Equestrian company presses ahead with import activity following finance boost

Written by Greg Parkinson

Bradford-based Matchmakers International, which produces equestrian kit including headwear, safety equipment, footwear and saddles, has secured a £3.75 funding package from Bibby Financial Services.

Servicing a broad client base, from multinationals through to small, independent retailers, the financial boost is expected to help support the company’s import activity.

Liz Hopper, managing director at Matchmakers International, said: “As a company with heritage brands, we have enjoyed serving our customers for decades. We are now looking forward to focusing on developing and selling to an increasing array of businesses and consumers. We recently celebrated our most successful month, and as we approach 2017, we are excited to further establish ourselves as a leading company in this industry.”

BFS’ head of corporate (North), Dan Burton, led the transaction. He said: “Matchmakers International is highly regarded in its industry and has been well-loved by horse enthusiasts for decades. It is a company which shares our family values, as well as our Northern heritage.

“The key to structuring this bespoke package for the business, was working hand-in-hand with the team at Matchmakers and leveraging our expanding product portfolio. We’ve had great success combining Invoice Discounting with Trade Finance for a number of clients in 2016, and our agreement with Matchmakers is testament to our capability in this area of corporate funding.”

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