Matthew Smart

Matthew Smart is founder and CEO of Rural Asset Finance and Rural Asset Management Services who provide finance directly to UK farm-based businesses for equipment, property and diversification projects.
Matthew is a farmer’s son, from a mixed arable and beef farming family in Cambridgeshire who graduated from university and entered BNP Paribas Lease Group’s graduate training scheme in the early 1990s.
Since 2001 Matthew has founded and managed various agricultural lenders supporting UK farmers; his team have built a loyal SME client base which includes the most productive and entrepreneurial UK farmers and landowners by using their niche knowledge and grassroots understanding of the farms various financing needs as they have evolved over the last 25 years.