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Alison J B Loudon
Business Angel and Investor

Alison Loudon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Thornton Baker before joining Aldus at its inception, later Adobe. Through hands-on involvement and through investing in a number of companies Alison has worked tirelessly to help new creative entrepreneurs achieve their potential.

Alison is currently Chairman of Data Discoveries, Simul8 and Microstencil, Non-Executive Director Caledonia Contracts and the Scottish Exhibition Conference Center as well as advisor to Bright Grey.  In addition she is a member of the LINC and the Business Forum and serves as a Governor to Merchiston Castle School and is on the board of The National Trust for Scotland.

Alison launched a new venture as Managing Director at the beginning of 2004, FWB Non-Executive, which specializes in the recruitment of non-executive directors to the boards of UK-based public and private companies – see www.fwbnonexecutive.com. Chaired by Judy Wagner of FWB, and with an advisory board consisting of Professor Ian Percy and Bill McCall, the company is successfully reaching the market that understands the benefits of exceptional non-executive directors who deliver at the highest level.

Through her involvement with initiatives such as Entrepreneurial Exchange, Connect and previously the Science Institute for Enterprise she hopes to bridge the gap between good business ideas and delivery of successful businesses. Alison was involved as one of the business advisers to Wendy Alexander’s review of the Enterprise Networks and programme of RSA grant funding.

Previously Alison helped found Aldus Europe Limited and during the late 80’s and early, grew the company by establishing seven European subsidiaries with a turnover of £65 million. A successful merger with Adobe Systems Inc. created the third largest Software Company in the world.

During 1995/98 she assisted a number of businesses in various market sectors, to complete turnarounds.

Alison has close relationships with a number of funders including venture capitalists, business angels and government authorities. She represents the interests of 3i, SEP and the Archangel Investment Group in various enterprises. Alison has fulfilled her desire to help companies to be successful with her experiences of “scars from battles fought and won”!

“Nothing”, she says, “prepares one for the challenges of developing a market displacing product; of moulding the management team, finding a route to market, implementing a ‘scaleable’ business, whilst enjoying the maze of fundraising.”

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