Metro Bank has announced the appointment of Francine Allen as head of franchise finance.
Allen will be responsible for growing Metro Bank’s franchise financing, and developing working partnerships with franchisors and franchisees. She will report to Jason Oakley, managing director of Commercial Banking.
Before joining Metro Bank, Allen spent over a decade with HSBC, working closely with established franchise communities, top multi-unit operators and franchisors.
“We are delighted to have Allen on board to develop and grow franchising for Metro Bank. Our strong customer service ethos, speed of delivery and sector specific capability makes our proposition a strong choice for the franchise community. Her appointment demonstrates our commitment to working in close partnership with this community and we want them to know that we’re open for business and here to help,” said Oakley.
This appointment comes at a significant time for Metro Bank and follows the opening of the bank’s 16th store across London and the South East. Metro Bank plans to grow to 28 outlets by the end of 2013, and 200 by 2020.