keep thinking about how many problems I could have solved in my career if I had access to a TradeBridge supplier early payment programme.  Facts about Mark:

  • Pedalled his way from Sicily to (almost) St Petersburg in 2012.
  • Is still secretly proud of his 'Crew Member of the Month' award!

Maurice Ezekiel
Managing Director of Woodsford Trade & Invoice Finance  Background:
A specialised in trade finance and asset-based lending, Maurice co-founded Woodsford Trade and Invoice Finance to further realise his goal of providing business with straightforward financial solutions that allow them to prosper.  What I love about Woodsford
No two days are ever the same and we get to help a diverse set of people and businesses which is very rewarding.  Facts about Maurice:

  • Loves football (Spurs), music, books, films, his two kids and a crazy dog, he just isn't always sure in what order!

Murray Stevenson
Sales Director  Background:
Murray has been selling and delivering complex financial solutions to large corporate customers in the UK and Australia for over 30 years. He has worked for some of the biggest names in the commercial finance, although he says having been acquired by GE twice in his career, is quite enough thank you!  What's not to love about supply chain finance?
If only I had known about this earlier, I could have helped many a customer!  Facts about Murray:

  • Got his golf handicap down to 4, when he was working for a major bank (need we say more?!)
  • A champion on the Ping pong table, he even has a machine that automatically fires little white balls at him.

Grant Fraser
Associate Director  Background:
Grant was quick to spot the opportunity of the London FinTech scene back in 2012 and has since taken advantage of his consulting experience and passion for SME's to develop supply chain finance solutions that are tailored to the business needs of each client.  What's not to love about supply chain finance?
I've spoken with many, many businesses that are tired of invoice discounting facilities with hidden fees that don't meet their business needs. Tradebridge have torn up the rule book and created an innovative finance solution that I love surprising people with.  Facts about Grant:

  • Big fan of boxing and enjoys getting the gloves on himself.
  • Loves hill-walking and is well on his way to bagging all the Scottish Munros, each over 3,000ft.

The TradeBridge Pledge

Every TradeBridge facility comes with our straightforward pledge: we will treat you fairly with no hidden fees, no lock-ups and no fuss.

Matthew Speed
Sales Director of Woodsford Trade & Invoice Finance  Background:
Having spent his early years in Australia, Matt returned to the UK and forged a successful career in finance. A co-founder of Woodsford Trade and Invoice Finance, Matthew gets his kicks from helping clients realise their business ambitions.  What I love about Woodsford
In my role I get to meet a wide range of businesses with various funding requirements, which keeps things interesting.  Facts about Matthew:

  • A father of two young children, supporting Luton Town doesn't get much of Matt's time any more

Andy Harwood
Sales Director of Woodsford RxBridge  Background:
Andy has spent his career providing financial services to the pharmacy sector and starting his own companies - including co-founding Woodsford RxBridge. If you have a question about the retail pharmacy industry, Andy is your go to man.  What I love about Woodsford
It is a true family business that's both extremely professional and has the air of independence and fun about it. The team are amazing and they get things done!  Facts about Andy:

  • Andy is a family man, married, with two boys of 14 and 10. A keen golfer and avid Chelsea fan, he also manages to play football twice a week!

Drew Whiteford
Relationship Manager  Background:
Drew has over 20 years business development and relationship management experience within the UK corporate environment. He has worked for some of the largest local and foreign financial institutions in various management roles.  What I love about Woodsford
Finance that is unsecured and on call, what`s not to like? It is a great solution to help your suppliers and working capital needs.  Facts about Drew:

  • Drew worked as a Purser on cruise ships in his early 20s travelling transatlantic, Caribbean, and Alaska routes.
  • With his scuba gear on, he has dived the Great barrier Reef and Maldives

Jonathan Dickie
Financial Controller  Background:
Jonathan is a chartered accountant having learnt his craft and earned his ACA qualification at KPMG’s London office. He still doesn’t quite know how he ended up here, having started out in Forensic Toxicology after university.  What I love about Woodsford
I enjoy the fluidity and flexibility of SCF with constantly innovative solutions being devised to help clients.  Facts about Jonathan:

  • Jonno completed the long route Tour of Flanders on his trusty Boardman bike, finishing in the dark, almost certainly last.
  • He loves an adventure and has canoed down the Zambezi dodging crocs and hippos

Angelie Samuel
Client Service Manager  Background:
Angelie joined us as an intern for Woodsford, and soon after graduation re-joined TradeBridge as a Client Manager. Angelie has brought structure and innovation to the team and is a powerhouse for its tremendous growth.  What I love about supply chain finance
One of the best things about working at TradeBridge is that we work as a team to ensure that our suppliers get everything they need, especially receiving their funds on the same day.  Facts about Angelie:

  • An obsessive reader, Angelie can get through a full blown novel in less than 24 hours.
  • Angelie was crowned Miss Kerala Europe 2016 for addressing the issue of rape shaming victims in India

Will Davison
Client Service Manager  Background:
Will began his career with a leading asset based lender, focussed on the trade finance sector of the business. Building his knowledge to incorporate invoice and asset finance, Will is a key man in our operations team.  What I love about supply chain finance
At TradeBridge we receive so much positive feedback from our customers, I'm really proud of the unique service we provide.  Facts about Will:

  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp in April 2017
  • Completed the 134m Nevis bungee jump in Queenstown, New Zealand

Board members

Olivier Bonavero
Director
BA in Modern Languages (German & French), University of Oxford
Masters in Finance, London Business School

After joining ED&F Man in 2000 Olivier rose to become Director of the US$350m Global Sugar Trading division and a Member of the Board of Directors. Since joining Woodsford in 2009, he has been a founding Director of: Woodsford Capital Management; Piquant Capital; Woodsford Litigation Funding and Woodsford Health.

Mark Coxhead
Managing Director
B. Bus (Business Administration), Monash University
Graduate Diploma, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University

During his 17 year career with Siemens Mark held a variety of senior management positions in Europe and Asia, successfully launching the Australian Division of Siemens IT Solutions in 2008 as CFO / COO. Mark joined Woodsford Consulting in Sept 2012 before founding Woodsford TradeBridge in April 2013.

Robert Eddowes
Non Exec Director, Chair of Credit Risk Committee
BSc in Economics and Law Joint Hons, University College of Wales
Masters in Business Law, City University

With over 30 years’ experience, Robert is one of the most knowledgeable and respected risk management professionals in the UK Asset Based Finance sector. Robert was formerly Head of Risk Management and a Statutory Board Director of the UKs largest SME lender, Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.

Mark Spiteri
Chairman
BSc in Economics & Industrial Relations, London School of Economics
Mark joined PWC in 1997, completed his CIMA qualifications and from 2000-04 was a Manager in the Corporate Finance division. Mark joined Woodsford Consulting in 2005, where he is now Managing Director. Mark sits on the Supervisory Board of Dom Development SA; and is a Director of Woodsford Litigation Funding.

We’re different – and here’s why:

#1

Funding

Having access to private funding Woodsford gives TradeBridge unmatched flexibility to innovate and support new working capital programmes. While most other independent finance providers rely on banks, securitization or “the crowd” to fund their programs, TradeBridge have their own funds available now to develop innovative funding models and new customer programs.

#2

Innovation

We recognise that each customer will have specific requirements for working capital and that as the banks retreat to their “one size fits all” approach, more and more companies will lack the facilities they need to prosper and grow. At TradeBridge we have the industry expertise to understand your needs and deliver innovative working capital programs that sit alongside your existing financing arrangements.

#3

Speed

Our mission is to bring desperately needed working capital to as many of the UK’s small and medium companies as we can…and every day spent messing around with overly complex legal agreements is a day wasted in our book. You deal with the decision makers directly and our clients find our friendly, responsive, Client Managers a breath of fresh air.

Who are Woodsford?

Woodsford are a London based 'Family Office' with access to significant sources of private capital available for investment.

Woodsford was founded over 17 years ago and has a successful entrepreneurial track record of launching and growing new businesses, usually in the financial services and real estate sector, both in the UK and overseas.