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28/08/2019

Team Spotlight: Clive Broadhurst, Portfolio Director

28/08/2019

Team Spotlight: Clive Broadhurst, Portfolio Director

Our “Team Spotlight” blog series lets you meet the people behind FDC’s personal approach to flexible debt funding. This month we spoke with Clive Broadhurst, Portfolio Director for FDC’s Growth Capital team. Clive spoke to us about his varied role protecting and maximising the capital value of FDC’s investments.


What’s your background?

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC some 25 years ago in their “Growing Business” team, and then spent most of my time in mid-market corporate advisory roles (principally at KPMG in the Midlands), and thereafter two years at RBS managing a portfolio of private equity backed assets. I have been with FDC and it’s sister business Finance Birmingham since 2012, and having been responsible for a number of new debt and equity investments then took on the role of Portfolio Director in 2016.


What do you do at FDC?

Good question, as the role can be pretty varied! I manage our portfolio of Growth Capital businesses, helping to maximise and protect the capital value of the investments we have made. That means working closely with businesses and management teams, having robust internal reporting systems and processes, and ensuring we have the ability to scale our portfolio management business as the nationwide footprint increases. It’s my job to lead on these things so I am busy as we expand our business.


What do you think is the biggest challenge SMEs seeking funding currently face?

There’s often no shortage of people out there willing to offer their advice, expertise and money. That is where SME business owners have to be careful, and our experienced FDC team can offer a real point of difference. It’s not just about “writing the deal”, there’s a supportive stakeholder relationship we develop through the twists and turns of running a growing SME business.


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your working life?

There are a few people in life who are either exceptionally gifted or lucky, but for the majority of us some success typically comes from decent hard graft and dedication.


What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

We have two young daughters who keep me busy at weekends and provide some excellent perspective outside of work, but who are also undoubtedly the reason I’m planning on working for a few years to come! I do enjoy running a half marathon, and more recently have developed a keen interest in cycling having completed the Midlands Velo earlier this year.

 
What’s your favourite book / film / music album and why?

I just love Spotify and think it’s absolutely the best £9.99 I spend every month. As a result I listen to all kinds of music on my travels, but ‘80s music will always win the nostalgic vote with me.