SWIG Finance invites you to join our Round Table Virtual Event SME Finance: The Year Ahead


TIME: 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

As part of our ongoing SME Finance series, we are bringing together a fresh panel of experts from the West of England to discuss the opportunities and challenges that 2021 might bring.

As we navigate through the inescapable “tough winter”, businesses have had to endure continued lockdowns and changing tiered restrictions. The only certainty is uncertainty.

With promises of mass vaccine deployment and some form of light at the end of the tunnel, what does the year ahead look like for the finance and wider business community?

The second event in our “SME Finance” series takes a holistic approach to reflecting upon the last three months and looks ahead to what challenges and opportunities 2021 may present us with.

To help us overview and understand the SME Finance landscape in the West of England, we are bringing together a panel of local and national industry experts to share their insight into current market conditions.

During the webinar, amongst other aspects, we will discuss the current guidance for local businesses and review the government lending schemes.

If you would like to submit a question for our panel, please send these ahead of time to [email protected]


  • Laura Barrow – Finance Director of Bristol and Bath Regional Capital
  • Julia Guy – Area Director Business Banking of Santander
  • John Hirst – CEO of Destination Bristol
  • Paul Jones – Senior Manager UK Network Team South West, British Business Bank
  • John Peters – Managing Director of SWIG Finance
  • Briony Phillips – Scale Up Lead, Rocketmakers

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

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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 https://www.swigfinance.co.uk/start-up-loans/

We also have loans from £10,000 to £250,000 available to South West SMEs who cannot access sufficient funding from their bank https://www.swigfinance.co.uk/funds-available/