Sandra McLean named Outstanding Loan Officer at UK Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Sandra McLean of DSL Business Finance Ltd based in Govan has been awarded a national accolade at The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA), delivered in partnership by Responsible Finance and the Citi Foundation. The awards champion the thriving small businesses of Britain and home-grown entrepreneurs and the support services provided by loan funds across the UK. The ceremony took place at an awards dinner in Cardiff on the 28th March.

Sandra manages the new Scottish Microfinance Fund for DSL, which delivers Scottish loans for Scottish businesses. The Scottish Microfinance Fund is a Scottish Government initiative supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), DSL Business Finance (DSL) and The Start Up Loans Company (SULCo) and aims to provide improved access to finance with very competitive terms. The fund offers an interest rate of six per cent and no arrangement or early repayment fees.

Sandra said of her win: “I love my job, working with business owners day-in and day-out to help them to take the leap whether starting or growing a business, so to be selected for this award is a great honour. Access to microfinance is crucial to help the Scottish and wider UK economy to flourish, so it’s great to see the support for loan fund providers and business owners from the CMA.”

Jennifer Tankard, Chief Executive of Responsible Finance, said: “Sandra’s commitment to DSL Business Finance and to supporting small businesses is inspiring. Her track record of delivering loans, her high standards and sense of social justice make Sandra a very deserving winner of this award.

“Loan officers like Sandra are the stars of the responsible finance industry. Their hard work and dedication enable the industry to support thousands of people and businesses each year. The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards enable us to celebrate their achievements and showcase how they are changing lives.”