Finance Fred Heritage · 4 July 2017
Enterprise Investment Scheme launches new regional events programme
The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA), the official trade body for the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme, has launched a new programme of regional funding information and workshops for small UK businesses and entrepreneurs. The Ready, Steady, Grow! programme of workshops will begin in Liverpool on 26 September 2017, followed by dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Bristol and Leeds through October and November. The workshops will be free to attend and are meant to give local entrepreneurs and business owners, investors and professional service providers an opportunity to network and grow their book of local and regional contacts. Aspiring entrepreneurs as well as existing small business owners will be able to find out about the various different government-backed funding options available to them, and get the chance to learn from entrepreneurs whove successfully obtained funding, and gather advice and information about financing and growing a business more broadly. Investors from all backgrounds and experience levels will also be able to learn more about the different ways to invest in small businesses, gain tips and guidance on what to look for in prospective investments, whilst meeting those entrepreneurs seeking investment. According to the EISA, the Ready, Steady, Grow! programme will also offer important benefits to accountants, lawyers and other professional service providers, wholl be able the entrepreneurs starting to operate in their local area. Commenting on the launch of the new programme, EISA director general, Mark Brownridge, said that Ready, Steady, Grow! was about collaborating to help small businesses across the UK overcome some of the major barriers to growth. these barriers include a perceived lack of access to financing, which forms an important part of the Ready, Steady, Grow! agenda, but well also be tackling many other challenges faced by SMEs and entrepreneurs as they try to grow their businesses, he added. ?[The programme] is about empowering the SME ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and professional service providers to do all the they can to help businesses across the UK to reach their true potential.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.