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Five mins with…Craig Nel

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In the latest of our ‘Five mins with…’ series we meet Craig Nel, Paragon SME Lending’s new Business Development Manager for the Transportation team.

Craig has extensive experience in the van finance market and holds the skills and focus to grow Paragon’s lending in this sector.  

But enough business talk…we’re here to get to know Craig! To connect with Craig on LinkedIn, visit his profile.

If you had your own SME, what would it be? No idea is too bizarre or quirky!

Motorcycles are one of my passions so running a motorcycle dealership/guided motorcycle tour, naturally somewhere hot and close to a beach!

Prior to your current role, did you have another dream career when you were growing up?

I always wanted to become a pilot. I scratched the itch in my younger years by taking up hang gliding and paragliding as a hobby but unfortunately since moving to North Lincolnshire this has fallen away as there are no decent sized hills to jump off!

What are you looking forward to most in your role, anything exciting you can reveal to us?

I have always enjoyed business development and the satisfaction of growing a region naturally. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with some old contacts and helping to support and develop our new introducers.  

As you’re working with ambitious entrepreneurs, who are your 3 top business icons?

Elon Musk, Jan Koum and Larry Page.

Visit Paragon SME Lending’s Commercial Vehicle Finance page to find out more about how we support clients in this market.  

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