Come to this meetup to learn about govt. grants & subsidies available to SMEs.

The lean guide to Business funding. How to access equity free grants and government subsidies.

There is a vast range of funding, subsidy and government initiatives available to SMEs that most companies aren't aware of. Come and join us to learn how to maximise your growth potential and benefit from the equity free funding available to your business.

Along with some great networking there will be presentations from; Growth Accelerator, Grant Tree and Pentura to introduce a range of schemes that are currently available.

Whether you are a tech business, a creative company or a professional services consultancy, there will be something of interest to you at this meetup.

We look forward to seeing you at The Bakery, just a stones throw away from the silicon roundabout.

Presentations:

Growth Accelerator - An amazing offering for all fast growing and ambitious companies to access high quality business coaching and a range of other support services.  As well as subsidised growth coaching members of Growth Accelerator gain access to the Leadership and Management Training Grant.

Grant Tree - GrantTree was founded to help technology companies navigate the mysterious seas of UK government funding. Since then, we've helped many dozens of startups and mature companies alike to get the government funding they are entitled to.

Pentura - Pentura is a market leader in IT Security Consultancy Services within the UK.  Pentura are now able to bring experience and service levels usually assocaited with large corportaes and the public sector to SMEs via the TSBs Cyber Innovation Voucher.  Learn how to apply for and benefit from this fantastic scheme. 

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  • Shariq

    We are now Hiring Business Development Manger with basic pay. Which means that the BDM will be earning a basic pay plus commission. It is remotely Work. Person should be in UK. If this role does not apply to you but you know of someone who is looking we are offering a successful referral of up to £500.
    Please apply [masked] or Contact for further details 07891873136

    April 19

  • Folasade B.

    The meet up was very informative, relevant, friendly.

    March 29

  • Paulina S.

    Brilliant evening, thanks to all who asked questions and came to talk to me!

    For those who didn't manage to get to me but would appreciate a chat with someone at GrantTree, please email me on [masked]

    3 · March 27

  • A

    Morning all, last night was informative and it was great meeting you all, even if I didn't get to meet everyone in person. Thanks Nick, and all involved for setting it up. On a separate note, Siu Ha Leung I was hoping to talk to you about fashion and e-commerce, so if you get this please do reply and we can take it from there. Thanks! :)

    1 · March 27

    • Elliot H.

      I've got her email and I'm hoping to meet her for coffee - I'll mention that you want to speak to her - could you private message me your name, tel and email

      March 27

    • A

      Thanks Elliot, she saw my message and private messaged me, thanks though, appreciate the thought!

      March 27

  • Nick B.

    Hi everyone, Great turn out last night for our first event. Thanks for attending and all the positive feedback etc... I will be thinking about a follow up event for May where I will look to get representatives from UKTI, MAS and the Tech Strategy Board. Cheers for now, Nick

    2 · March 27

  • Marc D.

    Apologies Nick, Paulina my afternoon meeting overan majorily :-( really sorry I missed it.

    March 26

    • Paulina S.

      Looks like there might be a second time :) see you soon.

      1 · March 26

  • Mel L.

    Good evening, some interesting presenters and attendees. A lot of information about tax relief and grants

    1 · March 26

  • Karen S.

    Wanting the best business coaching, but can't afford it, this might be of interest: http://www.wow-coaching.co.uk/p...­

    March 26

  • Paul S.

    Very practical and useful.
    I have met very nice people.

    1 · March 26

  • Stefano P.

    See you there. This our startup: www.Lyda.io

    1 · March 26

  • Abu

    Is this a social business event or will there be speech as well?

    March 26

    • Nick B.

      There will be a number of presentations on government support services for SMEs along with plenty of networking opportunity. Thr presentations will be on Growth Accelerator, the Cyber Security Voucher and R and D rax credits.

      March 26

    • Abu

      Really sorry. Some thing urgent come up and I have to cancell today. I hope next time

      March 26

  • Anurah F.

    Hi Nick, will the event also cover getting funding from grants for Mechanical Development and Prototyping. Anurah

    March 19

    • Anurah F.

      Hi Paulina Sygulska I am currently trying to apply to the Smart 6 grant scheme. So I will hopefully get to talk with you.

      March 26

    • Paulina S.

      Awesome, best of luck!!

      March 26

  • Nick B.

    Hi all,

    Just a reminder that the Lean guide to business funding will take place tonight at The Bakery from 6pm.

    Please remember to bring your business cards and feel free to join the conversation via twitter using #bizfunding.

    Looking foward to seeing you all later, Nick

    March 26

  • Paulina S.

    I hear many interesting companies are coming which is brilliant. Do let me know if you would like to have a drink & chat with one of us specifically - GrantTree, Pentura, GA or Nick himself - after the event so we make sure to reserve some time.

    2 · March 24

    • Mel L.

      Hi Paulina, I'd love to have a chat to find out what opportunities are available for people starting up their own businesses in their 40's and 50's.

      1 · March 25

    • Paulina S.

      Great to hear from you guys, I'll make sure I'm either personally or send one of my colleagues your way!

      March 25

  • Nick B.

    Morning all, Here's the final bio for those speaking and presenting tomorrow:
    Steve Smith has worked in the IT market for over 20 years. Steve was a founder Director of one of the UK’s most successful IT Security Integrators, Centurycom, which was sold to a large SAP consulting company in January 2000. Steve then went on to found Pentura in 2002 where he assumes the position of Managing Director. Steve continues to manage and develop the Data Privacy and Cyber Security strategies for Pentura and works actively with clients. In recent times Pentura has focused on providing enterprise level support to SMEs via the Cyber Security Voucher.

    March 25

  • chandra s.

    is there a charge for this meet up??

    March 19

    • Nick B.

      Hi Chandra, No there is no charge for this meetup. Cheers, Nick

      March 20

    • Paulina S.

      Free booze and snacks included ;)

      March 24

  • Darren H.

    Looking forward to meeting you all on Wednesday to share stories and explore how I might be able to help your business.

    1 · March 24

  • Nick B.

    Hi all, In order for the registration process to be quick and simple on Weds evening can you all please bring a business card to leave at reception. You'll probably want to bring a stack of them fo the networking as well. Cheers, Nick

    March 24

  • Nick B.

    Hi everyone. Following the bios I sent around for Paulina and Darren, here's mine...

    Nick had a successful career in recruitment in the mid 90’s before joining Octavia Information Systems Ltd as a startup in 2000. He occupied the roles of Sales and Marketing Director, COO and FD before engineering the trade sale of Octavia in 2010. Having experienced the full business lifecycle from start up to sale, he now coaches and assists others to plan and implement strategy to realise their full business potential.

    Operating as a Coach, interim Director and investor, Nick is passionate about seeing strategy resulting in business success through rigorous planning, attention to detail, management of expectations and communication.

    March 24

  • Ernest B.

    is the meet up specifically for the tech industry, and also just start ups

    March 20

    • Ernest B.

      thanks, See you next week.

      March 20

    • Marc D.

      Likewise

      March 20

  • Nick B.

    Hi all,
    Following on from the bio I sent for Darren earlier in the week. Please find below an intro to Paulina from Grant Tree who will be presenting on 26th March @ The Bakery.
    Paulina is a serial entrepreneur and a networking junkie. She founded GrantTree three years ago to help tech start-ups to get equity free funding from the government, and it has been going from strength to strength since. GrantTree's team of 14 have raised over £9m for 200+ companies in the last three years. In her spare time, she likes to indulge in cabaret and performance art.

    2 · March 20

  • Nick B.

    To give you all a flavour of who will be presenting on 26th March here is a bio for Darren Harper of Growth Accelerator:
    Darren is a business growth expert working with high-growth leaders to advance their business and teams through intelligently matched business coaching and training. Darren has been involved in a number of high growth business including Abcam plc (now a $Bn AIM listed business). He also co-founded the Business Leaders Network and has extensive networks in the tech and digital media industries. Darren recently welcomed twin daughters into the world so has almost no spare time or hobbies at present. Coffee always welcome!

    1 · March 17

  • Nick B.

    Hi everyone. Thanks for the amazing response & interest in finding out more about the many layers of gov. support available for fast growing companies. We are not far off from having to close membership due to high numbers. If you know of anyone with an established business looking to learn more about grants & subsidies to help their company grow, please send them the link before it's too late.

    Cheers for now, Nick

    1 · March 12

  • Nick B.

    Let me know if you have any specific questions or topics you would like to discuss. We will either try to cover them off or make the subject central to a future event.

    1 · March 4

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