Metro Bank founder Thomson to speak at ASTL’s inaugural talks

The Association of Short Term Lenders has announced that Anthony Thomson, founder of Metro Bank, is to speak at its inaugural annual conference on 10 October.

Thomson also serves as chairman of both the Financial Services Forum and the National Skills Academy for Financial Services.

The conference is themed ‘Bridging Today and Tomorrow’ and Thomson will be addressing how companies in the bridging market can adapt to become more customer centric and increase their gains from this market.

Metro Bank was the first new ‘High Street bank’ launched in the UK in over 150 years when it started operating in July 2010. Since then the bank has opened twenty locations and now serves over 200,000 customers.

Anthony stepped down from his role as the first chairman of Metro Bank in December 2012.

ASTL chief executive Benson Hersch says: “Thomson broke the mould of the more traditional banks by focusing on the customer and offering unparalleled levels of customer service and convenience in a way that many bridging lenders aspire to do.

“The ASTL conference will be a unique opportunity to meet with Anthony, hear his views and his insights.”

Thomson says: “The Financial Services Sector is facing more challenges than at almost any time in its history. It is also facing more opportunities. Bridging lending is an emerging sector that is in prime position to capitalise on these opportunities.”

The inaugural ASTL conference takes place on 10 October and is open to lenders, brokers and professionals involved in bridging or short-term lending.