Folding jeans to finance
By Laura Miller -
“This is always a tough business,” says Sandra Rozas, case manager at lender Fiduciam, “with the ongoing pandemic the future is even more uncertain. But it provides an opportunity to those who can stand out.”
Rozas always knew she wanted to do just that. Originally from Granollers, the Catalan city near Barcelona in Spain, population just 60,000, a school trip to London when she was 16 turned her head toward Britain (if not immediately bridging).
“I realised I wanted to live in this amazing city someday,” she recalls, “as determined as I am, I knew I would achieve it – eventually.”
And she did. Rozas has been on the team at London-based Fiduciam for the past two and half years, providing bridging loans not only in the UK, but also Ireland, and of course, Spain. It is this international element she enjoys the most.
“It may sound like a cliché, but I love that no two days are ever the same. Every client is unique and each deal can take you on different paths before completion, and I particularly enjoy working on deals with cross jurisdictional aspects,” she says.
“I got my first job as a Levi’s manager when I was 17 and understood how important the financials were,” she says, “everyone in my family works in finance, so I grew up surrounded by experts – and some of that has rubbed off on me.”
After working in IT in Birmingham for a few years, she decided she had to move to London to pursue her career in finance. “I don’t think there is a better place to do it than in the capital,” she says.
Learning from different team members in each division at Fiduciam, Rozas has been quick to try to boost her understanding of bridging finance. That groundwork helped prepare her for the challenges the sector currently finds itself in.
“The impact Covid will have on both the UK economy and the global economy is going to be astronomical. The positive we can take from it, is that deals are moving, just at a different pace,” she says.
When the world around you is going crazy, winding down becomes even more important. As the nation battles with the mood implications of lockdowns, social restrictions, and the impact on the economy, Rozas keeps the same positive and outward looking perspective that fired her up as a 17 year old.
“Not everything in my life is about work! I love travelling and getting lost to explore new places, the things you can find when you were least expecting them,” says Rozas. But with her wings clipped, like the rest of us, she is falling back on her second passion to relax, stay healthy – and super flexible.
“I’ve been practising yoga for six years now, some of my friends consider me as a yogi master!” she says.
Downward facing dogs at the ready.
Laura Miller is a freelance journalist who writes about money and business. She regularly appears in UK national and trade newspapers and magazines, and has previously worked for ITV News and the Telegraph among others. Find her on twitter @thatlaurawrites