31 Jan 2013

Funding the Future - SME finance in the North East

Start: 12 Feb 2013 - 14:15
End: 12 Feb 2013 - 17:30
Venue: Life Conference & Banqueting
Address: Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

Funding the Future - SME finance in the North East

Incorporating the launch of the North East Access to Finance Guide 2013

The Board of North East Access to Finance are delighted to invite you to join us at our forthcoming conference, Funding the Future - SME Finance in the North East.

At the conference, we will review the current regional landscape of SME finance, we will hear of the plans of the North East LEP to stimulate growth, and we will share with you our planning for the development of new public investment funds.

We will launch our North East Access to Finance Guide 2013. Following research by Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, last year into the demand and supply sides of SME  finance in the North East of England, this edition of the Guide – together with plans we have for disseminating this information digitally- has been designed to provide a simple to use point of reference for sources of finance and support that will be kept up to date during the coming year. Delegates to the conference will be among the first to receive a copy of the 2013 Guide. The Guide has been expanded to provide businesses with information covering not only sources of finance and business support, but advice on how to raise finance, on relevant legal and tax issues, and for the first time we cover support for Social Enterprises.

Our keynote speaker Edward Twiddy, Chief Executive Officer of the North East LEP, will give an update on the future programme for the North East LEP in 2013 and beyond. The vision of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership is simple: to create growth. Since its inception, the North East LEP has secured more than £50m of funding and put in motion a strategy that aims to transform the region’s economy.

We have recently commissioned a research study into current best practice in the development of SME investment funds.  Our consultants will provide an insight into current best practice and the areas of study that will be explored. The study is due for completion by the summer.

Finally, all delegates will have the opportunity to participate in an “Open Forum” during which we will discuss what the region needs from the next generation of publicly backed investment funds. The views put forward during this session will form a part of our regional consultation process that will eventually see new investment funds being created for the businesses of the north east.

The full programme for the event is on our Eventbrite page.

To register please go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5214430502

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