Media release: Clydesdale Bank boosts business development team in Ayrshire

CLYDESDALE Bank has underlined its commitment to the local business community in Ayr with the appointment of a new business development partner to its Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre.

Stewart Rogerson will further strengthen Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire business development team, and his appointment will enable the Bank to enhance the service it offers to local businesses.

Stewart brings over 25 years of commercial banking experience to the role and moves from the Bank of Scotland where he held the role of relationship director.

Ayrshire-born Stewart has extensive knowledge of the local area, and has worked predominantly in the West of Scotland throughout his banking career in a variety of roles.

Earlier this year Clydesdale Bank announced the appointment of Alison McGregor, regional director, Corporate Development, and Mark Wilson, senior partner for business development, to assist local businesses with a turnover of up to £50M.

Alison McGregor joined Clydesdale Bank in March 2010, and has over 20 years worth of experience in Corporate Banking, having spent the bulk of her career to date with Barclays Bank PLC, where she undertook roles as corporate director and latterly as deputy managing director, Scotland.

In August, Mark Wilson moved to the business development team from Clydesdale Bank’s corporate and structured finance team in Glasgow, where he held the position of director of acquisition finance for five years.

Willie Mackie, managing partner at Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre, said: “We are delighted to announce the further expansion of our business development team across Ayrshire. This will enable us to enhance the support and assistance we provide to local companies which they need to develop and grow.

“Stewart’s appointment will reinforce our excellent relationship with the business community in Ayrshire, and is further evidence of our commitment made in October last year to lend up to £2bn to Scottish business over the next two years.”

Clydesdale Bank launched its new business support initiative – Investing for Growth – to help successful businesses grow and develop by easing their cashflow pressures. The support package offers both new and existing business customers a dedicated planning service and a more flexible approach to lending.

Loan repayment holidays, interest-only repayments and extended loan and credit facilities are just some of the flexible support options available under the Investing for Growth initiative which also includes a dedicated financial planning service.

Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Bank Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s largest banks, has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities as well as a significant presence in London and the South of England.

With its sister bank, Yorkshire Bank, Clydesdale has 339 retail branches across Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands, and 72 Financial Solutions Centres throughout the UK, which offer customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

Financial Solutions Centres

Financial Solutions Centres (FSC) focus on the communities in which they operate. Each of the UK- wide network of 72 FSCs offers a tailored range of business and private banking services under one roof.

A team of specialist partners provide customers with end-to-end solutions for all of their banking needs.

Each customer benefits from the in-depth expertise of a dedicated relationship partner who takes the time to get to know them and their business and is able to make fast, local decisions. In addition to banking services, the FSCs also operate as a hub for local business, with a range of networking opportunities and meeting facilities available as a benefit of membership.


Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel 
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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