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Michael Coates

Mike’s career in business was sparked by his entrepreneurial spirit in childhood when, at the age of 12, he used his first weekly wage of £6.30 from delivering newspapers to buy ingredients to bake cakes and biscuits, which he sold from his front garden.

Mike’s business acumen (and love for fine foods) continued to develop working for the family delicatessen business, which he managed for 4 years. He later went on to set up Chestnut Finance Ltd mortgage brokers in 2004, and a few years later saw a move to commercial lending and the current business was born.

Mike is very keen to ensure the high levels of ethics and values with which he was brought up are reflected in his company’s business practices. He is proud to say that every client receives the same high level of care and service regardless of deal size or case complexity.

As might be expected, Mike has retained his interest in fine food and wine and now looks on cooking and baking as a way to relax on an evening.