Conatus Financing Solutions
Specialists in strategic financial management – working with you to identify obstacles to your success.
Founded in 2011 by experienced ex-corporate banker, Kevin Ward, Conatus Financing Solutions is designed to help businesses of all sizes get the right funding with the best possible terms, conditions, pricing and security. Our financial solutions are tailored to suit the individual business and its specific needs.
Our Ethos & Approach
Everything we do is based on building strong relationships with our clients so we fully understand their needs and goals – for their business and on a more personal level. Over the years, we’ve provided consultancy to businesses that are growing, in distress, or who simply need additional support at board-level, often with finance, governance or leadership. We also assist businesses with sourcing all types of business finance, not just traditional bank lending.
We’re happy to be as hands-on as you need us to be and we’ll always take full ownership of the work we’re undertaking. We enjoy working closely with our clients to identify problems, challenges and obstacles that are impacting their business and more importantly, to find and deliver practical solutions, either undertaking the work ourselves, in collaboration with people within the business, or sourcing and managing a project team with the expertise required to achieve the desired outcomes.
Business Financing Solutions
With all our funding services, we’ll work closely with you (and the lender or investor) throughout the entire process to ensure you can draw down the funds quickly and with minimal fuss.
Our expert advisers can help you source commercial mortgages, secured & unsecured loans, invoice discounting, overdrafts, asset finance, trade finance, peer-to-peer lending, private investment and various forms of alternative financing.
Whether you’re a property developer or an investor, we’ll help you secure the financing you need for your next project, whether that’s development finance, auction finance, a bridging loan, buy-to-let (BTL) borrowing or a commercial mortgage.
International & Foreign Exchange
In addition to lending, our finance expertise extends to helping clients with international payments and foreign exchange, ensuring you successfully navigate the constantly fluctuating currency markets and secure the best deals.
CONATUS CASE STUDY
Warehousing & Logistics
The client came to us for a standalone development loan and were happy to stay with their existing bank. However, we quickly identified that this was a strong business with considerable bargaining power when it came to securing favourable loan terms. We tendered the development loan and banking out to a number of high street banks and even with the lending and other fees included, the re-banking exercise worked out circa. £300,000 cheaper than taking a standalone development loan through their existing bank.
£3m of existing loans to refinance against various properties
£2m of development funding required for a new warehouse
Board & Non-Exec Services
Our founder, Kevin Ward, has worked in various long-term and interim board and non-executive roles for a number of clients and voluntary organisations. In recent years, Kevin has graduated from sales and finance-related positions to chairing meetings for Community Action Suffolk, challenging, supporting and encouraging the board towards positive outcomes.
Strategic Planning & Support
Sometimes, a business needs fresh eyes to ensure its strategy is as effective as the stakeholders think, to find ways to innovate and gain a competitive advantage, or simply to revitalise its board meetings.
Crisis & Turnaround
Kevin has been brought on for board positions by businesses in distress and through banks or other stakeholders, for example, to represent the creditors through a CVA process or to devise and implement a recovery plan.
Working alongside our bookkeeping team, we use the experience we’ve gained through sourcing funding to increase company-wide cash flow visibility, improve organisational efficiency and fill any cash flow gaps.
Bank Relationship Support
In addition to business consultancy and lending, our finance expertise extends to helping clients with bank bureaucracy and sourcing the best deals for banking products, such as merchant services.
General FD/CFO Support
We offer a cost-effective Finance Director service, on a part-time or “as required” basis, where you will benefit from having a high calibre Finance Director solution using a team with a proven track record on hand to support your business goals.