Merchant West Celebrates 20 Years in Financial Services

Articles | Merchant West celebrates 20 years in financial services

Merchant West Financial Services Company

Company constantly strives to deliver flexible, innovative and customised solutions that meet client needs

For two decades, Merchant West has organically grown its business across the financial services sector. Today, as the company celebrates its 20-year anniversary, it is regarded as one of SA’s biggest independent financial services providers.

“The business started in 1998 as a subsidiary within a listed asset management firm,” says Merchant West group CEO Braam Viljoen. “We then recognised the huge potential that existed for a specialised financing business in the local market and subsequently underwent a management buyout in 2002.”

Mike Murray, group sales director at Merchant West, believes a number of subsequent strategic decisions paved the way for the company’s decades-long run of growth. “All business units are independently operated by skilled executives who have surrounded themselves with industry specialists.” 

The directors have also continually reinvested in the business to expand and diversify its product offering over the past 20 years. “During this time, we’ve seen many of our competitors fade away. This inspired us to evolve our business models and service offerings to ensure that we remain relevant in an ever-changing market.”

Viljoen adds that Merchant West’s service offering remains inspired by a fresh, innovative and customised approach to age-old business challenges. “We constantly strive to deliver flexible, innovative and customised solutions that meet our clients’ needs and address prevailing market demands.” 

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