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INSPIRING GROWTH: Alternative ways to take your business to the next level
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INSPIRING GROWTH: Alternative ways to take your business to the next level

INSPIRING GROWTH: Alternative ways to take your business to the next level

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For SMEs in Scotland, the transformation from an early-stage to a mature and successful business can be extremely challenging.


With traditional debt and equity funding difficult to access for young companies, alternative finance - usually sourced through crowdfunding platforms - is increasingly being used to drive forward businesses with high-growth ambitions. One of the broader challenges is matching businesses with investors to plug gaps in both the supply and demand of finance to support SME growth.

This event - targeted at established businesses looking to scale up - will hear from a range of experts about the benefits of alternative finance. It will also look at a wider range of issues affecting SMEs, including exports, e-commerce and how to overcome the variety of challenges facing businesses wanting to scale up. The ultimate aim is to help them compete in UK and international markets.


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9:00: Welcome and Introduction by Chair


Session 1 - Overview

9:05: The Scottish economy and the importance of SMEs: an overview

Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work


9:30: - Inspiration and perspiration: two paths to business success
Petra Wetzel, Founder and Managing Director, WEST Brewery


9:55: Innovative funding solutions for SMEs: How alternative finance is challenging traditional funding solutions
Stuart Lunn, CEO, Lending Crowd


10:15: Supporting small businesses in Scotland through alternative finance
Derek Shaw, Investment Director, Scottish Investment Bank


10:35: Moving to the next level: what you need to scale up and grow
Paula Skinner, Partner, Haprper Macleod


10:55: Q&A with last four speakers


11:15: Coffee


Session 2 - Different paths to growth

11:40: Taking one step at a time to tech success

Leah Hutcheon, Founder and Chief Executive, Appointedd


11:55: E-commerce as a driver of global growth

Emil Stickland, Thrive Digital


12:10: Exporting skills and knowledge

Angela Morrison, amiExecutive


12:25: The five pillars of making your own luck

Brian Smillie, Beezer


12:40: Q&A with last four speakers


1:00: Summary and close



Fees include refreshments before and during the event followed by a networking lunch and access to post-conference reports.


For more information please email conferences@scotsman.com or give the team a call on
0131 311 7233.

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