CivilisedBank, which is placing itself as a digital SME bank with relationship managers, has appointed a commercial head of intermediaries.
Nick Baker joins from commercial mortgage broker Christie Finance, where he was managing director for five years and where he was responsible for day-to-day operations and the development of the business. He led the business in achieving full FCA permissions and securing notable industry recognition for the company.
He is also an enterprise mentor with The Prince’s Trust.
At CivilisedBank Baker will primarily focus on leading the development and execution of the bank’s Introducer Strategy, supporting the delivery of commercial products and manage the relationship with the bank’s intermediary partners.
CivilisedBank is building a digital SME bank which, when launched in 2019, will offer business customers access to banking experts, finance and digital banking.
Chris Weller, chief commercial officer, CivilisedBank said: “Nick joins CivilisedBank with a fantastic reputation within the commercial finance sector for building strong relationships and for having a genuine passion for helping small businesses grow and thrive. His joining the Civilised team illustrates our commitment to servicing our selected broker partners and the importance we place on relationships, as we work towards providing something different to what is currenly being offered within the market.”
Nick Baker, head of intermediaries, CivilisedBank said: “CivilisedBank is leading the charge in offering a new model for SME banking and I’m delighted to be joining the team. I know from my work with small businesses that for too long they have been overlooked by the larger high street and online-only banks, so I am thrilled to be leading the planning and implementation of our intermediary offering and working towards bringing the CivilisedBank alternative to market next year.”
Focused on the UK SME market and funded by SME and retail savings, CivilisedBank will serve businesses through working capital solutions and cash management, including loans, asset finance, savings and payment services. CivilisedBank will also address the UK retail market with a range of savings products.