UKSE has announced two new appointments, with Steve Lyon and Michael Hydari joining the organisation in the roles of Regional Executive and Investment Executive respectively.

UKSE helps businesses to grow by providing investment capital and loans of up to £1m, as well as premises in its innovation centres. The company supports business owners to achieve their objectives, whether that’s through growth capital or helping finance a management buy-out. UKSE also has wider social objectives which can make the company a more sympathetic investor than many financial institutions.

Steve Lyon, who has joined the company’s regional team covering the Sheffield City Region and the Humber area, boasts extensive experience in providing corporate finance, having previously worked with RBS and Natwest before becoming a finance broker and working with the regional Growth Hub.

Michael Hydari also joins as an Investment Executive from Luxon Payments, where he has worked as a Risk Analyst for the past three years. Commenting on his new role, he said: “I’m delighted to be joining UKSE as an Investment Executive.

“I’ll be working to help small businesses with loan and equity finance, and I can’t wait to get out on the road and meet some great business owners and their teams.”

Commenting on his role, Steve Lyon said: “UKSE have a great reputation for helping local communities. Their history of creating job opportunities and investing in innovative and ambitious businesses in the region is what underpins my decision to join their team.

“As Regional Executive I am looking forward to building relationships with businesses looking for investment, as well as local professional advisers.”

Commenting on the appointments Keith Williams, Regional Manager at UKSE, said: “We are pleased to welcome two talented, highly-experienced individuals to our team. Steve and Michael both bring an impressive set of skills to the table, and we look forward to working with them.

“As companies recover from the turmoil of the last 12 months, new opportunities are arising and we will continue to support companies to grow and make the most of those opportunities. These two appointments support that aim.”

UKSE is a shareholder in companies such as Rotherham-based Architectural Fabrications, building products supplier Tekfloor and Abbeydale Food Group.