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SWIG Finance’s Portfolio Manager, Brian Steer, is retiring after 14 years’ service at the end of July.

Brian began his career as a trainee at the Midland Bank (now HSBC) in Okehampton in 1973, and worked his way through the HSBC ranks to become Branch and Commercial Manager for Teignmouth, Dawlish and Newton Abbot before joining SWIG Finance as Business Manager in 2006.


Since joining SWIG, Brian has seen the company triple in size and develop into the region’s leading Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). The growth of the business led to the need for a Portfolio Manager, a role Brian has expertly filled since 2010.

Brian’s well-deserved retirement comes after a particularly challenging period due to COVID-19. Brian has played a pivotal role in supporting SWIG’s customers and overseeing the stability of the company’s loan book over the last few months.

A keen adventurer, Brian is looking forward to spending his retirement exploring new destinations (when it safe to do so), with Canada at the top of his list.

Brian also has three grandchildren who he is looking forward to spending more time with.

Reflecting on his time at SWIG Finance, Brain said “It been a really rewarding experience, I have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to help small and growing businesses to achieve their financial goals”.

SWIG’s Managing Director, John Peters commented “Brian is a very valued team member who will be missed by all of the team at SWIG. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Brian for his hard work over the years, it has been a pleasure working with him”.

The whole team at SWIG Finance wishes Brian a long and happy retirement.