Overseas procurement and offshore production is a route many growing businesses choose – whether based on cost, availability or quality. We will be looking at both the finance facilities available to small and medium enterprises together with access to advice on how to minimise risk.

At these conferences we do something different. Our conferences involve ‘live’ case studies, informal panel discussions, Q&As and networking.

We build in time for attendees to really question speakers to help ensure each attendee gains a tangible learning that will impact their business.


We are excited to announce the first Informed Funding Conference of 2017 – hot on the heals of our successful 2016 series of seminars and conferences.

Our focus for the day of 30 March 2017 will be on TRADE FINANCE – both domestic and international. This event will be the biggest UK gathering of trade finance expertise in one place – all to the benefit of companies that want to GROW.

We are once again hiring the wonderful Glaziers Hall on London’s South Bank. We love this venue for its great ambience as well ideal location.

What you can expect from the day:

Free Access to Specialist Workshops with leading experts on finance, currency management, trade and international law.

Meet the widest possible range of innovative trade funders who target the New and Growing Company market

Meet Government agencies that are looking to support UK businesses internationally – including department of International Trade.

Hear from leading authorities on what is new and on the horizon for trade finance.

Learn from experience – we will be case studying some outstanding UK growth companies that have made their mark internationally. Speakers include Lorne Vary – CFO and COO of Brompton Bikes.

Market Overviews

Meet Government agencies, including Department of International Trade and UK Export Finance

Network over regular refreshments as well as an extended buffet lunch.


8:45 to 9:00 Registration: with refreshments served.

9:00 to 9:10 Welcome to the Day: with Chris Dines, CEO of Informed Funding.

9:10 to 9:35 Keynote Speech: The Future of Global Trade, with Dr Rebecca Harding, Co-founder and CEO of Equant-Analytics.

9:35 Introduction from the Workspace Group, with Stefan Duda, Corporate Development Manager at Workspace.

9:40 to 10:05 Case Study One: BBOXX is a venture backed company developing solutions to provide affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world. The company now employs 350 staff across UK, China and East Africa. We’re featuring Anshul Patel, VP of Business Development at BBOXX.

Anshul led their Kenyan operations and BBOXX’s flagship securitisation of distributed off-grid energy receivables. BBOXX are a customer of the Workspace Group, based out of Chiswick Studios in West London.  

10:05 to 11:00 Main Session One: How to Finance the Orders you Win – So, you’ve got the sale now you have to deliver and that can be a big working capital drag.

Mark Runiewicz, CEO of Trade & Export Finance Limited will lead this session, which will include input from UK Export Finance, Archana Singh, Export Finance Manager.

11:00 to 11:20 Refreshment Break

11:20 to 12:05 Main Session Two: How to Finance Equipment, Production and Stock - This session will be led and chaired by Gary Jesson, Managing Director and Co-Founder of EFM. Gary leads EFM, providing their clients with the trained eye of an experienced Finance Director, raising finance, providing strong discipline and leading companies through difficult periods.

This session will feature: Guy Willans, COO from TradeRiver (UK) Ltd. TradeRiver is a simple alternative to conventional bank trade facilities and provides a source of unsecured working capital, allowing companies to grow faster. 

Alexandra Arens, CEO & Co-Founder of Claribel London. Peruvian-born Alexandra Arens founded Claribel London after embarking on decorating her first London apartment.  Having lived in 8 different cities, she had an idea of what she wanted - a product ethically sourced, chic, elegant and fairly priced, but couldn’t find anything to meet her needs. She turned to former fashion designer and now partner Mariana Barrios for advice and the two founded Claribel a homeware brand championing responsibly sourced Peruvian products. Claribel London are a customer of the Workspace Group, based out of The Leather Market.

Matthew Goddard from Trade Finance Solutions. Matt is an experienced corporate finance professional with over 25 years working in the Trade & Export Finance; Asset Finance & Asset Based Lending sectors.

12:05 to 12:50 Main Session Three: How to Manage Risk - Here we focus on regulatory compliance, receipt/payment risk and currency management. This session will be led and chaired by Ed Simpson, Director and Founder of The Legal Director.

Ed Simpson is an experienced corporate/commercial lawyer who combines wide-ranging technical legal expertise with hands-on business experience to provide pragmatic solution-driven advice to businesses.

This session will feature: Heather Lee, Product Lead of Trade Finance at Accuity. Accuity offers a suite of innovative solutions for payments and compliance professionals, from comprehensive data and software that manage risk and compliance, to flexible tools that optimize payments pathways.

Kevin Bottwood, Senior Business Development Manager at Smart Currency Business. Smart Currency Business is a recognised expert in international money transfers, providing UK companies with tailored currency exchange services.

12:50 to 13:15 Case Study Two: Brompton Bikes makes over 45,000 bikes per year, in London, and is the UK’s largest bike manufacturer. Brompton now does business in 45 countries. With Lorne Vary, Chief Financial & Business Development Officer at Brompton Bicycle

13:15 to 15:00 Lunch Served – Extended Buffet Lunch: A chance to meet other delegates and also to share some lunch at 1:1 meeting

13:45 to 15:30  1:1 Workshops Sessions: book private time with Funders, Finance, Legal and Trade experts. There will be capacity on the day to book meetings.

1:1 Sessions  - Legal and Finance experts will be ready to meet you for 1:1 sessions helping you with your specific questions and challenges

·         EFM

·         The Legal Director

·         TAEFL

Meet Funders and Other Advisors - During lunch and other Refreshment breaks, a wide range of organisation that can assist business will have their own meeting table

*Our timetable and mix of speakers is always subject to amendment, dependent on availability.



Customers of the Workspace Group and Club Workspace have free premium access to Informed Funding including free membership and preferential access to our conferences.

Informed Funding is Sponsored by Workspace.


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