Glenn Blackman, MBA
Partner at FundInvoice LLP. which is the UK's 1st research based, free, independent, advice and quotation search service for invoice finance, factoring, invoice discounting and business funding.
Author of numerous finance and research related articles. Founder of the UK Invoice Finance Research Group on Linkedin.
MBA in Applied General Management.
Career and Achievements To Date
September 2013 - Present
- Founding Partner in FundInvoice LLP the UK's 1st research based, independent, business funding, invoice finance, factoring and invoice discounting advice and search service. FundInvoice also handles trade finance, asset finance and other commercial finance facilities.
- Launched "Funding Voice" Magazine - a free emagazine with advice, tips and articles relating to business cash flow.
- Authored numerous finance and invoice finance related research articles, and infographics.
- Research included insights into the funding of new start ups, fast growing businesses and existing users of invoice finance.
- Managed the UK Invoice Finance Research Group on LinkedIn, building the membership and sharing research findings.
- Developed and implemented the partnership's marketing and online marketing strategies.
- Managed all aspects of the partnership's finance and banking.
- Delivered numerous invoice finance related invoice finance insights via my Invoice Finance Blog.
CASHFLOW ACCELERATION LTD
Co-Founder & Business Owner
August 2003 - September 2013
- Glenn Blackman was the founder of Cashflow Acceleration Ltd, an invoice finance brokerage.
- Authored numerous articles regarding invoice finance and market research relating to invoice finance.
- Built the business to become national "Finalists" for the Business Moneyfacts Asset Based Finance Broker of the Year Award 2013, 2012 and 2011.
- Founder of the UK Invoice Finance Research group via Linkedin which aims to share invoice finance related research to aid the expansion of the invoice finance market.
- Launched Cashflow Magazine
Founder & Business Owner
June 2000 - September 2013
Founder of Improvia Limited which provided research services.
Historically it also provided consultancy services working with a wide range of different and diverse businesses, including a number of different invoice finance companies, on a variety of projects which have included:
- Marketing planning & implementation
- Marketing & customer research
- Business strategy development
- Executive mentoring, management training & development
- Product mangement & product development
- Project planning & implementation
BARCLAYS BANK PLC, SALES FINANCING
Marketing and Products Manager
Executive Member of the Board
Apr 1997 - Mar 2000
- Established the Working Capital division within Corporate Banking.
- Lead and coached a team of managers responsible for all aspects of Marketing, Product Management, Electronic Delivery and Communications.
- Achieved delivery of a range of web based electronic delivery products, using internet technology, to over 70% of the customer base.
- Produced and delivered electronic delivery training to all customer facing staff.
- Managed product promotions and a wide range of marketing initiatives that delivered growth of 60% in customer advances during 1998/9.
- Created an industry leading electronic delivery demonstration package and provided related training to the sales force.
- Established and developed a comprehensive suite of communications media.
- Directed the most successful conference in the company's history.
Receivables Financing Programme
Apr 1995 - Apr 1997
- Seconded to New Business as Section Manager responsible for the training and recruitment of a new team of Sanction Officers.
- Managed market wide customer research and market research delivering a comprehensive understanding of customer needs within the receivables financing market.
- Responsible for Bank Reconciliation and Portfolio Management Projects.
- Delivered an operational model, and the design for the risk management & pricing processes.
- Other projects included facilitating service quality improvement workshops, service quality analysis and delivery of a change programme plan.
Client Relationship Manager
Jan 1994 - Apr 1995
(previous 3 month secondment)
- Negotiated all aspects of customers facilities and pricing for a portfolio of 85 customers, with c. £14m funds out.
- Achieved stringent bad debt targets and formed long term relationships with the customers.
- Successfully managed collect-outs including exposure to customer fraud.
Credit Underwriting Manager
July 1992 - Dec 1993
- Managed a team of underwriting staff, that were able to achieve targets for speed of decision making and customer service.
- Sanctioned underwriting decisions up to £200K and achieved target levels for debtor losses.
New Business Department Supervisor
Oct 1990 - Jun 1992
- Sanctioned new business proposals with exposures of up to £100K.
- Analysed new business propositions, including large complex invoice discounting deals and presented recommendations to board directors.
Oct 1988 - Sep 1990
Managed a portfolio of international trade finance customers with responsibility for all aspects of import and export documentation.
Qualifications & Training
- MBA in Applied General Management, specialising in The Psychology of Leadership & Motivation, Strategy Development & Implementation, Organisational Development, Complexity Theory and Marketing.
- Association of British Factors and Discounters Certificate and Diploma.
- Institute of Credit Managers Stage 1 and Credit Management Stage 2.
- Dun & Bradstreet Credit & Financial Analysis Certificate.
- Supervisory Studies (BTEC), 2 "A" Levels and 10 "O" Levels.
- Attended numerous courses regarding general management, team building & leadership, negotiations, product management, marketing, research and project management.
Other Interests: Golf, film, eating out and travel.