This package will help your business understand the full range of finance options and products currently available, as well as support you to find the ones most suitable for your business.
This package of support will help your business to better understand the full range of finance options and products currently available. We'll then support you in accessing the ones that are most suitable for meeting your business' individual growth needs.
Activities will include workshops covering key themes related to finance (e.g. traditional funding options, Research & Development related funding, crowd-funding, asset/invoice finance and factoring, platform-based finance and other alternative funders, such as challenger banks).
One-to-one support will also be made available that will provide more intensive, impartial support to strengthen your investment applications and support you in presenting yourself (on paper and in person) in the most attractive and investable manner.
In order to be eligible for support, your business must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME), defined as:
- having fewer than 250 employees
- a turnover of under £45m OR a balance sheet of under £40m
- not being part of a larger group of companies that takes it over this threshold
- The business also needs to be based in the Leeds City Region excluding Barnsley, i.e. a trading address in the Leeds City Region
- In an eligible sector - this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, and those trading directly with consumers - e.g. retailers and hospitality.
The Investment Readiness programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
SME funding workshop - Tuesday 25 February, 9am
Location - Leeds. Applying for debt or equity finance
SME funding workshop - Tuesday 25 February, 1pm
Location - Leeds. Pitching for finance.
SME funding workshop - Wednesday 26 February, 5:30pm
Location - Leeds. Ready, fund, grow. Key information on the sources of finances and real-life examples of raising funding to help your businesses growth aspiration.
SME funding workshop - Thursday 27 February, 9am
Location - Leeds. The art of crowdfunding.
SME funding workshop - Wednesday 11 March, 9am
Location - Harrogate. What type of funding will help you grow your business?
SME funding workshop - Wednesday 11 March, 1pm
Location - Harrogate. What does a lender or investor look for in a business plan?
SME funding workshop - Thursday 12 March, 9am
Location - Leeds. How to ensure your social enterprise is investor ready.
SME funding workshop - Thursday 12 March, 1pm
Location - Leeds. Find out what social investors look for in a business plan.
SME funding workshop - Wednesday 25 March, 9am
Location - Selby. Understanding the funding landscape.
SME funding workshop - Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
Location - Selby. Create winning finance documents.
SME funding workshop - Tuesday 31 March, 9am
Location - Leeds. Growth through acquisition.