Accelerating Growth 2021 - Finance that Fits

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Invest in Nottingham will help the city's businesses get back on track for expansion in 2021 with a series of seminars.

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Following two successful events on diversity and talent, the final event in the Accelerating Growth 2021 series will focus on Finance that Fits on Wednesday 28th April at 1pm.

Panellists at the event include:

  • Sarah King, founder of Notts-based We Are Radikl
  • Lewis Stringer, from British Business Bank
  • Olly Betts, co-founder and CEO of OpenWrks

The free-to-attend event will feature four panellists with expert knowledge of funding options, including representatives from the British Business Bank and OpenWrks – one of the leading fintechs in the field of Open Banking.

They will also be joined by Sarah King, one of the founders of Notts-based We Are Radikl, a support network for women entrepreneurs, which has just been through a funding round itself.

Sarah said: “Going through our own investment round has highlighted some of the inequalities that exist in the world of investment, myths which need dispelling, and the importance of role models – people who fall outside a dominant narrative which suggests investors and investable businesses need to look and feel a certain way.

“We are Radikl exists to increase the start-up and growth rate of businesses founded by women so that everyone shares in the benefits this will bring. This is why we’re really looking forwards to sharing our knowledge at the Accelerating Growth seminar.”

The ‘Finance Which Fits’ event will take place online on Wednesday 28th April between 1-2pm. The panel will also include Lewis Stringer from British Business Bank, and Olly Betts, co-founder and CEO of OpenWrks.

Lewis Stringer said: “The British Business Bank is the government-owned economic development bank which is dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses.

“We support a number of funds targeted at businesses with growth potential, including the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), and I’m really looking forwards to hearing from scale-up businesses and understanding some of the challenges they face.”

Olly Betts added: “Scale-ups are critical to the future of the economy and making sure they’ve got access to advice from people who understand the challenges they face and the potential they’ve got is incredibly important.

“At OpenWrks, we’ve been through several funding rounds ourselves and we’re big believers in sharing knowledge with people on similar entrepreneurial journeys.”

Invest in Nottingham is part of Marketing Nottingham. It promotes inward investment into the area and supports the growth of key sectors that have the capacity to expand and attract new businesses.

The Accelerating Growth programme, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, is a three-part series which examines the challenges associated with issues which can slow momentum amongst scale-ups.

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