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Lending group appoints new development manager

FOLK2FOLK, the lending platform for local and rural business, has appointed a chapter development manager in a newly created role.

Claire Thayers(pictured) joins FOLK2FOLK at an important growth point for the rural lending business, as it focuses on growing its Local Lending Movement to help hundreds more rural businesses across Britain.

Her role will be to raise FOLK2FOLK's profile across the South West and Three Counties regions, improving awareness of its offering to both borrowers looking for secured debt finance and for local professional partners that can refer clients to the business.

She will be responsible for integrating FOLK2FOLK within the business communities where agriculture, food and drink production, leisure and tourism are key industries in those regions.

Claire Thayers has been a prominent business figure in Cornwall and the Cotswolds for many years, with a proven track record of establishing successful programmes that support rural and local business growth having worked with Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Visit Cornwall, and the Association of Gloucestershire Business Groups.

Most recently, she worked with Gloucester Rugby and Gloucestershire Cricket, founding the Gloucestershire Forwards bi-monthly breakfasts to create a space where businesses and communities can meet, and start conversations to create long-term partnerships to benefit the county.

Giles Cross, CEO of FOLK2FOLK said: "We're delighted that Claire has joined our growing team. Building a strong and vibrant rural economy is vital to our long-term wellbeing and Claire's knowledge, experience and passion for local sustainable business will only strengthen FOLK2FOLK's reputation as a trusted enabler of rural businesses, supporting their plans for growth, development and diversification."

Claire Thayers said: ''I feel very privileged and excited to be joining the FOLK2FOLK team. The opportunity to directly help local and rural businesses is something I am very much looking forward to getting involved in. I have been a big advocate of FOLK2FOLK since meeting them several years ago whilst living in Cornwall."

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