Access to Business Funding Forum 2017: Targeting Growth for SME’s



Join us on 18 October 2017 for advice on the best funding options for your business

  • Panel debates
  • Round-table discussions
  • 1:2:1 meetings with lenders

With the shifting economic climate, many small and medium-size enterprises (SME’s) are faced with daunting challenges about choosing the appropriate funding source for targeting growth. Funding is typically a long-term decision which affects the firm’s capital structure as well as competitiveness so it is an important part of any growth strategy.

On 18 October, Surrey Business School is pleased to organise the third annual Access to Business Funding Forum in conjunction with the Surrey Chamber of Commerce to address these issues. The event is targeted at companies of all sizes seeking to scale their businesses to learn about funding opportunities and to connect them with a wide range of expert funding partners.

Bhaskar Dasgupta, COO of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK export credit agency, will offer the keynote address and provide a broad overview of funding challenges and opportunities in the export sector which is one key area for growth companies today. As COO, he leads UKEF’s operations and business management, technology, operational risk, directing digital transformation and change programmes.

A panel discussion by a select group of growth companies will follow. They have a range of experiences including debt and equity funding, traditional and alternative finance as well as growth and working capital purposes. In conjunction, they will answer and discuss key questions about the different stages of their funding journeys as follows:

  • What types of funding did you consider at which stage?
  • What were the challenges and opportunities?
  • What were the lessons learnt?

Finally, a networking reception takes place where participants can meet informally or arrange 1-2-1 meetings with designated funding partners.


Access to Funding Forum 2017

18 October 2017, 17.30 – 21.00

Surrey Business School, Guildford GU2 7XH


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