The South West’s leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), SWIG Finance, has strengthened its Senior Management Team with two new appointments.

Following a successful recruitment campaign which saw a high level of engagement, two existing team members, Nicola Mapp and Clare Lenihan-Thomas, have been promoted to fill the new roles, which have been created to support the business as it continues to grow.

Nicola Mapp has been promoted to the position Senior Business Manager and will be responsible for leading and supporting SWIG’s team of region-wide Business Managers.

Clare Lenihan-Thomas has been promoted to the position of Credit and Business Manager, which is a key role in the loan assessment and approval process.

Nicola, who is based in Bristol, and Clare, who is based in Truro, both have extensive experience in SME lending in mainstream bank and CDFI settings.

Of the appointments, SWIG Finance’s Managing Director, John Peters said “I’m thrilled that Nic and Clare have progressed into these new roles, and I am sure they will make a fantastic contribution to our business at senior management level. Their promotions are richly deserved.”

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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

For an informal discussion about your funding requirements, get in touch with our friendly and professional team to find out how we can help: / 01872 227 932.