Understand Finance for Business Growth: Exploring Investment Opportunities for pre-starts, Start-ups, established SMEs and Self-Employed individuals

Date: Tuesday 9th April 2024
Time: 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Michael Page, 2 Hardman Street, Manchester City Centre, M3 3HF
Cost: Free
Member event
SME Club

Navigating the complex world of finance can be a daunting task for business owners. Our goal is to make finance simplified and show various avenues of how funding can be accessed by your business.

Join us to demystify the different investment, grants and debt-based finance solutions that are on the market today. We aim to support businesses based in Greater Manchester at all stages of their journey, whether you’re a pre-start, start-up, established SME or self-employed individual.

Hear from a panel of financial experts and successful entrepreneurs as they discuss the various investment options available, provide useful guidance and advice relevant to your business as well as shed light on common mistakes they’ve seen in the past, they’ll also share their experiences of either supporting businesses or running their own company, and much more!

This event is suitable for those businesses looking to inject finance into their business for the first time or for those wanting to invest in their organization and explore what finance options are available. The event promises to build your finance and investment knowledge and provide valuable financial insights that could lead to sustainable business growth.

About the Speakers:

Andy Nichols Senior Loan Manager - GC Business Finance

A senior finance professional with wide experience within the financial services industry, Andy worked for HSBC for 29 years in their commercial, corporate and invoice finance divisions. Since then, Andy has worked for independent financial institutions, a specialist trade finance bank and has also run his own company. This has given him an excellent understanding of the financial needs and requirements of businesses. Andy has worked for GC Business Finance since 2014 providing finance to businesses that have been unable to secure the funds they need from their Bank.

Belinda Yu Founder - Wicker Wings

Wicker Wings started as a brother and sister duo, Belinda and James, who after finding out their Māma (Grandma) hand wove baskets in her village in China in hope for a better life. Fast forward 60 years and this is still the case in rural parts of Asia today.

Wicker Wings was created to shine light on their grandmother’s past and support the current generation of these incredible female artisans, through creating timeless fashion pieces and through what they call Mama’s Mission.

Ian Dixon Chartered Accountant | Funding Specialist | Keynote Speaker | Board Member | Non-Executive Director | Mentor - BGH Access to Finance

Talks about Early-Stage Funding, Business Angels, Venture Capital, Equity. Chartered Accountant with extensive commercial experience. In depth knowledge of all forms of SME finance. Currently working with clients equity fundraising and providing support and guidance on the understanding of assessment criteria, eligibility and processes involved in raising funds. Proven track record in accessing different sources of finance and investment across a wide portfolio of financial projects at all levels of complexity. Specialties: Primary focus is the support of NW based SMEs access appropriate funding sources from either private or public sector.

Jessica Grocutt Enterprise Acceleration Manager - Natwest Group

Jess manages NatWest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator in Manchester, a funded programme that empowers UK entrepreneurs to grow their business to the next level. Jess has supported a number of founders through their investment journey, from supporting them to develop their pitch decks to a high standard to connecting them with key partners within the eco-system. As an advocate for inclusive entrepreneurship, Jess is involved with a number of initiatives designed to build the confidence of diverse founders to drive their business forward, including the TiE UK North Women’s Advisory Board and more recently, Meta’s She Means Business programme.

Interested In The Event?

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

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