About BLS

Business Loan Services was established in 2010 by Rob Warlow. BLS is all about helping business owners access the finance they need to grow their business or providing support to those businesses which have fallen foul of their bank.

BLS benefits from experienced people who know the banking industry and how to assist businesses in achieving their financial goals.

Rob Warlow

Rob Warlow owner Business Loan Services

Rob Warlow started out in banking in 1984 with Barclays Bank PLC where over the years he held a number of junior and senior positions. In 1999 he left the UK to take up a posting in Uganda where he stayed for 2 years. In 2001 he moved again with Barclays to take up a position in Mauritius as Risk Management Director.

Having got a taste for life as an expatriate in 2003 Rob left Barclays and returned to Uganda as Managing Director of a private bank. Three years later he joined a bank in Kenya leaving in late 2009 as the Group CEO overseeing operations in 3 East African countries.

After spending 25 years in banking in the UK and Africa Rob returned to the UK and established Business Loan Services in 2010. Using his extensive banking knowledge he now concentrates on helping small businesses to develop, grow and access business loans and other types of business finance.

Being a person who has ‘been there and done that’ Rob understands exactly what information a bank needs and how it should be presented… knowledge which he is now putting to good use.

Rob hosts a weekly online video blog, The Business Finance Bulletin, which provides business finance news, ideas and tips on what banks are looking for and how business owners can get closer to that elusive ‘yes’. You can find out more about the Business Finance Bulletin here.

Rob is an accomplished speaker at various business and networking groups on the topic of raising finance.

Simon Watts

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Simon joined BLS in March 2016 after completing 33 years’ service with Barclays Bank in the South Wales area. During his time in High Street banking he undertook a variety of roles in Corporate, Business and Retail Banking. His career started in the Branch network, progressed to the main Corporate business centre in Wales. In the early 90’s Simon then moved into retail banking where he became a Branch Manager and subsequently an Area Manager for the Bank’s Mortgage Team in South Wales.

Simon ultimately moved on to undertake the role of Business Manager looking after businesses with a turnover of up to £2m and then to Senior Business Manager overseeing a portfolio of businesses with a turnover of between £1m and 10m across South Wales.

Simon is well known for adding value to businesses via an excellent market and Industry sector awareness and by developing a deep understanding of client needs.

Sue Lewis

Sue Lewis

Sue joined Midland Bank in June 1990 when it was in the process of being merged with HSBC Bank. During her early career, she undertook various administration roles, leading to more senior roles including Wealth Management. 2005 saw a move to South West Wales and in 2007 she joined the Commercial Management team. Sue covered a portfolio of c250 customers, spread over Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion areas.

In March 2016, after a long career with HSBC, she left to work with Clay Shaw Butler Chartered Accountants in Carmarthenshire as a Business Development Executive. This gave additional insight into the challenges business owners have, their responsibilities and the support that is needed apart from business advice and funding.

Sue joined Business Loan Services (UK) Ltd in May 2017 where she now supports a multitude of businesses, signposting and guiding them to financial success by identifying and sourcing the right business funding solution.

Over the years, being part of the growth and success of her clients has very rewarding and strong relationships have been built and nurtured over the years. Working with businesses of different sizes and sectors, and understanding their needs through conversation, has been the key to Sue’s success.

Could This Be You?

We are always looking to expand the Business Loan Services team.

If you have a background in Financial Services and you are looking for a way to leverage your knowledge then we would be delighted to have a chat with you.

To find out more about the opportunity to join the team read more here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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What Our Clients Say

  • I wanted to thank you for such an insightful, energetic, and entertaining talk at the Kevin Green Wealth event on securing funding and creating a successful plan. It was brilliantly executed and a pleasure to listen to and the ideas I’ve learned are definitely going to help me in going forward.

    Max Cooper of Manchester
  • Hi Rob, it was so interesting and entertaining listening to you at the Kevin Green Wealth Coach Workshop in Reading this weekend! I didnt realise you can find Finance proposals such fun!. Brilliant tips! Thanks.

    Gaz Jabeen | Bollywood Burn Out
  • Further to your recent presentation at LEAD Wales just wanted to say it was very refreshing to see somebody talk passionately and positively about finance, very insightful!

    Kay Hyde | Hyde & Hyde Architects
  • Rob kindly agreed to attend the recent Pontypridd RFC sponsors networking evening and delivered what can only be described as an excellent talk on 5 Tactics to Boost Your Business and Your Profits. He kept the audience engaged throughout and the feedback from everyone was excellent. Rob is very knowledgeable on business and finance and on top of that is a genuine nice guy. We hope to have him back at a future event and I have no hesitation in recommending Rob’s services.

    Angela Holloman-Coombes | Connective HR
  • Rob delivered a series of 3 workshops aimed at understanding how finance houses look at finance propositions with the aim for us as a team to deliver more of a bespoke offering to our customer base. The training was delivered to a mixture of staff who work with new businesses start-ups and existing established businesses across Mid & South West Wales. Rob delivered the training with an abundance of passion and has really helped my team look at financial propositions in a different light, many thanks again Rob and I look forward to work with you in the near future.

    Shayne Yates | Welsh Government Regional Centre Service Mid Wales

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