Case Studies

Listen to what some of our clients had to say about their experience of taking the leap with us and how their loans have transformed their businesses.

Sip & Bark


Scrandaddy Limited, trading as Sip & Bark, was founded by Craig and Kasia Neilson in Sep 2022 prior to opening for business in April 2024. Sip & Bark is an innovative café and wine bar located in the affluent Stockbridge area of Edinburgh, designed to cater to both humans and their canine companions.

Kedras Clinics


Kedras Clinics, founded by clinical psychologist Dr Dawn Harris in 2022, is a pioneering performance and wellbeing clinic specialising in neurotechnology, a cutting-edge neuromodulator known as neurofeedback. The clinics cater to children, young people, adults, sports professionals, and businesses, offering programmes designed to enhance brain function, reduce stress, and improve overall mental and physical health.

Don Basilico


Don Basilico, based in Kirkcaldy and founded by Massimo Panarella, offers authentic Italian pizza. Inspired by his family’s trattoria in Milan, Massimo started his business in April 2023, alongside his 22-year-old son Michael. He began with a small, rented, vintage-style food truck, where he handcrafted all the pizzas.

Cruive Estate Agents


Cruive Estate Agent Ltd is a small estate agency founded by Judith McGill and her business partner, David Forsyth. Judith takes the lead as the managing director, fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning her own estate agency. With David’s support, they brought this dream to fruition in February 2024

Taylor Made Kilts


Taylor Made Kilts showcases how strategic planning, industry expertise, and access to SME finance can transform entrepreneurial aspirations into prosperous businesses. Through the support of DSL Business Finance, Glenn and Paula have realised their dream of establishing a thriving enterprise that honours Scotland’s heritage while supporting the local economy.

Party Pants


Eilidh Gibson, a Glasgow School of Art graduate, aimed to revolutionise the fashion industry with her brand, Party Pants. Frustrated by the lack of trousers that fit well and reflected her style, she took matters into her own hands. With her design flair and self-taught sewing skills, she began creating trousers adorned with quirky trims like frills and tassels. The positive reception to her creations led to the birth of Party Pants.

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