Our story

Based in Bournemouth, Aben Financial was established to bring together our team’s experience of managing over £1bn of business lending, our knowledge from consulting for companies of all sizes and our passion for supporting businesses achieve their ambitions.

We understand that growth of SME’s is critical to the economy. However, it became clear to us that due to increasingly restrictive lending criteria - the growth of SME’s is too often held back by a lack of accessibility to financing options from traditional providers. Whilst this is being offset by the rapid growth in the alternative finance sector, the potential of such options may be missed by business people who don't have the time to keep on top of this constantly evolving sector.

What we do

Aben Financial can help your business unlock the potential of the best financing options available from the panel of 270 lenders we work with. We are focused on the outcomes you want to achieve and offer expert knowledge of an extensive range of financing options from both the conventional banking and alternative finance sectors – many not available to you direct.

We’ll undertake a free initial your review of your business and it’s finances, identify potential sources of finance, discuss these with you and completely manage the process from start to completion of funding – maximising your chance of raising finance on the best terms.

Our approach

Expert – We take our responsibilities to our clients very seriously and constantly strive to provide the best advice we can. We work hard to make sure we are always up to date on the latest financing options available.
Client first – We will always be “Client First” in everything we do and integrity is central to us. We believe a lasting relationship built on trust is better for both of our businesses.
Open – We’ll always explain the options we have considered and why we have developed the solutions presented. We will always set out the fees we are charging you along with any commissions with may receive from lenders.
Service driven – We realise that timing can be crucial in raising finance and that you are busy running your business. You’ll work directly with a single point of contact from Aben Financial throughout the process who’ll work with you to complete the transaction as efficiently as possible.

Our team

Our team combine the right combination of experience in business and finance to support you in finding the right financing for your business. We strive to maintain a personal service throughout your business relationship with us and you will retain a dedicated business manager throughout the process.

James Wallis – Managing Partner
James is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants – having qualified within Specialised Finance at Deloitte in London. In the subsequent decade he was responsible for lending over £1bn with one of the largest credit investment funds in Europe – working across sectors and with particular focus on Management and Leveraged Buy-Outs. He is an adviser to a number of start-ups and fin-tech businesses and has built businesses from scratch so understands the challenges this presents.

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Simone Maher
Simone holds an MBA and has first hand experience in running her own business as well as consulting for a number of others in the recruitment, technology and leisure sectors. Most recently Simone has been advising a leading player in the fin-tech space on routes to market and has a deep understanding of the alternative lending community.

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Melodie Boyd Wallis
Melodie is a Chartered Accountant - qualifying at KPMG in London. Her role initially involved auditing banks and financial institutions giving her a good understanding of the financial landscape. She subsequently worked for Grosvenor (the Duke of Westminster’s property fund) - and now also runs a successful property development company on the South Coast.

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Bethany Johnson
Bethany is the newest member of the Aben financial team, she's previously worked within the commercial insurance industry.

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Expert Network

We have a unique expert network with over 150 years of combined experience in business, property and finance across a range of sectors that we can call upon to get your deal done. Our experts also help us keep up to date with the latest financing offerings available from our lending partners. This is at no extra cost to you – but ensures there is always the specialist help on hand if necessary.


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Email: contact@abenfinancial.com
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Latest News

Fall in Lending to SMEs in the Property Sector
Bank lending to SMEs in the property sector has fallen 9% in the last year from £13.9bn to £12.7bn, according to commercial lender Ortus Secured Finance. However, manufacturing was one of three sectors to see an increase in lending last year with SMEs in industry enjoying an 11% rise to £6.3bn.
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