In collaboration with Fresh Air Studios, this year's Access to Finance live will be hosted and presented live in studio with back-to-back content from exhibitors and sponsors.
An exciting finance marathon to provide invaluable financial advice and support for making a success of 2021 and how to fuel your post-COVID recovery.
The 2021 virtual Finance Expo is aimed at aspirational businesses seeking investment and support as they look to grow as well as students and entrepreneurs alike.
It's sponsored and backed by leading organisations including Western Union, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) and Start Point Finance.
Experts from across the finance and investment sectors will give a series of practical and impartial seminars throughout the event, unravelling the sometimes-complex routes to commercial support, business accountancy and explaining super capital allowances announced in the recent budget. Helping you to understand the new world of finance including International Trade and Brexit.
Historical funding routes have changed, with high-street banks operating under new lending guidelines and new entrants now offering a range of viable alternative options.
A BCC survey of more than 1,000 firms at the end of January revealed that many firms were struggling due to the continued COVID restrictions, with 55 per cent of respondents saying they were looking to access finance over the next 12 months.
Of these, almost two out of three (63 per cent) are doing so to support their cashflow, and only 28 per cent are doing so to invest in products, research and development, or equipment.
In a marketplace confusing for businesses who might lack a specialist finance director, this is an opportunity for businesses to:
• Find new sources of financial investment best suited to you
• Learn how historic funding routes have changed and viable alternatives to traditional funders
• Meet their new lender
• Meet their new accountant
• Meet new employers
Exhibiting will be a diverse and highly knowledgeable selection of organisations specialising in finance and investment who cover an array of sectors.
The HotSW LEP, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce recognise the importance of accessing the right financial support and information and are thus happy to support this event.
As the percentage of businesses with appropriately qualified finance directors is very small, it has been increasingly difficult for smaller growing businesses to identify appropriate sources of financial investment, with the financial articulation of requirements and projection of impact falling largely upon third parties, such as accountancy practices.
If you would like to find out more about any of our exhibitors, please click the links below: