Over 100 business-people attended the 13th running of our Finance in Cornwall event held at Newquay Cinema this week. The event, which was part of Cornwall Business Week attracted businesses from around the county and assisted them in understanding the range of business financing options.
The event was extremely well received and I was especially pleased to hear from some attendees that it was just the event they were looking for – covering as it did the full range of finance options available to businesses in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. It certainly makes the effort that goes into hosting the event more than worthwhile.
The event was timely, with recent research carried out by the British Business Bank highlighting the need for greater awareness of smaller firms’ financing options.
The slides from the individual sessions can be found below:
- Equity – from Business Angels to a Stock Exchange Listing in 75 minutes
- Debt – banks and the alternative finance market and how to navigate through the 360 options
- Research and Development (R&D) – local and national grant and business support schemes and R&D Tax Credits
- “Cornwall – a great place to do business” – panel discussion
This year’s event saw three sessions hosted by other organisations: Cornwall Chamber (debt); Acceleration Through Innovation (R&D) and Cornwall Trade and Investment. This approach seemed very much in keeping with one of the themes coming out the panel discussion hosted by Cornwall Trade and Investment – collaboration.
I did find the panel discussion very uplifting; particularly as a proud Cornish-man interested in the tech sector; judging by comments on Twitter, I was not alone in enjoying this session. Thank you to Nicola Lloyd from Cornwall Trade and Investment for pulling this together. Thank you also to Kim and Darren at Cornwall Chamber and John and Jessica at Acceleration Through Innovation for both selecting such an interesting range of speakers for their sessions and for chairing these to perfection (my colleague does get fixated with timings on the day!). As always, the presentation by a company went down very well with the audience and I certainly look forward to hearing more on the progress of Cornish Lithium.
Before I sign off, I need to say a HUGE thank you to my colleagues Linda and Devon for making this event happen. Any plaudits received for the event organisation (and there were quite a few!) are due to their efforts before and during the event – it was as always a pleasure working with them. By Andrew James