Creating growth, particularly in the current economic climate is the challenge of every CEO. Be it new product development, incremental changes to existing technologies or open innovation; they all have their own challenges and of course their own funding requirements. So, what will you do and how will you fund it?
This event seeks to answer these two key questions.
This combined initiative between Pera Technology, Lloyds TSB Commercial and the Business Growth Fund allows registered companies to have their ideas expertly assessed by innovation specialists who also have the knowledge of how to access the growth funding landscape; be it grant, debt or equity. By registering your details on this site you will receive a telephone consultation to consider your growth objectives. Once an advisor has spoken with you, if the event is appropriate to your company needs, you will then be invited to one of the many regional breakfast meetings being held around the UK.
To register click here.
This event will give you the opportunity to hear from four key speakers:
Martin Avison, Head of Financial Channels at Pera Technology will discuss innovation grant funding and Ned Dorbin, Investment Director at the Business Growth Fund covering the South of Wales and the South West of England, will discuss equity funding for growth. Ciaran Leaden, Deputy Area Director at Lloyds TSB Commercial will discuss debt funding for growth and Chris Griffiths, Deputy Fund Manager at Finance Wales, will discuss the importance of getting the right funding at the right time.
30 August 2012
Wales Millennium Centre,
Bute Place Cardiff Bay,
Cardiff CF10 5AL
08.00 Registration and breakfast
08.30 Welcome & Introductions
Pera Technology’s head of financial channels, Martin Avison has raised £m’s in grant, debt and equity funding for manufacturing, technology and high growth businesses. He is a member of the British Venture Capital
Association (BVCA), sits on the technical committee for the British Business Angel Association (BBAA), chairs the meetings for both the Innovation and High Growth funds for the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) and possesses an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, his dissertation being on the commercialisation of equity backed businesses.
Ciaran is the Deputy Area Director leading the South Wales Commercial and manufacturing teams in South Wales. Ciaran is spearheading the Bank’s strategy to re-engage with manufacturers through developing a closer understanding of the business, supply chain and development needs here in South Wales.
Ned is part of the BGF team covering South Wales and South-West England. He is responsible for identifying, completing and managing growth capital investments of £2-10m into growing SMEs across the region. BGF typically invests in businesses with a turnover of £5-100m.
Ned joined BGF from Maven Capital Partners (formerly Aberdeen Asset Management) having worked in their London office for five years where he led and completed a number of equity investments into SMEs in various regional markets. Prior to this Ned worked in corporate finance as an assistant director in the private equity lead advisory team at BDO Stoy Hayward. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO in 2001.
Chris is Deputy Fund Manager at fund management company Finance Wales. Finance Wales currently has £387 million funds under management and is a generalist investor specialising in small and medium sized businesses at all growth stages. Chris trained as a chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand working with a range of blue-chip companies and private equity houses including Consignia, Rank Hovis MacDougall, Orange and Doughty Hanson.
Chris joined Finance Wales in 2003 as a portfolio manager before moving to the investment team in 2007. With a strong track record in SME investment built up over ten years, he has a large and diverse portfolio of transactions, particularly focussing on development capital and management succession. Heading up a team of investment executives across Wales, Chris works primarily on our larger transactions and risk capital investments (typically