The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 4 March 2006

Asset finance broker

First Independent Finance

appoints director in Aberdeen


The UK's largest asset finance broker First Independent Finance Ltd with its headquarters in Stewarton, Ayrshire, is delighted to announce the appointment of Innes Bruce (58) as Area Director responsible for developing the Aberdeen area.

Innes brings a wealth of experience with him, having spent his entire working life in the finance industry, including time with Bowmaker, Forward Trust, HSBC and latterly Clydesdale Bank Asset Finance as sales manager.

A keen golfer, Innes was born and educated in Aberdeen, where he still lives with his wife Lynn. The couple have two daughters, Claire and Amy.

Commenting on his new appointment, Innes said: “This new post will allow me to offer a very flexible asset finance service in Aberdeen and the Grampian region as a whole. I look forward to developing the name and increasing the profile of First Independent Finance Ltd - a very progressive and forward looking company. We can offer a wide range of solutions to both private and business/industrial clients who need flexible asset finance facilities.”

First Independent Finance Ltd managing director Allan Ross said: "The Grampian area is a growing economy that we have looked to service for the past few years. It has not been easy to find an individual who really knows the local area, the local businesses and has the experience that customers can rely on. Innes Bruce is that man.

"He has a history of building strong service-based relationships with many Aberdeen businesses, and we are delighted that he has agreed to represent us to the Aberdeen business community.

"Aberdeen was very much the missing part of the Scottish jigsaw, with Gordon Scott in Inverness and Jim Gauld in Blairgowrie. Innes, Jim and Gordon will work together to ensure that all our Northern cusstomers receive excellence in Service. Clearly a special bond will exist between Innes and Gordon who will both cover substantial parts of the Highlands and Grampian."

Gordon D Scott (61) represents First Independent Finance in the Highlands, which is appropriate, as Gordon was born in Nairn and brought up in Helmsdale and Inverness.

Schooled at Inverness Royal Academy, he left to join the then National Commercial Bank. There followed posts with North West Securities and General Guarantee Corporation before becoming a self-employed finance broker in association with Highland Credit & Leasing Services for 15 years.

Gordon joined First Independent Finance in 2002 following an approach by managing director Allan Ross, as he could see the potential with a forward looking company who made the most of IT and training.

Gordon’s interests outside work include gardening, golf - he is a past President of Inverness Golf Club, and Petanque (Boule) - he is Chairman of Inverness Petanque Club and Treasurer of the Scottish Petanque Association.

Gordon lives in Inverness with his wife Pat. The couple have one daughter, Claire.

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