We’re chatting with another member of the Business Support Team for the latest instalment of our ‘Meet the Staff’ series. Headed up by Damian Baetens, the Business Support team is at the forefront of the application process and are the friendly bunch who will advise you on your business plan, hopes and dreams! Say hello to Allison Lister who explains a little about her previous experience, current day to day activities and her hobbies away from the office.

What is your current position at Transmit Start-Ups? Tell us a little about your role and what it entails.

I am a Business Advisor and Assessment Co-Ordinator, my role therefore involves supporting clients to ensure their loan applications are complete, and then assessing their personal survival budget, business plan and cash-flow forecast to ensure the loan is affordable and the business is viable.

What does a typical day at Transmit Start-Ups look like for you?

Typically my day involves reviewing business plans and financial forecasts, giving feedback to customers, and discussing their future plans to determine the best course of action to meet their needs and aspirations.

What is your background prior to joining Transmit Start-Ups and what made you decide to join the company?

I worked at the Big Lottery Fund for over 17 years as both a Contract Manager and Funding Officer and in that time assessed funding applications and managed grants on a wide variety of funding programmes. This role at Transmit feels like the perfect next step to develop my career, as I am able to use my skills to assess funding proposals but with a new client base which is more focussed on commercial viability.

What do you like to do away from the office to relax, do you have any hobbies or other interests?

I am an amateur artist, and use nature photography as a basis for developing my own images in acrylics and watercolour.  I have also recently tried screen printing and photo lithography which I really enjoyed and loved the results.

What is it about working with start-ups that you like?

I enjoy helping people, and using my skills to talk through their business ideas. My aim is for clients to come away not only with the funds that they need but also having had a good experience with someone friendly and interested in hearing about their plans for the future.

If you could give one tip to a Start Up Loan applicant what would it be?

Have a good think about what you really need to get started, and try to keep costs and therefore loan repayments to a minimum, for example top of the range equipment can come further down the line when the business is up and running and achieving healthy returns.

If you’re thinking about setting up your own business or need any advice or questions answered on the start-up process, give us a call or drop us an email, we’d love to hear from you!