Leadership

About our senior staff

Michael Hird

Owner, Executive Advisor, and Problem Solver 

From a background of building engineering and project management, and following the impact to the construction industry in the early 1990’s, Michael 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 business owners, sole traders, landlords, freelancers…. and their families.

A seasoned specialist in business and property finance, with a twist of independence, he now deals with alternative and less well-known, as well as major player finance providers.

 

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Doesn’t like wasting money

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Doesn’t like wasting time

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Managing Tripwires...

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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

What’s Your Money Mantra?

  What am I to do? I don’t want anyone to do what they don’t want to do, but I want them to do what I want them to do, for whatever they want to do.   Lenders over-lending to some borrowers has been curbed by regulation, the acid risk-assessment is the moment of an [...]

Undiscovered Upset

I read another story. In this one, I learnt that some States in the U.S. allegedly still use jail as a method for some types of unpaid debts - unpaid medical bills, student loans and (in this case) the Vet bill can all get you handcuffed, and a mugshot taken. The stories from the report, [...]

Losing Control

In true Social Media fashion, I want to share a fascinating article that I came across about someone who sold his fate to investors. A publicly traded person. He decided he was valued at 100,000 shares ($1 apiece), return on profits was made outside of his day job. He sold shares and the reality of his [...]

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