In Planning growth, Raising finance, Rapidly scaling

Ready. Fund. Grow. – Fashion and Design


  • Thursday, 19 April 2018
    18:00 - 20:30 (GMT)
  • The Lounge, Grant Thornton, London
    EC2A 1AG - View map
  • 02:30 hours
  • This event is free of charge

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Are you in the fashion or design industries and looking to raise external finance to grow your business?

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The UK funding landscape is ever-changing and almost weekly a new alternative source of funding becomes available to small businesses. If you have identified that you need to look externally to raise finance to grow your business, how will you navigate the funding landscape and identify which source of finance is the right one for your business? And crucially, how do you avoid wasting your time chasing the wrong funders?

‘Ready. Fund. Grow.’, brought to you by G is designed specifically with your business and your fundraise in mind. G’s Growth Finance team are experts in raising funds for small businesses – they have helped to shape over 400 equity and debt fundraising transactions in the last five years. 87% of the businesses G has supported have been successful in getting introductions to funders. Crowdfunding has emerged as a significant source of finance for high-growth companies in recent years. Crowdcube is one of the UK’s largest crowdfunding platforms, with over £360m of finance raised and over 600 businesses completing a successful funding round on the platform to date.

Join the G team on 19 April for an evening of unique insight from a panel of industry experts and investors in The Lounge.

The evening will cover:

  • Insights into today’s funding market in the UK
  • Stories of an entrepreneur – the growth journey from founding a fashion brand to raising investment
  • How to create impact with investors: hear first-hand from a panel of expert investors from the creative industries on what they look for in an investment opportunity and how you can maximise your chances of success in securing finance.

This will be followed by an evening of networking with other like-minded business leaders, plus the opportunity to sign up to one-to-one funding clinics with our G Growth Finance team, who will provide you with invaluable fundraising guidance tailored to your business.

Register for this event today to get ready for your next stage of business growth

  • Speakers
  • Speakers

    Darren Mulvihill, Senior Equity Fundraising Manager, Crowdcube

    Darren Mulvihill is a Senior Equity Fundraising Manager with Crowdcube, the world’s first and leading investment crowdfunding platform. Darren works with entrepreneurs who are looking to use the Crowdcube platform to raise investment for their businesses, enabling them to get the most out of the process as well as understand how to plan for successful campaigns.

    Prior to joining Crowdcube, Darren worked with an angel investment fund based in Ireland and established the Irish chapter of Startup Grind. He is a graduate of the Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin.

    Darran Green, Investment Director, Rockpool

    Darran is Investment Director at Rockpool, a private equity firm with investments in consumer brands including Pretty Green, Knomo and House of Hackney. Darran has over 10 years’ private equity experience, starting at Terra Firma Capital Partners. Darran holds an MBA, and degrees in law and finance as well as being a qualified accountant.

    Julie Silvester, Head of Equity, FSE

    Julie is Head of Equity at FSE, a fund manager providing debt and equity solutions for SMEs across the South East. Julie has made more than 30 investments and sat on the board of a large proportion of these including lingerie brand Blue Bella. Julie has a corporate finance and structured finance background, working previously with Hawkpoint Partners and NatWest Markets.

    Maria Wagner, Investment Director, Beringea

    Maria is responsible for sourcing investments, executing deals and monitoring portfolio companies. She currently sits on the boards of Switch My Business, Honeycomb.TV and My 1st Years. Maria was also on the boards of MyOptique and Big Data Partnership before they were sold.

    Maria was previously Managing Director of Birchbox UK, a beauty ecommerce and subscription business. Prior to this, she was on the investment teams at Virgin Group and GMT Partners, where she made investments and monitored portfolio companies, mainly in the digital and media sectors. Maria began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and an Engagement Manager at McKinsey in New York. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from MIT.

    Penny Tarling, Investment Manager, Pentland Ventures

    Penny is an Investment Manager at Pentland Ventures, part of the investment division of Pentland Group. Pentland owns a number of activewear brands such as Speedo and Berghaus and holds the global footwear licence for Lacoste and Ted Baker. It is also majority shareholder of JD Sports. Penny’s role is to source new investment opportunities in consumer brands and strategic technology businesses (e.g. HR, retail tech), execute deals and oversee Pentland Ventures’ portfolio of companies which includes Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein, Tracksmith and Vanarama.

    Fae Reid, Finance Director, Butterfly Twists

    Fae has spent the last 15 years in senior finance positions at multinational consumer brands, including Apparel Group Australia and Thomas Cook. More recently, Fae was worked within Commercial Finance at River Island, where she was responsible for e-commerce and wholesale.
    Fae is a hands-on dynamic CFO supporting the commercial and supply chain growth of Butterfly Twists.

    Butterfly Twists is a fast-growing, fashionable global footwear brand for women leading busy and unpredictable lifestyles. The Company launched the world’s favourite ballerina in 2009 and has been challenging the footwear market since. Butterfly Twists’ innovative new technologies, including folding Twist TechTM for convenience and Triple BounceTM technology for soft cushioning, have been used to create a versatile product range that addresses the demand for comfortable and stylish footwear.