All set for Finance in Cornwall


Entrepreneurs and growth-minded businesses wanting to find out about funding opportunities and business support will have a unique opportunity to tap into expert knowledge at the Finance in Cornwall event next month, part of Cornwall Business Week.

Santander's Martin Drake, one of the speakers at this year's Finance in Cornwall
Santander’s Martin Drake, one of the speakers at this year’s Finance in Cornwall

Celebrating its sixth year, Finance in Cornwall is the only event of its kind in the Cornwall business calendar that not only covers the whole spectrum of funding, from grant and debt to equity, but also provides bite-sized presentations delivered by the funders themselves.

This year will see a number of the crowdsourcing and Peer to Peer platforms featured for the first time in recognition of the increasing prominence of this avenue of funding, and the south west’s pioneering role in this emerging area.

This year’s event takes place on May 14 from 8am to 2pm at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.

Commencing proceedings will be chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Chris Pomfret, who will speak on the actions they are taking/have taken to support small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Duchy while Jenny Milligan from Cornwall Council will discuss convergence funding and its successor.

The introductory presentations will then be followed by ‘short pitches’ by representatives from nearly 30 different sources of funding and support, national and regional, represented at the event.

Scott Bentley at Francis Clark LLP, who will chair the event, said: “The Finance in Cornwall event comes at a time when many businesses may be finding it hard to allocate the time and the resources to understand the potential funding streams out there.

“All the presenters at this year’s event appreciate that the range of funding and support can look like a ‘maze’. Therefore, the short/sharp presentations aim to give people a ‘heads up’ on what is available, with time set aside for meetings to be initiated to find out more detail.”

Attendance is free but places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis and limited to a maximum of two people per organisation.

To book please email Jayne Phillips.