Sync Ipswich – The Finance One

  • The Atrium, University of Suffolk, Ipswich IP4 1QJ

    If there is no one at the door please press the buzzer. There will also be instructions on who to call if the session has already started.


The Finance One

The Scale-up report by Sherry Coutu CBE (Nov 2014) listed the following factors, in order of importance, as the key reasons why companies are unable to scale in the UK:

·  Finding employees to hire who have the skills they need

·  Building their leadership capability

·  Accessing customers in other markets / home market

·  Accessing the right combination of finance

·  Navigating infrastructure

We are looking to give time to give some time to each of these issues over the next year starting this month with accessing the right combination of finance. The interest shown during Neil Miles talk on starting a business, and specifically on accessing business funding has helped drive this event.

The night will provide an overview of funding opportunities available followed by a question panel, we ask that for the panel you submit your questions when registering for the event to allow the panel time to prepare good responses.

As always refreshments will be provided courtesy of Tech East.

The Panel

Peter Basford
Lloyds Bank

Peter joined Lloyds Bank in 1985 in Bury St Edmunds and has worked in Retail Banking, Group Audit, Private Banking and for the last 15 years in Commercial Banking.  Having travelled the country in 2015 he returned to his home county as Area Director for Commercial Banking working with a team supporting Suffolk SMEs.

Peter loves Suffolk and Ipswich Town and wants to help create jobs for youth so they can stay in our beautiful county.

Away from the bank Peter is a Board Member of Menta and Genix and a committee member for The Institute of Directors Suffolk Branch and is involved with the local Chambers of Commerce supporting businesses of all sizes.

He is also partial to a game of golf and is happiest in the Algarve when not at work!

Dr William Millar – Business Growth Adviser (Innovation)
New Anglia LEP

William is a Business Growth Adviser covering the A14 corridor with a special interest in innovation in Suffolk. Prior to joining the Growth Hub in 2014, he worked for different divisions in BT where he gained a wide ranging experience of creating and delivering innovative products and services for both consumers and large enterprise customers.

Before that he was a university lecturer and Visiting Professor.  He is particularly interested in helping businesses in the region who want to innovate in their offering to the market place, as well as any business wishing to grow

John Mayhew

Chairman of Fiscale, R&D Tax Credit specialists responsible for helping clients recover £14 million of Corporation Tax in relation to R&D Tax Credits, since 2014.

Justin Grainger
Conatus Finance

Conatus Financing Solutions Ltd, incorporating CrowdFundMe2, is independent of any lenders or platforms and offers business funding certainty across all funding and financing solutions from traditional bank lending, challenger banks and alternative funding such as private equity and crowdfunding. We have over 20 years’ experience including senior roles in banks and Justin Grainger, co-owner/director, is well placed to talk about funding types for business and how each fit into the growth and funding journey for Tech and other related businesses.

Sally Goodsell
Anglia Capital Groups

Sally is a business angel, mentor and coach and has been working with and investing in growth businesses for the past 30 years. She is a member of Anglia Capital Group, the local business angel network that operates across Norfolk and Suffolk. As CEO of the FSE Group from 2002 to 2012, Sally oversaw £100 million of investment into early stage and seed companies. From 2012 to 2016, she was a Director of Angels Den, a leading international crowd funding platform. She is a frequent media commentator on financial matters.

The Schedule

6:00pm Doors open and drinks available

6:30pm  Intro

6:40pm  Traditional Finance (Peter)

7:00pm  Government Support (William)

7:20pm  R&D Credits (John)

7:40pm  Break

8:00pm  Alternative Finding (Justin)

8:20pm  Q & A Panel (Peter, William, John, Justin & Sally)

9:00pm  Close

As the schedule tonight is tight and the building has access control, please ensure you arrive in time for the introduction.

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