In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis new forms of SME finance are emerging in the place of traditional banking and equity finance sources in the UK.
This conference provides a timely forum for leading academics, practitioners and policy makers to disseminate current research and practitioner knowledge exploring finance gaps, and how best to address the financing needs of small, high growth potential, businesses that can assist UK economic expansion.
This one day conference will cover a wide range of current and new forms of finance for small firms with growth potential and should be of interest to academics, researchers, financers and intermediaries, policymakers and the small business community.
Key presenters include:
Daniel Van Der Schans, British Business Bank “The British Business Bank’s role in facilitating economic growth by addressing imperfections in SME finance markets”
David Gill, Director of St John’s InnovationCentre “A new 3i: Venture Capital and the role for government intervention”
Andy Davis, Financial Times Journalist and Author of Seeds of Change “Lessons from the early years of P2P finance”
Professor David Deakins, formerly of Massey University, Wellington “Finance of technology based small firms in New Zealand”
Professor Richard Harrison, Edinburgh University “The transformation of the business angel market: evidence from Scotland”
Jenny Tooth, CEO of UK Business Angels Association“The new value chain for UK angel finance”
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, University of the West of England,“Access to finance for SMEs on the periphery – evidence from Wales.”
Dr Ciaran Mac An Bhaird, Dublin City University “Seeding the cloud: financing innovative firms in the software applications sector”
Jeff Lynn, CEO of Seedrs“Making the most of online efficiencies to raise start-up capital”
Geoff Whittam, Glasgow Caledonian University, Steve Talbot, University of the West of Scotland, and Dr Ciaran Mac An Bhaird, “Credit Unions past present and future: can they be utilised for start-ups?”
Dr Robert Baldock, CEEDR, Middlesex University Business School “UK Government equity schemes, post GFC”