Vision, Mission and Values

DSL Business Finance is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), a member of the Community Development Finance Association and the European Microfinance Network. We provide business start-up and growth loans for small businesses and social enterprises that can’t access funding from banks and other traditional sources.

We work to achieve the following aims;

  • Support enterprises and communities to create a more inclusive economy
  • Ensure DSL Business Finance operates sustainably as a business
  • Lead the market as a social enterprise with national and international impact
  • Be an excellent employer


Our vision

We will make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy.


Our mission

To tackle inequality, strengthen communities and improve the performance and impact of businesses which contribute to our society.


Our values

Partnership – our reputation as a trusted partner is critical to everything we do

Respect – we embrace diversity and act with integrity with our clients, staff and stakeholders

Innovation – we seek to bring innovative approaches to everything we do to ensure maximum success

Quality – we deliver and demonstrate high quality outcomes in our work

Leadership – we are committed to using our role as an industry expert to progress the sector

Empowerment – We ensure staff are equipped with the best tools to work with clients to the best of their ability