Finance 2020 - The funding and business support landscape for SMEs
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Finance 2020

The funding and business support landscape for SMEs

We have spoken to a number of our contacts from funding and business support organisations who have provided short, informative vlogs on the current landscape, including government support measures, as we move out of lockdown and into the future.

The contributors have been split into four separate areas and within those sections you can easily navigate between presentations. This means you can watch everything in one go, just watch the sections you are interested in or indeed dip in and out of each section as it suits you.

There is also extra information available on the areas covered and/ or the funders and business support agencies that can be downloaded by clicking on the button below each section.

Click on the sections below to reveal the relevant presentation video and notes:

Whilst a lot of the attention has been on the government backed loan schemes, which will continue for some time to come, we have already noted some funders are looking beyond this. Lenders also give their top tips when considering your funding requirements.

Key Contributors: Nick Tippett (PKF Francis Clark), Rob Love (CrowdFunder), Lloyd Brina (British Business Bank), Lauren Couch & Sinead Johnson (Growth Lending Group), Mike Chapman (SWIG Finance), Amy Cotton & Kip Noble (, Aaron Hamshire (Lloyds Bank), Claire Richards (Folk2Folk), Paul Caunter (Ignition Credit), Brent Treloar & Tim Williams (CIOSIF), Edwin Davies (BGF), Claire Dorrian (London Stock Exchange).

Innovation will continue to be one of the cornerstones of UK business development. Covid-19 has seen increased attention to funding in this area, here we look at recent developments and experiences during this time.

Key Contributors: Julian Bowrey (Innovate UK), John Hutchings (Acceleration Through Innovation), James Fairburn (Aerospace Cornwall), Matt Hodson (Marine-I Cornwall), Stuart Rogers (PKF Francis Clark).

With increased attention on local authorities and growth hubs as centres for information, we have asked some of the key players to give an overview of recent events and how they see the future.

Key Contributors: Nicky Cornish (PKF Francis Clark), Louis Mathers (Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Enterprise), Kim Conchie (Cornwall Chamber of Commerce), Ian Watkins & Matt Borne (Growth Skills Hub), Nathan Harrow (CDC-Big Productivity), Jon Teague (Community Led Development), Heather Coupland (Access to Finance Programme), David Brock (Your Partnerships).

Here we have gathered members of our own teams to give their thoughts on key issues that you should be thinking about as the economy begins to emerge from lockdown. These include cloud accounting, business projections, strategic business reviews, your personal finances and help and support for those businesses facing an uncertain future.

Key Contributors from PKF Francis Clark: Tom Roach, Georgina Stephens, Fred Lucken, Paul Stout, Martin Brown, Reme Holland, Lucinda Coleman.

If you would like to explore any of the funders or business support agencies further, please either contact them directly (details in the downloadable information packs), or Richard Wadman would be more than happy to put you in touch.

For the services presented by our team, please either contact them directly (details in the notes) or if you prefer your usual PKF Francis Clark adviser will help you.

FEATURING: Richard Wadman
Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1993. Since 2006 he has worked in Corporate Finance, firstly with the predecessor firm in Truro… read more
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