Access to Finance Wandsworth

Funding and Support for Local Businesses

 Do you have a great idea for a business?

  • Is your existing business in need of funding?
  • Confused by what type of funding is available to you?
  • Been refused finance by the bank?
  • Struggling to understand or manage your cash flow?

Then this event is for you!

There are now more funding options available than ever before for new and growing businesses. This event will help local business owners gain insight into the increasingly diverse funding landscape for SMEs. Learn directly from experts who are helping businesses like yours access finance right now.

Come along and find out about the different finance options available for your business at this free event for local businesses. Business advisers from the Your Business Your Growth free support programme will also be present on the day.

Tuesday 27 September, 8 am to 8 pm (Networking Reception: 8 pm to 9.30 pm)

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN 

This all day event will feature 1-1 finance advice sessions, seminars, panel discussion, facetime with business and finance advisers and networking. 

1:1 Business Finance Advice Sessions

9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Sign up for a 20 minute 1:1 finance advice session. Speak to a professional adviser about:

  • Raising finance for your start up or existing business
  • How to overcome cash flow issues
  • What finance options are available to your business
  • Any other issues relating to business finance you may be experiencing.

Book your place on the 1:1 Business Finance Advice Sessions and find out more on Eventbrite

Breakfast Seminar:
Keep Going, Keep Growing - ICAEW and The British Business Bank

8 am to 9.30 am (Registration at 7.45 am)

Following the Brexit vote, Clive Lewis, Head of Enterprise at Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) discusses how small businesses can thrive and prosper during uncertain times. While the British Business Bank gives an overview of the funding landscape for SMEs in the UK.  

Book your place on the Keep Going, Keep Growing seminar and find out more on Eventbrite

Making the dream a reality: How to finance your start up - GLE and NatWest

10.30 am to 12 noon

Viv Scantlebury (GLE) discusses how the government funded, Start Up Loan scheme works, how your request for funding is assessed and what is required for a successful application. Bob Wildrington takes you through the different financing sources available to start ups and explains how to get your business ready for finance.

Book your place on the Making the Dream a Reality: How to Finance Your Start Up seminar and find out more on Eventbrite

How to manage your cashflow, before it manages you! Blue Dot Consulting

12.30 pm to 2 pm

Managing cash flow is critical to survival and success in businesses. Michael Austin, MD and founder of Blue Dot Consulting takes you through the techniques that can help improve and manage your cash flow.

Book your place on the How to Manage Your Cashflow, Before It Manages You! seminar and find out more on Eventbrite

Panel Discussion:
An introduction to crowd funding and alternative finance for SMEs

6 pm to 8 pm

In this panel discussion you will find out what you need to know about crowdfunding, and if it's right for your business. You'll also learn how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign and hear from leading funding specialists about the various sources of alternative finance currently available to SMEs. You'll also hear from successful crowdfunding entrepreneurs such as Merilee Karr, founder of Under the Doormat,  who will share their experiences and tell you what worked and what didn't.


Seedrs: Frank Webster - Campaigns Director

Funding Circle: Dan Sinclair Taylor - National Partnership Manager

GLE: John Rudd - Financial Adviser

Under the Doormat:  Merilee Karr - founder

Moderated by Rebecca Burn-Callander, former Enterprise Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.

Book your place on the Introduction to Crowd Funding and Alternative Finance for SMEs panel discussion and find out more on Eventbrite


Discussion panellists with moderator Rebecca Burn-Callander

Panellists Merilee Karr, Dan Sinclair Taylor, Frank Webster, John Rudd and moderator Rebecca Burn-Callander (from left to right)


Networking Reception

8 pm to 9.30 pm