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A bite to eat with region's business leader

Published: 14th March 2007

Cees Zwaard will be speaking at the Pro-SY breakfast at the Marriott Hotel, Thursday March 15, 8am-9:30am

For those who like to start the day with a thumb through the business pages of the daily newspaper, one of the regions most successful businessmen is offering to bring those pages to life over breakfast in an event organised by Pro South Yorkshire.

Winner of the Business Link South Yorkshire Business Start Up Award in 2006, Cees Zwaard is giving his time to Pro-South Yorkshire to tell his story and share his experiences at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday March 15.

Cees has more than 23 years experience at CEO level in starting, directing, controlling, and restructuring a diverse range of companies and products within the publishing, multi-media, entertainment and new technology industry.

Trevor Kelly, Chief Executive of Pro-South Yorkshire, said: We are delighted that Cees has agreed to give us an insight into his experiences in starting up new businesses and allow us to learn from him in such an informal way.

Pro-South Yorkshire (Pro-SY) was formed three years ago, as a pilot project led by South Yorkshire Investment Fund with the support of Business Link South Yorkshire, Renaissance South Yorkshire and Objective One. The aim was to test the viability of a group for the business, professional and financial sectors within the South Yorkshire region.

Over the last three years it became clear that such an organisation is essential for promoting professional services in South Yorkshire, to stimulate more business for the fastest growing sector in the region.

The Cees Zwaard breakfast networking event takes place between 8 and 9:30am at the Marriott Hotel, Kenwood Road, Sheffield, and is £12.50 for Pro-South Yorkshire members and £15 for non-members including breakfast.

For more information or to reserve a place contact Jill Boyington on 0114 275 2965 or email jillb@pro-sy.com

Editor's Notes

About South Yorkshire Investment Fund

South Yorkshire Investment Fund  provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.

Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.

For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler,  on 0845 649 0000.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).