Continuing with our recent influx of new team members, we’re heading up to Glasgow for this part of our Meet the Staff series where we’re chatting with Morag Kelly, one of our Business Advisors. With an enthusiastic and bubbly manner, if you’re a Scottish entrepreneur applying for a Transmit Start Up Loan or have been involved with any of the Scottish business networking events, chances are you’ll already be familiar with Morag. She explains a little more about her role with Transmit and background experience...
What is your current position at Transmit Start-Ups? Tell us a little about your role and what it entails.
I am a Business Adviser and Loan Assessor. I work remotely but hot-desk in Collabor8te in Glasgow, when I need a base, and help our applicants pull together their loan applications (business plans, financial forecasts and so on).
What does a typical day at Transmit Start-Ups look like for you?
This involves a lot of daily correspondence with applicants and our head office staff, mostly on email and telephone but we also use Slack for small queries which is really helpful. I also do final checks and second opinions on loans for my Business Adviser colleagues and am active around Scotland, with my colleague Michelle, in promoting Transmit and networking around the business start-up scene.
What is your background prior to joining Transmit Start-Ups and what made you decide to join the company?
I have worked with finance since 1998 and was a Business Adviser with Jobs & Business Glasgow prior to a short spell being self-employed, then joined Transmit full time at the end of 2017. I have worked with Transmit for years and really love how passionate they are about supporting businesses. They are a very forward-thinking company and are completely invested in their staff and training which make them an excellent company to work for.
What do you like to do away from the office to relax, do you have any hobbies or other interests?
Away from work I love to spend time with family and friends and practice yoga when I can.
What is it about working with start-ups that you like?
I enjoy helping applicants and seeing what a difference the start up loan can make to their business - for most people they will be at pre-start stage so I am lucky to be involved with them from the start. The economy is so uncertain at the moment with big business cut-backs and redundancy announcements being in the news almost weekly that I believe people have to be resilient and entrepreneurial, turning their hobbies or skills/qualifications and experience into a business that works for them.
If you could give one tip to a Start Up Loan applicant what would it be?
To be as well researched as you can be prior to starting up your business - whether this is looking at competition, pricing, marketing, your customer base - everything should be researched fully to help you be in the best possible position with your business when you start-up.
If you’re thinking about setting up your own business or need any advice or questions answered on the start-up and application process, give us a call or drop us an email, we’d love to hear from you!