Finance in Cornwall seminar

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Business owners in Cornwall needing advice on potential sources of growth finance are being invited to a seminar where they can hear firsthand what is on offer.

The Finance in Cornwall seminar is organised by chartered accountants Winter Rule, solicitors Stephens Scown and Business Link, and follows a similar event last year which attracted more than 80 people.

It will feature presentations from a range of finance providers including the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) Grant for Business Investment and Grant for Research and Development teams, the Rural Development Programme for England, South West Angel and Investment Network and The Carbon Trust.

The whole range of non-bank and non-asset backed finance available in Cornwall will be covered, including gap-funding for new premises through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence Programme.

The Business Link team will look at how to access different sources of finance and the help available to fill out applications, and there will be an update from YTKO and Oxford Innovation on the unique range of business support available in Cornwall thanks to investment in new services by Convergence and the South West RDA.

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James Orpin, corporate finance partner at Stephens Scown, who will be speaking at the seminar, said: “It’s a bit like speed dating where each funding provider outlines in just a few minutes what they can and can’t support, and entrepreneurs can meet them individually afterwards if they want to know more. Sourcing finance can be a very time consuming process so this is a great way of learning a lot in a short time and we had excellent feedback last year.”

The free event will be held at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay on May 13 from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Presentations are scheduled for between 3pm to 5pm with finance providers and support agencies being available until 6.30pm to meet with interested entrepreneurs one-to-one to talk through specific issues.

To book a place please contact Isobel Birbeck at Winter Rule by emailing ibirbeck@winterrule.co.uk