Funding Growth: Explore Your Options – an event to help local businesses learn more about accessing finance.
About this event
The British Business Bank, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland have come together again to host the third Access to Finance Conference. This edition aims to demystify external finance for smaller businesses, raising awareness of ‘alternative’ finance options and how they complement traditional bank finance to accelerate growth. Hosted by Susan Hayes Culleton, this free, in-person event will specifically address the nuances of family-owned businesses in the context of external finance, with sub-themes of innovation and the transition to net zero running throughout.
Who should attend:
Local businesses in more traditional sectors operating in rural locations, as well as the business and finance advisors who work with them. The event will help attendees understand the positive role of external finance when it comes to successfully growing a business.
• Hear about the real impact of the 2021 Access to Finance Conference with previous delegate Roisin Maguire and investor Mary McKenna
• Gain awareness and understanding of the different options available so that you can get the right finance at the right time
• Learn from local established businesses Bawnbua Foods and RGM Vent about their first-hand experience of raising debt and equity finance
• Listen to expert panel discussions exploring the range of debt options and the nuances of equity finance for family-owned businesses
• Learn how to take action to use external finance to make your business growth plans a reality
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:20 Welcome and scene setting
09:20 – 09:40 Impact of the Access to Finance Conference 2021
09:40 – 10:15 Case study: debt options to complement Bank finance
10:15 – 10:50 Panel: exploring alternative debt options
10:50 – 11:05 Morning break
11:05 – 11:45 Panel: Strengthening the Board of a family run business
11:45 – 12:20 Case study: equity finance for traditional businesses
12:20 – 12:30 Signposting to further resources and support
12:30 – 12:55 Your action plan for funding future growth
12:55 – 13:00 Closing comments
13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
About the organisers:
British Business Bank
The British Business Bank is UK’s economic development bank, and we are here to help your business find a way, with free financial tools and expert information. We’re experts in small business finance and we work with a broad range of partners to help businesses like yours, whether you’re a start-up, an established business or you’re looking to grow.
InterTradeIreland has been helping small businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland explore new cross-border markets, develop new products, processes and services and become investor ready for over two decades.
Based in Newry, our services include supports for sales growth and innovation, plus funding and business insights for SMEs across the island who are looking to grow their business.
Invest Northern Ireland
As the regional business development agency, Invest NI’s role is to grow the local economy.
We do this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.
We are part of the Department for the Economy and provide strong government support for business by effectively delivering the Government’s economic development strategies.