In Planning growth, Raising finance, Rapidly scaling

Ready. Fund. Grow. – Tech: Manchester


  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018
    18:00 - 20:30 (GMT)
  • Old Granada Studios, Manchester
    M3 3BE - View map
  • 02:30 hours
  • This event is free of charge
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Are you in the tech industry and looking to raise external finance to grow your business?

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. The Growth Finance team at G are experts in raising funds for small businesses – they have already supported over 400 founders, just like you, to raise over £230m.

Meet the team and some of their contacts from the funding world at the Old Granada Studios on 15 May for an evening of unique insight and the opportunity to receive bespoke advice for your business.

The evening will cover:

  • Insights into today’s funding market in the UK
  • How to create impact with investors: hear first-hand from a panel of expert investors 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 for one-to-one funding clinics with our Growth Finance team, who will provide you with invaluable advice, tailored to your business.

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

  • Speakers
  • Speakers

    Matt Mawdesley, Investment Manager, Fund TMT

    Matt is an Investment Manager at fund:tmt and was most recently at the helm of NatWest / RBS's TMT portfolio in the North West of England - providing senior debt, 'working capital and strategic advice to management teams in the sector. Matt joined RBS on their Corporate Banking Graduate Programme after studying Accounting and Business Finance at The University of York. He is also a private investor and Non-Executive Director in home-tech & IoT business Wondrwall.

    In his spare time, Matt is a keen footballer and skier, whilst also mentoring high-growth technology businesses and getting his 'geek' on at numerous tech events! Years later, he's still trying to grow his beard to fit in with the tech crowd!

    Will Clark, Fund Manager, Mercia Fund Managers

    Will joined the Group in 2011, and has over 16 years' experience in venture capital. He is joint Fund Manager for the £57.5m NPIF - Mercia Equity Team which provides support for entrepreneurs to build high-growth innovative companies. The Fund can provide risk capital for new and early-stage startups, both tech and non-tech, together with scale-up capital for ambitious, established growth businesses located throughout Yorkshire, Humber and the Tees Valley. He also has overall responsibility for the North West Fund for Venture Capital and the Mezzanine portfolio.

    Will was previously a director with 3i, based in Manchester, with responsibility for a £500.0m portfolio of investments across the UK. The earlier part of his career was spent with Ernst & Young as a member of its corporate finance team in the north of England. Will has been working with regionally-based growth and venture capital-backed companies since 1989, and in that time has been involved in more than 150 transactions.

    Garry Partington, Chairman and CEO, Apadmi Ventures

    With more than 20 years of experience and a deep understanding of the mobile industry, Garry knows what it takes to create and deliver successful mobile-based products. Garry serves as Chairman and CEO of Apadmi, a multi award-winning international mobile technology company, which he founded in 2007 and currently employs 60+ people. Garry also founded RealityMine, winner of the Queens International Trade Award, a VC-backed big data and analytics business the to the media and market research industries.

    Prior to founding Apadmi, Garry served as CTO of EMCC Software Ltd. During his tenure, he was responsible for leading a world-class development team, which expanded from two people to a total of 250 without any private investment. Garry is also the founder of Mobile Monday Manchester, a division of the global mobile networking group in the UK.

    Rob Jones, Investment Manager, Foresight Group

    Rob Jones joined Foresight Group in 2016 and currently works as an Investment Manager in the Manchester office.

    Rob has over eight years of 'M&A' experience. He is responsible for sourcing and executing investments and providing ongoing strategic and financial advice to existing portfolio companies, specifically in the Regional Investment Fund. Prior to joining Foresight, Rob worked at EY as an Associate Director where he focused on advising mid-market Private Equity firms and corporates on a wide range of transactions. He trained with RSM Tenon where he spent the majority of his time advising owner managed businesses on company sales and fundraisings.

    Sue Barnard, North West Regional Relationship Manager, British Business Bank

    Sue Barnard is the North West Regional Relationship Manager for the British Business Bank and supports the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Director in the delivery of NPIF with stakeholder responsibility for the North West working with the Local Enterprise Partnerships, ESIF Committees, Growth Hubs, Fund Managers and Key stakeholders.

    Sue has held similar positions for over 10 years with the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub and the North West Development Agency promoting a range of programmes from the North West Fund, The Manufacturing Advisory Service and through to North West Business Angels and the Start Up Loans Programme.