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In September we launched the Close Brothers Training Academy, a nine-month programme incorporating workshops, on-the-job training and online learning via our specially developed portal. For the inaugural programme we selected 34 students from different backgrounds and skill-sets, to learn our vision of best practice.

Ultimately, the programme was created to grow a new generation of financial leaders. But the first milestone is to equip them with a full understanding of what asset finance can do.

The September 2015 intake sees participants active in three of our divisions: Transport, Print and Industrial Equipment. The training facility is based in our state-of-the-art new headquarters in Wimbledon.

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It will fast track their knowledge of customers, products and markets, so that on completion they will hit the ground running as trainee area sales managers. By the summer of 2016, therefore, we expect this programme will have created 34 executives with vision and serious management potential.

The Training Academy is an investment in the future of our business, but also for that of our industry, which badly needs a steady flow of gifted and qualified people to serve our customers in the best way possible.

We decided to grow our own by investing in the future. If we continue to invest in good people theyll spread the word and it will help to make sure asset finance remains an important part of the UK economy, boosting growth for decades to come.

Mike Randall is the CEO of Close Brothers Asset Finance. The firm offersflexible funding options including hire purchase, leasing and refinancing, and has 2,900 members of staff most of which are in the UK. You can follow Close Brothers on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn.

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