Leadership

About our senior staff

Michael Hird

Owner, Consultant and Problem Solver 

From a background of building engineering, project management, development and Certification, Michael then mixed his sector knowledge and engaged with Property Finance. Having been a Senior Development Engineer and Executive Structural Engineer within manufacturing and contracting, he was also able to develop key strength and knowledge of business finance.
His quantitative and qualitative knowledge and experience of financial solutions was built upon and has contributed to, significant insight and support for SME’s, Business Owners, Sole Traders, Landlords, Freelancers…. and their families.
A seasoned specialist in business and property finance, with a twist of Independence, he deals with alternative and less well-known, as well as major player finance providers.
Michael has served as both Regional Chair and member of CIOB Professional Practice Board, been a platform speaker at the London Stock Exchange on Data Security within Financial Services, and has worked with the BBC and Radio 4 on finance and mortgage related topics.

 

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Doesn’t like wasting money

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Doesn’t like wasting time

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Manages

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`Risk comes with not knowing what you’re doing’ – Warren Buffet

Innovative Ideas

`Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people’ – Steve Jobs

Performance-driven

` Plan, Strategy, Review’ – Step-Up Finance

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Clear Communication

`The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me’ – Ayn Rand

Recent Blog Posts

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

Stay Safe

I was listening to someone talking about Covid-19 and (again) the metaphor of War was being used. Little wonder with the lockdowns, the queuing, the rationing, the checkpoints and the war-talk of Presidents, Prime Ministers and prices. A war chest of loans is being brought out to fight the financial difficulties for businesses – I’m [...]

Leave Nothing Out: Do’s And Don’ts For Loans And Mortgages

For any loan or mortgage to work, Risk Control should be at the forefront from the off. I’ve said before, lenders measure risk - so how can borrowers do the same to achieve a successful outcome? I am an advocate (no surprise) of someone being equipped with highly experienced support. Someone with a track record, [...]

Adjusting Finances In A Quantum Leap Year Or Day

As far as a Calendar is able to show, the new decade has entered into a year that is supposed to put the world back in sync.   The physical time of the Earths’ rotation around the Sun, compared to that of the set Seasons each year, is marginally different to what we are able [...]

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