SME Finance: The Next Chapter (Virtual Round Table Event)


TIME: 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

This is a unique opportunity to hear from leading industry experts on how the finance landscape might unfold in the wake of COVID-19. 

With 9.6m staff placed on furlough, almost a quarter of all businesses shutting shop and the UK now officially in a recession, this year has been an uncertain time for business owners.

Government intervention has seen, amongst other things, the introduction of grants, enhanced loan guarantees and business support platforms in efforts to financially stabilise the business population.

Following overwhelming demand, at the time of writing over £3.3bn has been lent to South West based SME’s under the CBIL guarantee and BBL schemes. With these initiatives up for review in September and November, we reflect on their (and other interventions) impact and discuss “what’s next?” for the smaller business community.

Please join us as we discuss a diverse range of perspectives with a panel of local independent and national industry professionals, whilst also hearing from prominent business community leaders. In addition, we welcome any questions you may have for our panel prior to the event.


  • Paul Jones – Senior Manager UK Network Team South West, British Business Bank
  • Paul O’Collins – Head of Innovation, Business West
  • John Peters – Managing Director, SWIG Finance
  • Lydia Samuel– Entrepreneurship Lead, ACH Bristol
  • Jon Field – Commercial Banking Director, Metro Bank
  • Paul Handford – Communications Director, Resonance Ltd

SWIG Finance are aiming to host collaborative events across the South West, to register your interest please email [email protected]

Do I Need Business Finance? SWIG’s Business Manager, Jordan Berg, explores the reasons why your business may need external funding, and how to calculate how much funding you may need.

About SWIG Finance 

SWIG Finance is the South West’s leading Community Development Financial Institution. We are passionate about bringing social and economic benefits to people and places in the South West.

We do this by providing support and finance to Start-ups and growing SMEs that can create and secure employment opportunities.

As the South West’s leading delivery partner for Start Up Loans UK, we can provide start-up loans from £500 – £25,000. For more information visit

We also have loans from £10,000 to £250,000 available to South West SMEs who cannot access sufficient funding from their bank

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