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Grasping the opportunity- the Regional Enterprise Conference - The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Published: 11th November 2002

Are you a professional involved in advising small and medium size businesses? Are you an SME looking for advice on funding options?
What would help your decision-making process?
Come and have your say on the major issues facing new start-ups, development, expansion and diversification.

  • How easy is it for SMEs - and their advisors - to find the most suitable help?

  • How does it all fit into European, national and regional priorities?

  • What has it really been like for those who have grasped the opportunity?

Speakers and delegates at this half-day conference will address these issues in detail.

Three clients will also share their views about the advantages and the difficulties involved
John McCreery - Alambar Safety Products Limited, Doncaster
Mike Flanagan - ASP Limited, Doncaster
Graham Hall - AWV Turner & Co Ltd, Sheffield


THE PANEL AND SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
John Ashcroft - Board Member, Yorkshire Forward and Vice-Chairman, South Yorkshire Investment Fund (Conference Chairman)
Paul Fullerton - Deputy Agent, Bank of England Yorkshire and Humber Agency
Martin Havenhand - Chief Executive, Yorkshire Forward
Julian White - Business and Enterprise Programme Executive, Objective 1
Margaret Ferris - Director, South Yorkshire Investment Fund and Partner PKF
Brian James- Managing Director, Business Link South Yorkshire
Fergus Beesley - Chief Executive, Sheffield Community Enterprise Development Unit.

BOOKING DETAILS
GRASPING THE OPPORTUNITY - the Regional Enterprise Conference
Hellaby Hall Hotel, Rotherham
11.45am - 5.15pm Wednesday 4 December 2002
Cost per delegate (includes buffet lunch) £29.50 (inc VAT)
Bookings: Carmel Smithson, Sheffield & District Society of Chartered Accountants
Tel : 0114 278 1016 e-mail : carmel.smithson@icaew.co.uk
Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsored by
Business Link South Yorkshire, South Yorkshire Investment Fund, Yorkshire Forward

PROGRAMME

11.45 Registration

From 12.00 Buffet Lunch

12.45 Introduction - David Dickson, Chairman, ICAEW SME Group, Yorkshire
& Humber

The Context:
13.00 The global and national economic scene - Paul Fullerton, Deputy Agent, Bank of
England Yorkshire and Humber Agency
13.15 The regional view - Martin Havenhand, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Forward
13.30 The South Yorkshire perspective -Julian White, Business & Enterprise Programme Executive, Objective 1

13.45 Comfort Break

The Delivery:
13.55 Margaret Ferris- Director South Yorkshire Investment Fund, Partner PKF
14.15 Brian James- Managing Director, Business Link South Yorkshire
14.30 Fergus Beesley- Chief Executive, Sheffield Community Enterprise Development Unit
14.40 Tea Break

The Clients:
14.55 John McCreery of Alambar Safety Products Limited, Doncaster,
Mike Flanagan of ASP Limited, Doncaster
Graham Hall of AWV Turner & Co Ltd, Sheffield

The Future:
15.25 Break Out groups - discuss with your peers the important issues for you

16.25 Feedback & Question Panel John Ashcroft, Paul Fullerton, Julian White,
Margaret Ferris, Brian James, Fergus Beesley

16.55 Summary and Next Steps John Ashcroft, Conference Chairman
Board Member, Yorkshire Forward, Vice-Chairman
South Yorkshire Investment Fund

17.10 Networking and Bar

Bookings: Carmel Smithson, Sheffield & District Society of Chartered Accountants
Tel : 0114 278 1016 e-mail : carmel.smithson@icaew.co.uk
Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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.
http://www.finance-yorkshire.com

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).