Who Is …? Richard Glavin, Commercial Director, Linked Finance

Donna Ahern interviews Richard Glavin, Chief Commercial Officer of Linked Finance.

How would you describe your role?

I lead the sales and partnership account management teams at Linked Finance, one of Ireland’s leading peer-to-peer digital lenders.

To date, the company has helped over 3,000 Irish SMEs obtain loans across the country.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

I worked as a kitchen porter in a busy restaurant.

This is where I learned the importance of hard work and the value of teamwork.

Collaboration and synergy with colleagues make life and work more rewarding.

What do you like most about your job?

It’s exciting to be part of a fast-growing disruptor in the Irish lending landscape.

Linked Finance prides itself on the speed, simplicity and service provided to thousands of Irish SMEs.

2021 has been a tough year for many SMEs, but business resilience and perseverance can never be underestimated.

I am incredibly proud and honored that we have had the opportunity to support businesses as they reopen or renovate their business.

We saw in the 2021 Tied Finance SME Confidence Indexes that business optimism has returned to pre-pandemic levels, which is encouraging as we head into 2022.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hoping to have succeeded in solidifying the position of Linked Finance as a real alternative to pillar banks.

The company has a proven track record of helping Irish SMEs access secure, transparent and efficient finance.

The goal is to be a true end-to-end digital peer lender delivering industry-leading returns to our investors, innovative flexible products and exceptional service to our borrowers.

What advice would you give to people new to the industry?

Be curious, ask questions, and treat every day like a school day.

What was your worst job, and what was so bad about it?

As a young teenager, I delivered flyers for my father’s business. Although I had the chance to work with my brothers, the work itself was monotonous.

My dad wasn’t too happy either when he caught us throwing the last batch into a dumpster.

What do you think the government could do to help businesses in the current climate?

From our 2021 SME Confidence Index, we saw positive feedback from SMEs on the level of support the government has provided and continues to provide to keep businesses open.

Linked Finance was proud to provide the Government’s COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme to Irish SMEs in 2021.

However, our SME Confidence Index for Q3 2021 found that almost a third (31%) of Irish SMEs are unsure of the requirements needed to act on climate change or the potential impact on their business .

Greater clarity is needed on sustainability requirements, and financial support will be an important factor.

Who are the three business people you most admire and why?

Michael O’Leary – a business titan for three decades who has shown that the Irish can succeed in the international business arena.

Steve Jobs – his vision changed the way we all live today and he also showed great bravery during his illness.

Elon Musk – in just 13 years Tesla has completely transformed the auto industry into a trillion dollar company.

What advertising campaign have you enjoyed the most in recent months?

Specsavers did a great job with their advertising.

The ads are still really fun and memorable, with their tagline part of everyday modern language.

I think he really cut.

What was your favorite grocery brand when you were a kid?

HB Ice Creams – I loved them when I was a kid.

Who would come to your ideal dinner party (alive or dead)?

I’m a humble person, so I’d be very happy to have dinner with my wife, my late father, and my late best friend.

What is the best advice you have received?

No one is more important than you and you are not more important than anyone else.

How much time do you spend on social media in an average week?

Not too. I find it useful to keep up to date with news, as well as to keep in touch with new and old colleagues.

Which fictional character do you most identify with?

I am happy to be myself.

Most likely to say?

It depends who you ask! From a professional point of view, you should ‘keep pushing – everything is possible’.

Least likely to say?

Being an avid golfer, I wish I could say it was “before” but sadly it’s not!

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