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New Alternative Finance Funds for SMEs: A Breakfast Event

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Alternative finance now provides exciting new sources of external finance for small businesses or SMEs and the UK is a world leader in this area. Equity crowdfunding platforms enable firms to raise pre-IPO equity without involving the stock market. Another method of alternative finance is invoice trading, which is one of the most recent developments in alternative finance and provides a new source of very short term finance to small businesses.

The ESRC-funded Business and Local Government (BLG) Data Research Centre is organising a breakfast event to spread awareness of these exciting new funding sources at a time when many successful SMEs are struggling to rise funds from traditional sources. Professor Jerry Coakley from the Essex Business School and Deputy Director of the BLG Data Research Centre will introduce the session, and will be joined by representatives from market leading organisations in the alternative finance sector, including Jonathan Keeling from Crowdcube, a market leader in equity crowdfunding. They will briefly outline their respective offerings and provide attendees with details on steps and information needed for successful funding applications.

The audience will include SMEs, accounting and law professionals (who may act as agents in recommending/ vouching for SME clients), business organisations, LEPs, local councils and other interested bodies.

Breakfast pastries will be available for attendees to enjoy whilst you listen to our speakers. There will also be the opportunity to network afterwards for those who do not need to rush back to work immediately!

7:20am – 7:50am Coffee and registration

7.50am – 8:30am Main event and pastries

8.30am - 9:15am Further questions and networking

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