Fake it till you make it: A bluffer’s guide to founding a successful business

Date: Thursday 18th April 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location: Colony Fabrica , 269 Great Ancoats St, , M4 7DB
Member Event
SME Club

The journey of any business owner isn’t simple; it's generally overcomplicated. During this event, we'll take you through what you need to know in terms of setting up, scaling, and getting your business to where it needs to go.

As any business grows and develops, there are a number of pitfalls: whether it's obtaining investment, setting up articles of association, bringing on co-founders and directors, or deciding whether to issue shares to those going on the journey with you.

We’ll explore how and when to deploy these things, ensuring that you utilise the tools that help you move forward, including the most important tool of all - your team.

About the Speakers:

Alastair Swindlehurst Founder - EZHR

Alastair is the Founder of EZHR, a HR subscription solution for SMEs that wants to lower barrier of entry to really good advice.

Prior to that he spent 15 years’ working in house for various Blue Chip FMCG and manufacturing businesses along with a number of global BPO organisations. His work was across various areas of specialism including employee relations, organisational change, development, TUPE, and business sale.

Additionally, he hosts The Alternative Business Review. A podcast for early-stage founders that offers an alternative take on what it’s really like founding and growing a business.

Rachel Rigg Associate - Fieldfisher LLP

I provide employers with advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including defending Employment Tribunal claims, in addition to providing employee relations support to HR directors and managers in large national and international businesses.

Following a six month secondment in Fieldfisher’s Silicon Valley office, in the Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy department, I have developed an expertise in data protection legislation (advising on the transition to GDPR compliance in 2018) and specialise in employment privacy issues.

I work closely with our specialist National Minimum Wage team and have been involved in advising on proactive strategies to minimise risks and client exposure.

I really enjoy working closely with clients, focussing on their objectives and ultimate intended outcomes and focus on solutions as to how to achieve these goals. I love any opportunity to network and meet people.

Andrew Oliver Senior Associate - Fieldfisher LLP

Andy is a Senior Associate in Fieldfisher’s Corporate Team, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital and growth equity transactions.

Andy advises on a broad range of corporate matters, with a particular focus on venture capital, growth equity and M&A transactions.

Emerging Companies and Venture Capital / Growth Equity

Andy acts for high-growth companies and institutional investors on venture capital and growth capital transactions and has significant expertise having acted on more than 50 venture capital and growth equity transactions to date.

John McCaffery Tax Partner and Head of Tax - Alexander & Co

John joined Alexander & Co as Tax Partner and Head of Tax, having previously worked for KPMG, PwC and Grant Thornton. He advises entrepreneurs, individuals, families and their businesses on tax issues and planning.

John helps clients to stay compliant with tax rules and arrange their affairs in the most tax efficient manner. This includes:

  • Incentive planning
  • Succession planning
  • Exit planning
  • Tax aspects of investing and extracting funds
  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Reorganisations
  • Inheritance Tax Planning

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

For any further enquires about this event, contact sarah.smith@pro-manchester.co.uk

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