Another popular Funding for Innovation event saw a diverse selection of successful local business owners join together with enthusiastic start-up entrepreneurs.
On November 3rd the latest Funding for Innovation event saw a diverse selection of successful local business owners join together with enthusiastic start-up entrepreneurs, as they attended our popular collaborative seminar. The event was organised by Leicester Business Voice in conjunction with the IoD (Institute Of Directors) East Midlands, and opened by Roger Marchant, a Director of Leicestershire Business Voice and Partner at UHY Hacker Young.
Funding for Innovation, part of the Leicester Business Festival, was held at the National Space Centre – a fitting venue for participants pondering upon the future. A variety of speakers were on hand to advise attendees on how to gain access to funding and key resources, and the challenges ahead for the UK.
The speakers included the Head of Regional Business Engagement at the University of Leicester, Anjuu Trevedi, who spoke at length about the University’s many development programmes, initiatives and access points for funding. Also offering their experience and insight was David Marshall, Commercial Finance Consultant for Sterling Capital Reserve Ltd, who offered financial options for businesses. In addition, the IoD’s senior economist, Tej Parikh, spoke of the challenges ahead facing UK business growth, as it seeks to remain one of the world’s best business environments.
Sue Charlesworth, Head of Business Development at IoD East Midlands, reminded delegates of the excellent opportunities offered by the IoD’s 99 programme, aimed at companies which have only been in business for under five years.
One would-be 99 member was Yolanda Dixon from Leicester, a student of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, who is looking for funding to support her planned Ebony Cosmetics business. Daniel Brennan, who has started his own Brennan Brewery in Leicestershire, was another young entrepreneur seeking funding.