How a quick turnaround and extra support helped this ambitious engineering business

Hilltop Engineering and Tool Ltd is an engineering and manufacturing business based in Halesowen, West Midlands. They specialise in the design and manufacture of Press Tools, Metal Pressings, Welding, Fabrication, Machining and Engineering project management.

We spoke with Nigel Bishop, Managing Director of Hilltop Engineering and Tool Ltd, about his business’s experience with Skipton Business Finance. Nigel first became in contact with Skipton Business Finance in June and, after a short onboarding process, Hilltop Engineering has been benefitting from their Invoice Finance solution with us ever since.


The Introduction…

Nigel tells us about the initial experience of Skipton getting in touch:

“ln June of this year, I responded to a timely marketing call from Skipton Business Finance. I was looking for additional funding for our business and was curious to see what they could offer me,”

“My response was swiftly followed up by a phone call and subsequent visit from Ian Jones, the Regional Sales director for my area.” At Skipton Business Finance, we have dedicated Regional Sales Directors, covering areas across the entire UK. Ian Jones, our Regional Sales Director for the Midlands, made sure that Nigel’s business was well looked after, ensuring an easy onboarding process and ongoing support throughout.

“The business was struggling, and Ian was quick to recognise that, through no fault of our own, we had suffered badly during COVID,” “He could see that we had a fundamentally sound business with great customer and supplier relationships and a strong workforce. He genuinely wanted to help us, and I felt was talking with a seasoned business advisor, not someone who had come to sell me Invoice Finance.”  


The Solution…

The business was looking for a Confidential Invoice Finance solution, which would allow them to reap the benefits of Invoice Finance, without having to declare their involvement with us to their customers.  

Nigel told us how he was pleased with the efficiency of the onboarding process and the speed in which the facility was set up: “We agreed to move forward with a Confidential Invoice Finance arrangement and, following this, Ian's team came in for a day and carried out a full audit. We were set up and ready to go within a month.”

We were also happy to provide the business with the extra support and advice that was needed regarding the business’s bank account at the time. The business was looking to change accounts but were struggling to do so in a timely manner. “Ian came to our rescue again by recommending an internet-based bank. The bank account was opened on Saturday and the Skipton take-on team were in on Monday setting up our system and instructing our accounts department on its use,” “We drew money down the next day and have now enjoyed 3 months of trouble-free funding and smooth interaction with Skipton.”

Ongoing Support…

Hilltop Engineering and Tool Ltd have now been a client for 3 months and have enjoyed the benefits of a flexible Invoice Finance solution, as well as the efficient and personalised service from Skipton Business Finance.

Summing up his experience with us so far, Nigel said: “Contacting Skipton Business Finance has made a huge difference to our business. Thank you, Ian, for your support throughout.”

Nigel is one of many business owners that we have helped. Our Invoice Finance solutions allow businesses like his to thrive and have peace of mind that they will receive their hard-earned money on time. This is just one example of how the team at Skipton Business Finance will go the extra mile to support businesses in need of funding.


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