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Access to Finance For Growth

Host:D2N2 Growth Hub
Venue:The Riverside Centre, Riverside Ct, Derby DE24 8HY
Date:Thursday 26th January, 2017
Time:9am - 2pm

This event is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with the EMB Group Ltd and supported by Venturefest East Midlands.

Is your business ready to grow? Do you understand the different options available to finance your business growth? Do you need support in finding the relevant funding schemes? Is finance the only option to growth?

This interactive workshop will take you through the minefield of business finance, outlining the various options available to help your business grow. We'll cover the various grants and funding streams that are on offer locally, regionally and nationally as well as covering the traditional banking finance solutions and we'll give you an insight into other investments you can make that don't involve raising finance but can result in growth for your business.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for SMEs, sole traders and business owners in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are looking to grow their business.


Registration is from 9.00am for a prompt start at 9.30am. Refreshments will be provided upon arrival and a networking lunch will be provided at 1pm.

Venturefest East Midlands
Venturefest East Midlands is kindly supporting this event with a networking lunch. Venturefest East Midlands is a free to attend, business event that aims to generate innovation and growth and takes place on 22 March 2017 at Derby Arena. There will be a short presentation on Venturefest East Midlands prior to our networking lunch.

About the Trainers

David Smith, EMB Group: Following a 20 year career in banking, David has worked with small businesses for the past 16 years, and combines his role as a business coach and mentor with that of assessing and managing grant applications for current programmes. Through these roles, David has an in-depth understanding of funding programmes, state aid and what funders are looking for. This leaves David well positioned to guide businesses through the funding process to find the most appropriate source of funding for them, and to compile a competitive application.

Tom Rainsford is a Business Growth Enabler for NatWest bank covering the Derby & South Staffordshire area. Working alongside eleven Relationship Managers they serve local SMEs with all of their banking and funding needs. Tom and the team have helped fund these local SMEs with a variety of facilities to help their businesses grow. NatWest cater for all sectors with individual specialisms in Real Estate, Healthcare, Franchise & Agriculture and are keen to speak to business owners about how they can help them with their plans and ambitions.

Lesley Coombes is a MCIPS accredited business manager and mentor with over 30 year’s experience in delivering procurement and commercial solutions. Lesley has worked in multiple sectors both private and public, which has provided her with a transferable set of business skills that can deliver real commercial results. In each environment, she has delivered significant cashable and non-cashable benefits and has developed some innovative commercial income solutions. She passionately believes and can demonstrate how “good” procurement can stimulate markets, deliver tangible organisational benefits by supporting business growth strategies. She can provide you with insight to evaluate and significantly enhance your business outcomes and performance.

Margaret Storey is an FCIPD qualified Learning and Development Consultant with over 25 years’ leadership experience acquired both in HR and Learning and Development in a diverse range of settings that have included public, private, not for profit and charity sectors. Margaret is passionate about the people side of the business and supporting individuals and organisations to maximise their potential through developing and implementing long lasting and cost effective solutions to enable business growth.

This workshop is funded via the European Regional Development Fund, therefore we are required to evidence that you are a small to medium enterprise.

There will be a couple of forms that will need to be completed either prior to the event or on the day and these will be sent to you once you have registered. One form is to ensure you are a small to medium enterprise, the second is to capture any business support you have received over the last 3 years to ensure you haven’t exceeded €200,000. If you have previously completed these forms at a Growth Hub event you will not have to complete another set.