For the next instalment of our SME Finance series, we are bringing together a fresh panel of experts from the West of England to explore how SMEs can begin to recover from the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

 With the success of the vaccine roll out and the government’s roadmap going to plan, recovery is at the forefront of every business agenda.

SME Finance Series

Since our last debate, the initial government support via CBILS and BBLs has now come to an end and a new initiative has been introduced: The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS).

And whilst certainty continues to grow, there are still some tough challenges ahead for many businesses.

Our third event in our “SME Finance” series will reflect on the last quarter and look ahead at the Recovery Phase to explore what challenges and opportunities might arise, and how SMEs might respond.

For the event, we have another fresh panel of experts from the West of England who can share their insights to help us better understand the current market conditions.

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

When: Thursday 20th May 2021 11:00am – 12:00pm via Zoom
Register Here:

Paul Jones – Senior Manager UK Network Team South West, British Business Bank
John Peters – Managing Director of SWIG Finance
Poku Osei – Chief Executive Officer at Babbasa
Terry Wolfendale – Head of Regional Broking at Newable Finance
Simon Crichton – Head of Relationship Management at Triodos
Angela Appiah Shippey – Director, Corporate & Business Services at Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants

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

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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

We also have loans from £25,000 to £250,000 available to South West SMEs who cannot access sufficient funding from their bank