Key Account Manager for Technology Partners & Clients
Ben Howe travels all over the UK supporting businesses in the technology sector that want to offer finance as a payment option to their customers, or make use of finance for their own growth. It’s a varied and busy role, but if we have to sum up Ben’s approach in just a few words, we’d describe him as committed, hardworking, curious, and kind.
Where it all began
Ben was born and raised in a small village outside Sheffield called Oughtibridge, and since childhood he has had one consistent passion.
“I have lived and breathed football for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory is going to watch my first Sheffield Wednesday match when I was 6 years old. I can still remember the journey, the noises, and the smells.”
For a long time young Ben was convinced he would play professionally for Sheffield Wednesday when he grew up. Later in his school career, however, he developed other interests alongside his commitment to the beautiful game, including skills in design and technology, and a determination to make his own way in the world.
The world of work
Ben started his working life with no less than 3 after school and weekend paper rounds (one of which paid him just 2p per paper). While studying for his A levels at college, Ben spent most evenings working in a high street clothing store, but when the time came to choose between further study or earning a living, Ben knew what he wanted to do.
“I had been accepted to my first choice university and had the grades I needed, but as I held my A level results in my hand I decided that spending more time in education was not for me. I cancelled my university application and got out into the world as soon as I could.”
Ben did not give himself an easy introduction to the world of work, however, as his first jobs were in direct marketing, selling gas and electricity door to door, selling at events, and selling insurance.
Working at Bluestone
Ben has been working in the technology sales and the finance sector since 2015, joining the Bluestone Leasing team in early 2018.
“Bluestone offered me the opportunity to develop my skills more than any other employer I’ve had before. The team I work with are knowledgeable and approachable, and they’ve really invested in me and my career.”
One of the best parts of the job, Ben says, is that he has been able to visit almost every major city in the UK in his efforts to meet with new and existing partners as much as possible.
What does the future hold for Ben?
When not playing football, training young football players, or watching Sheffield Wednesday matches, Ben tries to travel as much as he can.
“I love to explore the places that tourists rarely go, meeting local people and seeing the ‘real’ parts of a country. Next on my list is a multi-city trip across America either on a plane or by driving Route 66.”
In his free time Ben also likes to take long walks through the countryside (especially when it ends with a roast dinner in a country pub). When it comes to his work, Ben is never happier than when he is out on the road and meeting new people, and his approach to his work is much like his approach to life: