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INSPIRING GROWTH: Alternative ways to take your business to the next level
22nd March 2017 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm£59 + VAT
For SMEs in Scotland, the transformation from an early-stage to a mature and successful business can be extremely challenging.
With traditional debt and equity funding difficult to access for young companies, alternative finance – usually sourced through crowdfunding platforms – is increasingly being used to drive forward businesses with high-growth ambitions. One of the broader challenges is matching businesses with investors to plug gaps in both the supply and demand of finance to support SME growth.
This event – targeted at established businesses looking to scale up – will hear from a range of experts about the benefits of alternative finance. It will also look at a wider range of issues affecting SMEs, including exports, e-commerce and how to overcome the variety of challenges facing businesses wanting to scale up. The ultimate aim is to help them compete in UK and international markets.
9:00am Welcome and Introduction by Chair
Laura Gordon, Vistage International and Corporate Connections International
Session 1 – Overview
9:05am The Scottish economy and the importance of SMEs: an overview plus Q&A
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work
9:30am Inspiration and perspiration: two paths to business success
Petra Wetzel, Founder and Managing Director, WEST Brewery
9:55am Innovative funding solutions for SMEs: How alternative finance is challenging traditional funding solutions
Stuart Lunn, CEO, LendingCrowd
10:15am Supporting small businesses in Scotland through alternative finance
Derek Shaw, Investment Director, Scottish Investment Bank
10:30am Moving to the next level: what you need to scale up and grow
Paula Skinner, Partner, Harper Macleod
10:50am Q&A with Petra Wetzel, Stuart Lunn, Derek Shaw and Paula Skinner
11:10 Coffee Break
Session 2 – Different paths to growth
11:40am Taking one step at a time to tech success
Leah Hutcheon, Founder and Chief Executive, Appointedd
11:55am E-Commerce as a driver of global growth
Emil Stickland, Director, Thrive Digital
12:10pm Exporting skills and knowledge
Angela Morrison, Founder, Owner and Director, amiExecutive
12:25pm The five pillars of making your own luck
Brian Smillie, Founder and CEO, Beezer
12:40pm Q&A with Leah Hutcheon, Emil Stickland, Angela Morrison, Brian Smillie and Lucy-Rose Walker, Chief Entrepreneuring Officer, Entrepreneurial Spark
1:00pm Summary by Chair and close
Fees include refreshments before and during the event followed by a networking lunch and access to post-conference reports.