About Us

Synergy in Trade is the company that likes to find a solution for clients even if other institutions have not. The company was founded in 2006 by David Slinger and Cassandra McAlpine who are co-directors, and has grown over the years to employ a team of staff that have very many years of experience in trade finance. Some come from the banking sector, some have learned their skills over years spent working at Synergy.

Synergy in Trade is the essential partner for UK companies trading internationally that do not have their own dedicated import or export staff.

We are experts in the field of letters of credit & our main function is to produce shipping documents under L/C’s and present to the bank for payment. We have an unrivalled track record in this regard & our meticulous & methodical approach gives our clients complete confidence in our ability to ensure that payment is made promptly.

If you are not the manufacturer of the goods, we are able to use the export letter of credit as security, to enable us to issue our own letter of credit to the supplier. This back to back credit arrangement is invaluable to traders who are just unable to get the support they need from their bank. Using this arrangement it also alleviates problems with businesses who are using transferable credits to facilitate their trade transactions.

Transferable credits by their nature are quite restrictive & businesses are often frustrated by their inflexibility & tendency to disclose the names of all the parties to a transaction. A back to back credit facility opens up a whole new world to the trader & with its flexibility gives far more opportunities for businesses to expand.

Synergy also provides invaluable support to UK importers by financing the purchase of goods from overseas suppliers until they get paid by their customers. Synergy compliments the services of banks and offers bespoke and flexible solutions to assist the SME market.

Synergy has very strong relationships with our client base, and we are seen as an integral part of their business and are constantly on hand to give guidance on all aspects of international trade. Virtually all new business and new markets are by recommendation or introduction from existing contacts. Synergy is synonymous with quality and accuracy. We are committed to our clients and they benefit from our close working relationship.

Our Directors

David gained his international trade and credit experience as a Senior International Trade Manager at HSBC over many years and has become one of the foremost trade finance experts. He thinks creatively and if there is a structured financing solution to be found he will find it, and if there isn’t one he will endeavour to create a new one! For the client this means there may be a solution at Synergy that can’t be found elsewhere. His determination and exprience is perfectly matched by the operational skills of his co-director.

Cassandra transferred from a senior position within ANZ Sydney, arriving in the U.K. with a suitcase full of enthusiasm and a formidable reputation. With her extensive skills set, she soon established herself as an indispensable guide and supporter of U.K. businesses, particularly those struggling to negotiate the often hazardous waters of International Trade. Teaming up with David to form Synergy in 2006 she has been the Operations Director and has a reputation for being able to think on her feet when problems arise and getting the transactions across the line no matter what. Including taking off for Lahore solo at short notice as a one-woman deputation to convince a buyer’s dubious male executives how they were going to cooperate with her and get things done. Which they duly did. Just one example of many of her energy and determination.

With over 40 years experience in banking supporting companies working internationally, Mark is our Sales Director covering the south of the country from the Midlands to the South Coast. Having now worked at Synergy for over 8 years, Mark has continued to build his wealth of experience in finding the right funding solutions for clients importing & exporting.