Leadership

About our senior staff

Michael Hird

Principal and Founder 

Michael is a seasoned financial specialist, who comes from a background that combines building engineering, project management, commercial finance and residential mortgages.

Previously to creating Step-Up Finance more than two decades ago, he worked as Senior Development Engineer for a leading UK building components manufacturer and Executive Structural Engineer for a building products manufacturer and contractor.

His quantitative and qualitative knowledge is integrated into the mix of financial understanding to contribute significant support for business owners.

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Doesn’t like wasting money

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Doesn’t like wasting time

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The essence of which is getting the job done right

Innovative Ideas

Our thinking caps come in various shapes and sizes

Performance-driven

We have an unrelenting focus on delivering results

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Clear Communication

We pride ourselves on transparency and clear communication

Recent Blog Posts

Recent thoughts and opinions from Step-Up Finance’s leadership team

How It Works – Getting Ready For Commercial Property Purchase

Investment Property transactions can differ widely. When approaching the undertaking of such asset there are core areas which, given attention before involving professional experienced support, are mutual. It may assist in some small way, or to material effect, to consider these areas; whether using borrowings or not. Ready a Business Plan that includes: 1) Personal [...]

Bank Of England Quarterly Report

Notwithstanding the status of the medium-term economy, the Report comes after a period of many changes. Sterling prices reeled following the vote to leave the EU and the BoE responded with a liquidity scheme, base rate cut to 0.25%, further QE and a new funding-line for banks (Term Funding Scheme) – which is supposed to [...]

Warning: There’s A Long Road Ahead – Don’t Take The Back Seat

Resilient and fragile are contrary business terms which, along with the statements ‘some caution’ and ‘modest increases’, are those being mainly flouted since sterling’s fall after the referendum. Such is the economy’s very mixed year-end picture of, chicken-and-egg-like, stable stagnation. Uncertainty is the one true constant cousin of change and, certainly from my conversations with business [...]

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