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Exclusive Interview: Alyson Macnamara, Investment Executive, Finance Wales


alyson-macnarmara-people-pageAlyson Macnamara – supporting businesses in south east Wales.

Alyson Macnamara, Investment Executive, Micro Loans Team at Finance Wales.

How long have you worked at Finance Wales? Could you give us a quick career history?     

I joined Finance Wales in January 2016, so I’ve been here for nearly a year. Before joining the micro loans team – where I help structure loans from £1,000 up to £50,000 – I worked as a business relationship manager for Barclays, managing a select portfolio of SMEs. I’ve a lot of experience of offering bespoke solutions to clients. I’ve also been a business mentor at SFEDI, the UK Sector Skills Body for Enterprise.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love cycling, going to the gym, musical theatre, travelling to new and exciting places and spending quality time with my children and my delightful grandchildren .

What range of businesses do you deal with?

We’re a very flexible team at Finance Wales and I have lent to every kind of business from retail to engineering firms, IT companies and catering businesses.

I’ve recently helped structure a £50,000 loan, along with co-investment from Barclays, to support Andrew Bayliss Hairdressing to buy the property he’s currently operating from in Agincourt Square, Monmouth. It’s a growing business and this loan is typical of the ways in which we can support sole traders and micro businesses.

Another recent £20,000 loan helped  Chocci Cake Company to open their first chocolate shop in the beautiful grounds of Tredegar House.

What’s the Monmouthshire business scene like?

There’s a vibrant business community in Monmouthshire, it’s an exciting patch to work on. We work closely with the local banks, advisers, council and of course businesses themselves.

I’m currently looking forward to speaking at the next Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce event  at the end of January at the Bridges Community Centre Monmouth. I’m keen to meet new businesses as well as connecting with existing portfolio clients. I’m also holding a ‘Grow your business’ deal clinic in the Newport Velodromewhich companies from across south east Wales can come along to.

Could you tell us about what sort of things the microloans fund can help with?

Micro loans from Finance Wales can help with a range of loans for start-up costs, through to cash-flow lending or money for the purchase of new equipment and premises.

Finance Wales launched a fast track process for smaller loans earlier this year, how does this work?

Businesses or sole traders who have been trading for more than two years can apply for a fast track decision – that’s a decision made within two working days – for loans between £1,000 and £5,000.

I’m a business interested in a microloan – how do I get in touch?

Feel free to contact me directly by email [email protected]   or my call my direct line 02920 338173.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Finance Wales is holding a ‘Grow your business’ drop in surgery from 9.30pm  – 5pm on 17th January 2017  at The Velodrome , Newport NP19 4RB

Alyson Macnamara , our locally-based South Wales Investment Executive, is dedicated to ensuring the businesses she works with secure the funding they need to grow and to unlock additional capital by working with your bank or other advisers. Come and talk to Alyson about your business and plans for 2017.

Businesses can apply for micro loans from £1,000 to £50,000 from Finance Wales which can be used to start or expand a business, to purchase new equipment or stock or even to buy a business.

If you are interested, please email [email protected] to book a 20 mins slot.

Alternatively call her on 029 2033 8173.

Event Grow your business drop-in surgery
Date Tuesday 17th January , 2017
Time From 9.30am  – 5.00 pm
Slots Please book 20 minute sessions
Venue Velodrome Newport NP19 4RB



The Development Bank of Wales exists to help businesses in Wales start up, strengthen and grow, by getting them the capital they need across a range of routes.

As a unique resource in Wales, we offer flexible finance to all businesses at all stages, with funds available from £1,000 to £10million.

Our teams of friendly and dedicated staff all across Wales are on hand to provide guidance on the right investment and support for your business, and can provide the local insight which we know business owners value.

We’re one of the top five institutional venture capital investors in the UK by volume, with more than £100m invested in tech businesses.

We also work alongside partner organisations like Business Wales, and offers co-investment alongside banks, crowd funders, grants, private and corporate investors and other lenders.

And we’re committed to helping Welsh businesses improve their sustainability and achieving net-zero goals, helping them to transition to Wales’ green business future.

For more information, visit the Development Bank website at to find out more.


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