Alyson Macnamara – supporting businesses in south east Wales
How long have you worked at Finance Wales? Could you
give us a quick career history?
I joined Finance Wales in January 2016, so I’ve been here for
nearly a year. Before joining the micro loans team - where I help
structure loans from £1,000 up to £50,000 - I worked as a business
relationship manager for Barclays, managing a select portfolio of
SMEs. I’ve a lot of experience of offering bespoke solutions to
clients. I’ve also been a business mentor at SFEDI, the UK Sector
Skills Body for Enterprise.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love cycling, going to the gym, musical theatre, travelling to
new and exciting places and spending quality time with my children
and my delightful grandchildren.
What range of businesses do you deal with?
We’re a very flexible team at Finance Wales and I have lent to
every kind of business from retail to engineering firms, IT
companies and catering businesses.
I’ve recently helped structure a £50,000 loan, along with
co-investment from Barclays, to support Andrew Bayliss Hairdressing
to buy the property he’s currently operating from in Agincourt
Square, Monmouth. It’s a growing business and this loan is typical
of the ways in which we can support sole traders and micro
Another recent £20,000 loan helped Chocci Cake Company to
open their first chocolate shop in the beautiful grounds of
What’s the Monmouthshire business scene like?
There’s a vibrant business community in Monmouthshire, it’s an
exciting patch to work on. We work closely with the local banks,
advisers, council and of course businesses themselves.
I’m currently looking forward to speaking at the next Monmouth
and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce event at the end
of January at the Bridges Community Centre Monmouth. I’m keen to
meet new businesses as well as connecting with existing portfolio
clients. I’m also holding a ‘Grow your business’ deal clinic in the
Newport Velodrome on 17th January which companies from across south
east Wales can come along to.
Could you tell us about what sort of things the
microloans fund can help with?
Micro loans from Finance Wales can help with a range of loans for
start-up costs, through to cash-flow lending or money for the
purchase of new equipment and premises.
Finance Wales launched a fast track process for smaller loans
earlier this year, how does this work?
Businesses or sole traders who have been trading for more than two
years can apply for a fast track decision – that’s a decision made
within two working days - for loans between £1,000 and £5,000. You
can apply through our website - www.financewales.co.uk.
I’m a business interested in a microloan - how do I get
Feel free to contact me directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or my call my direct line 02920 338173.