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Meet the Fund Managers

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub
Venue: The Village Hotel, Brailsford Way, Beeston Nottingham NG9 6DL
Date: Thursday 13th September, 2018
Time: 8.45am - 12.30pm
Cost: Free


The British Business Bank and D2N2 Growth Hub are holding a briefing event to raise awareness of the new £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and to provide businesses looking to apply to the fund with additional support. This event is part-funded via the European Regional Development Fund.

The Fund will provide debt and equity finance from £25,000 up to £2m for growing small businesses across the Midlands.

This event will brief business advisers and small businesses on the new funding opportunities available and how businesses can access the funds.

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund, which has been established in conjunction with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Government will provide small and medium-sized businesses with increased flexibility in the types of funding available, as well as boosting investment levels in the Midlands.

Whether you are looking to start-up, scale-up or stay ahead – this event will help to point advisers and businesses in the right direction.


08:45 – 09:30 Registrations and breakfast

09:30 – 10:40 Presentations from MEIF fund managers

  • Senior D2N2 LEP representative
  • Senior British Business Bank representative
  • Enterprise Loans East Midlands, MEIF Small Business Loans fund manager
  • Maven Capital Partners, MEIF Debt fund manager
  • Mercia Fund Managers, MEIF Proof-of-Concept / Early Stage Equity fund manager
  • Foresight Group, MEIF Equity fund manager
  • Q&A Panel, including presenters and previous SME recipients

10:40 – 10:50 Refreshment break

10:50 – 12:30 Three 20-minute topic sessions

  • Financial management – Serena Humphrey, Managing Director, The F Word
  • Business planning – William Stevenson, Project Director, Beaver Consulting
  • Investment readiness – Jason Kluver, Chief Operating Officer, Shadow Foundr and Paul Jenkinson, Owner, Paul Jenkinson Consulting

In parallel, the MEIF fund managers will host one-to-one 10 minute drop-in sessions for any businesses wanting to know more about how the British Business Bank and Midlands Engine Investment Fund can assist them. Please email to book your session.

Who Should Attend?

This event is open to small and medium-sized businesses based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It will be particularly suitable for owners, managing/financial directors of start-up and established, ambitious businesses across all sectors, including the professional services, and independent business and finance advisers.


This workshop is part-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.

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