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Business Planning for Investment

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub
Venue: Rushcliffe Arena, Rugby Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7HY
Date: Wednesday 3rd October, 2018
Time: 9am - 12.30pm
Cost: Free

This workshop is hosted by D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council and is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund.


This workshop is a crucial learning stage for businesses hoping to attract investment from external financiers. William Stevenson of Beaver Projects, has attracted in excess of £100M of investment and funding for his clients. He will take you through each step of how to prepare your company for investment, helping you to ensure you are "investment ready" when facing external financiers.

Topics covered will include:

  • Establishing the importance of owner goals, motivations and exit intentions
  • Developing share structures that are attractive to investors but that leave the entrepreneur in control of the business
  • Management and Corporate Governance issues, appropriate management skills and access to expertise
  • Cashflows, Risk assessment and management
  • Compliant – key legislation impactors (such as FSMA, Companies Act, GDPR, H&S etc), development of simple processes and procedures that demonstrate that the business is aware and comply
  • Business protection, what needs to be considered
  • Fundraising options and documentation
  • How to tell/sell your story

Who Should Attend?

workshop 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 established, ambitious businesses across all sectors, including the professional services.


9am - 9.30am: Arrival, tea and coffee and networking

9.30am: Introduction to D2N2 Growth Hub

9.40am: Workshop presentation, William Shepherd

10.45am: Tea and Coffee break

11am: Workshop presentation, William Shepherd

12 noon: Finish


About the Trainer: William Stevenson, Managing Partner, Beaver Projects

A graduate of Imperial College, London, William has a problem-solving mind and logical approach to tackling issues. For many years ran his own ‘Gazelle 100’ company, twice receiving the award for fastest growing business of the year.

He is a good communicator, able to impart knowledge and understanding to others. His ability to think outside the box has meant that he has been appointed to many roles including director, non-executive director, custodian, pensioneer trustee, compliance officer and treasurer.

William has advised many businesses on raising funds; establishing share structures, developing robust business plans with offer documentation, implementing business systems together with risk management procedures and compliance protocols.

His systematic approach leaves very little to chance and his clients have attracted in excess of £100M of investment and funding as a result.


This event 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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