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

The Perks Of Height When Planning Your Money

Unlike now, where all headlines lead back to Covid, there was a time when almost every day a piece of scientific data was released amongst the general news to make us question our lifestyle choices. Some eighteen years ago I read such an article relating financial...

Exercise Your Wallet

It’s complicated. I was reminded just how complicated when I was doing an end-of-year office clearance. At the beginning of 2020 money goals were strong across ages. By the third quarter, the year that took more away than it gave, had beaten back goals across all...

Progress The New Normal

Download the MP3 here It is not a new normal for `business' to be cautious before execution, nor is it a new normal to prioritize and protect liquidity. Reinforced by emerging Ad campaigns (scaffolded with buzzwords) the new normal is a place of empathy, staying at...

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