Brought to you by our partners Informed Funding (iF) this webinar is designed for ambitious business leaders who wish to understand the current funding market and outlook for the second half of 2020. The session will cover VC activity, Future Fund and the market for Grant support through Innovate UK’s R&D loans and grants funding packages.

During the webinar, Informed Funding will explain the structures and parameters of Future Fund, including:

  • Matched Funding requirements (and where from)
  • Rules around Loan to Equity Conversion
  • Implications for existing and future shareholders
  • Effective cost

In recent years the UK has been a great place to start ambitious companies – a vibrant Angel and VC market supported by tax incentives and a growing culture of collaboration and flexible working.

Covid-19 has given that ecosystem a real jolt – or has it? Since the start of 2020. London based companies have raised $4bn of VC funds, more than Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and Tel Aviv combined. The recent launch of Future Fund has already seen £50m of Government funds co-invested with other investors.

The Panel

Webinar Host Chris Dines, CEO of Informed Funding 
Chris Dines has a long career as an entrepreneur and thought leader in the areas of business intelligence, technology and growth company finance. An economics graduate, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and managed a successful corporate finance team at PwC. As CEO, he built leading Tech Research business, Ovum, achieving an IPO on the London Market and subsequent sale (now part of Informa Group). He has built, from scratch, Knowledge Peers and Informed Funding, with both organisations focused on P2P knowledge sharing in the UK SME sector. He is on the Boards of leading PropTech business Key Agent and leading PR business, William Murray Communications.    

Malcolm Holloway, Director of the EFM Network 
Malcolm provides hands on, on-site business advisory support, through his professional and practical experience, gained through many years of business leadership, advisory practice and financial management. He is also a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, with over thirty years’ experience in general practice and management roles with medium sized accountancy firms and SME’s. Malcolm has spent the last 15 years running his own business, advising SME’s and high growth start-ups. He currently sits on the board of a number of Venture Capital backed high growth technology businesses’, and acts as a finance director for a regional Venture Capital Firm, where he assists in investment decisions. Malcolm has a wealth of experience in operating companies. He started, bought and sold his own businesses as well as assisting client companies in raising funds and realising value on exit.

Steve Plant, Portfolio Finance Director at EFM
Steve is an experienced and approachable Finance Director who has a passion for working with a portfolio of growing SMEs. In addition to strategic and operational responsibilities, he has experience in business start-ups, acquisitions, disposals, business roll-outs, and international investment. As a Chartered Accountant, Steve has put his skills to good use in countries as diverse as India, Russia and Singapore and relishes working in different cultural environments as well as the UK. Steve works with early stage businesses on their funding journey and has  helped several businesses raise VC funding in recent months. Steve is part-time CFO of 3 businesses who have received Northern Powerhouse Funding and is the finance Trustee of the Octagon Theatre Bolton.

Spaces are limited so register today for your virtual seat.

About Informed Funding
Informed Funding (iF) is a source of guidance and advice designed to help ambitious business leaders to develop financial strategies and identify the options available to them to attract funding.

Workspace customers and Club workspace members have free access to 1 to 1 financial and funding strategy consultations, finance strategy workshops and access to Informed Funding’s wider network of funders.

Informed Funding supports founders, directors and business owners at Workspace since its launch in February 2015. For more information on the Informed Funding and Workspace partnership, please visit the Informed Funding Hub. 

Other Services
If you require in-depth tailored support, Workspace customers and Club Workspace members may access Informed Funding’s free 1 to 1 Financial and Funding Strategy Consultation Service. 

If you’re a Workspace customer or Club Workspace member and have an urgent COVID-19 related financial or funding question please use Informed Funding's rapid response COVID-19 Call-Back Service. They'll connect you with one of their experts for a 30 minute informal call. 

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