About us

Catalyst Finance history

Our story is quite an unusual one.

Born out of frustration of trying to find timely, useful business finance without being tied into long-term contractual agreements, founding director Jeremy Lawrence decided to set up his own SME funding business that was expressly designed to provide cash to business owners under three simple conditions... they get cash when they need it; they pay only for the time they need it (and not when they don’t) and they won’t be required to sign up to long term contracts with complex fee charges.

Along with some like minded investors Jeremy set up Catalyst Finance in the thriving market town of Stroud and set out to do business differently. Since 2012 Catalyst Finance has worked in collaboration with traditional finance companies and has helped hundreds of SMEs to grow by using selective invoice finance or commercial loans. All the founders and directors have experience of building and running their own companies and understand the challenges business owners face on a daily basis. And our team know and understand that too.

Our USP is quite simple - it’s our people. The entire team is fully committed to ensuring that we continue to innovate to deliver simple, flexible and transparent business finance solutions to our intermediary community and SMEs across the UK.

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We also have great supporting teams delivering excellent customer service, who will work closely with you to ensure the products you choose will run like clockwork. So all you need to do now is choose which one is right for you. We have a number of different products available and they all have one thing in common… they release much needed cash into your business. They work in tandem with any existing financial arrangements you may have, making it really simple for you to finance your business onto bigger and better things.

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Latest news

We are exhibiting at the NACFB Commercial Finance Expo

After last year’s successful debut at the NACFB Commercial Finance Expo, we are delighted to be exhibiting once again this June.

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What is an Asset Secured Loan and How Does it Work?

An asset secured loan allows a business to access the cash tied up in its company assets. This can be through physical assets such as property, stock or equipment.

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Catalyst Finance win award for ' Best Selected Invoice Financier'

We are thrilled to have received the Business Money Receivables Award for Best Selected Invoice Financier. This is the second time we have picked up an award from Business Money

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Catalyst Finance receives ‘Highly Commended’ at the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2017

We have received the award for ‘Highly Commended’ in the category for 'Best Alternative Business Funding Provider' at the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2017. This is the second time that we have been fortunate enough to have received an award from Business Moneyfacts.

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Spring Budget 2017 - a focus on how this will affect UK Business.

Philip Hammond will deliver his first and last Spring Budget at 12:30pm today

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Catalyst Finance opens new office in the heart of Manchester

Catalyst Finance, has relocated from its former location in Warrington into the heart of city centre Manchester. The move is to accommodate the growing team in the North West.

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The Association of Alternative Business Finance launched today

The seven founding members, Capify UK, Catalyst Finance, Credit4, Fleximize, Liberis, The Just Loans Group and YesGrowth have clearly defined four operating principles that members will be required to adhere to.

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Job Vacancy

Catalyst are currently recruiting for an Underwriter as part of the Company’s Credit Team.

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The benefits of Selective Invoice Finance and how it can help your business grow

Read about invoice finance and selective invoice finance here. Find out more how it could help your business grow.

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Video: Catalyst In a Nutshell

Our new video explains how our products and services work hand in hand with our clients and our intermediary community to deliver business finance which is simple, transparent and flexible.

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Catalyst achieves £300 million funding milestone

Catalyst Finance has achieved one its biggest growth targets for 2016 and has now funded over £300 million to SMEs across the UK.

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Catalyst boosts its sales team with 4 new hires

Catalyst Finance has expanded its team with the hire of 4 commercial finance specialists.

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Single, Spot or Selective Invoice Finance

Find Out The Difference Between Single, Spot & Selective Invoice Finance. Fund Out Which Is Best For You And The Different Steps Involved.

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Catalyst Finance launch new website

Find Out More About Catalyst Finance's Brand New Website Here.

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Catalyst Finance announces significant growth milestone achievements

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New Introducer Commision Payment Package Launched By Catalyst Finance

New Introducer Commission Payment Package Is Launched By Catalyst Finance. We Are Changing How & When Our Introducers Will Be Paid. Find Out More Here.

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Welcoming three new additions to the Catalyst Finance team

Catalyst Welcomes Three New Faces To The Marketing Team. With A Wealth Of Experience They Are Going To Be a Great Asset To The Team.

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Women in Business Finance

Read The Interview With Martine Catton To Find Out More About Women In Business Finance.

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New legislation that will change the alternative finance market

Our CEO Jonathan Wilder Talks About The New Legislation Within The Alternative Finance Market And How This Will Help To Educate Business Owners.

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Funding choices for SMEs

Watch This Insightful Video Starring Jonathan Willder About Different Types Of Funding Now Available For SME's.

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Alternative Finance - The road to success for UK SMEs

There Has Been A Large Growth In The Amount Of Alternative Business. This Is Now The Chosen Finance Option Among Businesses. Find Out More Now.

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Catalyst Finance win award for 'Leading Selective Invoice Financier'

Catalyst have received the Business Money Intermediary Index 2015 Award for Leading Selective Invoice Financier

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Catalyst Finance receives 'Commendation' at the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2016

Find Out More About Catalyst Finances Commendation At The Money facts Awards 2016. The Award Celebrates Companies That Are Innovative & Competitive.

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Catalyst CEO Jonathan Willder responds to Lord Turner's comments published in The Telegraph

Find Out More About Jonathan Willder's Response To Lord Turner's Comments In The Telegraph About The Alternative Funding Sector.

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Catalyst reaches £200m milestone of invoices and loans funded to help UK businesses

Read More About Catalyst Great Achievement In Reaching £200m Milestone Of Invoices & Loans Funded To Help UK Businesses Grow.

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Catalyst invests for the future by bolstering its financial technology capabilities

Read More About Catalyst Finances' new Additions To The Team Based In Stroud.

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Catalyst Finance has been shortlisted for 'Best Alternative Business Funding Provider'

Find Out More About Catalyst Finance Has Been Shortlisted For A Best Alternative Business Funding Provider 2016.

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Catalyst expands national sales team ensuring fast reliable service

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Catalyst welcomes account manager Dan Grainger to the team

Read More About Catalyst New Member Of The Team Dan Grainger.

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What is Fintech and why does it matter?

Find Out What Is Fintech And Why Does It Matter. It Is The Factor That Has Established Big Brands And Has The Potential To Be Huge In The Future.

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Understanding the facility and flexibility of selective invoice finance

Selective Invoice Finance & Specialist Lenders Are A Thing Of The Future With Many Businesses Now Using These As A Means Of Cash flow. Read More Here.

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Supporting businesses when they need funds

Find Out About How Catalyst Can Help Support Your Business When They Need Funds. We Help Bridge The Gap When You're Waiting For Clients To Pay Their Invoices.

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Customer service - the way to set your business apart

Read More About How Customer Service Can Set Your Business Apart. Customers Have High Expectations Now, Find Out How You Can Meet Your Clients Needs.

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Catalyst's guide to the alternative finance market - part 4

Explore Catalyst's Informative Guide On The Alternative Finance And Investigate The Different Variations Including Their Benefits & Drawbacks.

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Martine Catton is delighted to join Catalyst as Sales & Marketing Director

Find Out More About Our New Team Member Martine. She has A Wealth Of Knowledge, With Extensive Experience In Invoice Finance & SME Banking.

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Catalyst's guide to the alternative finance market - part 3

Explore Catalyst's Informative Guide On The Alternative Finance And Investigate The Different Variations Including Their Benefits & Drawbacks.

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Catalyst's guide to the alternative finance market - part 2

Explore Catalyst's Informative Guide On The Alternative Finance And Investigate The Different Variations Including Their Benefits & Drawbacks.

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Business finance - think 'value' and not 'cost' and keep it simple!

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Catalyst's guide to the alternative finance market - part 1

Read Catalyst's Guide To Business Finance.

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Catalyst's customer service is 'better than excellent'

Find Out More About Catalyst's Customer Service Rating Better Than Excellent Recognised For Their Customer Loyalty & Satisfaction.

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Meet the Team- Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonalds Bio as Head of Marketing for Catalyst Finance

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Our 'No Nonsense' Criteria List

Look at our easy to view list of the types of deals that we can support. As is the way with how we work, it really is quite simple… if your client meets our initial criteria we then have the flexibility to start structuring a facility that can be highly tailored to the client’s needs.

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Careers at Catalyst


As one of the country’s leading selective invoice finance and commercial loan providers, we're always on the look out for hard working, talented and enthusiastic people to join our fantastic team. If you have a background in sales, operations, underwriting, finance and are also committed to helping UK businesses thrive and truly want to give our customers the very best service then we would love to hear from you.