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About Bluestone Group

Our Locations

Cambridge

Our Group Head office and home to our fintech business, Fignum

London

Bluestone Mortgages

Sheffield

Bluestone Consumer Finance and Bluestone Mortgages

Dublin

Bluestone Motor Finance, Ireland

Investor Relations

From our very beginning, Bluestone has worked closely with a broad range of private equity and investment businesses to forge valued, often long-term relationships. Additionally, we have undertaken numerous successful securitisation programmes and portfolio acquisitions. Our success has been centred upon a combination of a clear and considered strategy, open communication, a  fully committed team and a culture centred upon ethical success.

We are always open to discussions with investors and as the many long-term partnerships forged over the years demonstrates, our success has been continuing and enduring.

Lending

Lending is as old as money itself, but, like all areas of financial services, lending is changing; Bluestone is at the forefront of these changes in helping the growing number of consumers and SMEs whose circumstances mean that traditional lenders may not address their needs.

Bluestone is an award-winning specialist in the specialist market for residential mortgages in the UK and motor finance in the Republic of Ireland.

The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has reiterated the importance of the type of specialist lending Bluestone businesses deliver. Combining leading-edge fintech digital capabilities with a human touch to create a compelling hybrid approach that is helping a growing number of people buy the car, van or home they want.

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Portfolio Management

Bluestone specialises in acquiring and managing portfolios of loans, particularly challenging loans and legacy portfolios.

Portfolio sales can be particularly attractive to vendors looking to limit their exposure to further losses and either release capital or reduce the risk that further capital will be needed to support a portfolio. Other interested parties include lenders exiting a jurisdiction or asset class, mortgagee's in possession, or the administrators of struggling ventures.

We also look after mortgage and asset-backed securities. Many of these securities are now classified as illiquid and impaired, potentially preventing owners from holding them efficiently. We understand the complex credit and liquidity issues within these securities and how to price and manage them effectively to optimise returns.

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Credit Management

Bluestone Consumer Finance has been operating in the credit management sector for fifty years. It is an acknowledged expert with a UK-based team helping people to address past credit and debt issues. The business works on behalf of many household brand-consumer credit and lending brands across the credit spectrum and with public sector bodies. Additionally, the business is an active buyer of debt portfolios.

People affected by debt and the lenders they have or had an agreement with can all be confident that Bluestone has an ethical approach to helping them.

Working one-to-one with people, the team can tailor affordable repayment schedules to lift the unwelcome financial and mental burdens that unresolved debt issues can present.

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FinTech

Bluestone is committed to enhancing its fintech capabilities and to making these available to other organisations.

The fintech innovations developed by Bluestone's Fignum business are centred upon enriching the capabilities of traditional and emerging financial services providers, taking the friction out of existing processes, improving customers journeys, taking non-value-adding costs out of financial services and enhancing cash flow.

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Environmental, Social & Governance

Across the Bluestone Group, we are dedicated to our mission of being recognised as a responsible financial business, fully committed to the letter and, more importantly, principles of sustainability and ever mindful of our impact on society and the environment. This mission is written into our corporate governance considerations, policies, processes and products as we seek continuous improvements as part of our strategy for long-term growth.

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Our companies are always looking to recruit because we believe the foundation for success lies with our employees.

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Management Team

Alistair Jeffrey

Founder & Chairman - Bluestone Group

Peter McGuinness

CEO - Bluestone Group

Steve Seal

CEO - Bluestone Mortgages

Deborah Stokes

Managing Director - Credit Management

Donal Murphy

Managing Director - Bluestone Motor Finance, Ireland

Mark Ashman

CEO - Fignum

Alistair Jeffrey

Alistair established Bluestone in Australia in 2000 following a career in investment banking in the UK, initially with Goldman Sachs and later with Nomura. In 2009 he moved back to the UK to establish Bluestone’s European operations. Alistair Chair’s Bluestone’s Group Board, and is responsible for implementing Board strategy within the various business units, maintaining Bluestone’s culture, compliance framework, policies and driving overall financial performance.

Peter McGuinness

Peter was appointed Group CEO in December 2016 after holding previous roles within the Group including CEO EU, CEO of Capital Management, CEO of Bluestone Equity Release and Chief Finance Officer of Bluestone Group. Peter is a qualified chartered accountant with a wealth of experience in the finance industry and non-bank mortgage originations.

Steve Seal

Steve was appointed as Managing Director of Bluestone Mortgages in August 2019. Steve brings 20 years of financial services experience in the UK and has also held various Sales roles at Virgin Money, Chelsea Building Society and Barclays.

Deborah Stokes

Deborah has 23 years experience in the debt collection and debt purchase industry in operations, project implementation and technical roles.

When Deborah joined the company in 1999 she operated in an Operational Project Management role for 4 years before stepping up to become Head of Recoveries in 2003 for 5 years before overseeing Compliance and IT systems. She was then involved in a Group HR and Facilities role covering 6 offices in UK, Ireland, Philippines and Australia. In 2016 Deborah returned to operational management becoming General Manager of Bluestone Credit Management responsible for all operational aspects of the company and was appointed as Managing Director in 2020.

Donal Murphy

Donal holds over 26 years’ experience in the Car Finance Industry.  Previous Roles include National Sales Manager with GE Money. Donal also held Senior Management Roles within the Collections and Customer Services area so has an in-depth knowledge of the Customer journey.

Mark Ashman

Mark Ashman was appointed as CIO to the Bluestone Group in July 2019, then CEO of Fignum in 2020. Mark brings 30 years of Technology financial services experience, living and working in the UK, Asia and Europe and has also held roles at The Bank of England and BNP Paribas.

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