It can be difficult to know where to turn and who has the best option for you when your starting out in business and looking to raise starting capital or when you expanding your business and needs to raise capital for growth.
Women’s Business Station have invited experts from banks, loan companies, capital investors from across our network to provide information on your options so that you can make an informed choice about what is right for you.
Rhonda McFarlane is a Strategic Policy and Projects Officer at Angus Council. She manages the Angus Council funding team and her role spans strategically across the council supporting colleagues with project development, funding advice and support as well as providing support and advice to local businesses, community groups, and individuals helping to identify local, national and European funding opportunities. She currently administers 2 European Funded projects for LEADER and ERDF as well as being a representative of NESFLAG.
Rhonda is a Crowdfunding Coach and lead for Crowdfund Angus, supporting individuals, groups and organisations to create successful Crowdfunding campaigns to reach their funding goals..
Rekha Welsh was appointed as the region’s Loan Officer for DSL Business Finance in December 2016 and supports the delivery of the Scottish Growth Scheme across the North East, Aberdeen and Dundee. This fund provides improved access to finance with very competitive terms, offering loans of up to £25k to start-up and expanding businesses. DSL are also the finance partners for the Digital Development Loan Scheme which allows businesses to apply for loans for digitalisation of their business of up to £100k at 0% over a maximum 5 year period.
Rekha has a vast experience in Business Finance having previously been employed by the RBS for 15 years and will cover off both the Scottish Growth Scheme and the Digital Development Loan Scheme.
Andrew Buchanan Director in Business Banking covering Central Scotland, Fife and Dundee and have a team of 9 Relationship Managers who run a portfolio of around 1500 SMEs. We support local businesses who tend to borrow more than £50k and turnover more than £500k and I have sector specialists in Agriculture, Healthcare and Real Estate Finance. I am qualified through the Chartered Banker Institute and have worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland for 23 years with 16 of those years in Business Banking. My previous roles include being a Relationship Manager in Greenock in Glasgow as well as a Senior Lending Manager to analyse more complicated lending deals across the whole Scotland and all sectors and to upskill and support the development or Relationship Managers in lending and increasing our asset book.
I also am a board member and non-executive director of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Experienced Business Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the financial, professional training & coaching industries. Skilled in Business Planning, Sales, Management, Business Relationship Management, and Risk Management. Strong consulting professional graduated from The Institute of Chartered Bankers.