Access to Finance Summit

October 4, 2018

Do you want to know more about the best ways to help small and micro businesses get the funding they need to flourish?
Are you in the professional sector offering funding and finance advice to small businesses?

The Beech Room, University of Wolverhampton, Telford | Darby Building | Shifnal Road | TF2 9NT Telford | United Kingdom
Wednesday, 7 November 2018 from 11:30 to 15:00 (GMT)
We’ve drawn together some of the region’s leading experts on alternative finance to tell you just what is available in this rapidly-growing sector.
They’ll explain the various funding streams small businesses can now tap into – including peer-to-peer lenders, equity funds, invoice discounters, crowd funders and locally-based small business loan funds.
Our key speaker is Norman Price OBE, the former Chair of the West Midlands Regional Finance Forum and now a board member at BCRS Business Loans. Norman has worked in industry at directorship level and more recently as a key influencer in public policy both nationally and in the West Midlands, and has played a pivotal role in establishing venture capital funds and transformation loan funds in the region.
We will hear about the latest developments in the provision of finance to small businesses and have the opportunity to contribute to The Marches LEP plans to raise awareness of available funding.
This event is aimed at professional services advisers to small businesses, accountants, solicitors, enterprise support advisers, business finance advisers, finance brokers, banks, insolvency practitioners and alternative finance providers in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

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