Workshops help businesses receive investment makeover

VENTURE capitalists from one of the region’s investment firms will be leading a series of workshops to help innovative businesses in the North East become attractive to investors.

The Access to Finance workshops, which are being held at NETPark (the North East Technology Park)  in Sedgefield, County Durham, are aimed at new and early stage companies which want to improve their business prospects and find out how to become investor ready.

The free workshops, which are being led by experts from Finance Tree in Newcastle, will look at the processes involved with investment finance, such as writing an effective business plan; the sources of finance available ie equity, loans, and grants; how investment deals are structured and how best to pitch for funding.

Jenny Kwok, innovation development executive at County Durham Development Company (CDDC) the strategic investment arm of Durham County Council, said:

“For any business looking for finance, it is important to look at the factors the investor will be considering in deciding whether to invest in a company.

“These workshops are aimed at helping businesses overcome any challenges entrepreneurs may face and to give them a better chance of securing the investment they need to grow.

“The businesses don’t have to be in the science, engineering or technology arenas. The workshops are designed for any companies which are innovative, potentially high-growth, and based in the North East.”

The workshops will tackle different investment themes on each day and include:

  • Sources of Finance – February 16
  • Deal Structuring and Valuations – March 1
  • Finalising and Presenting the Business Plan – March 22

Each of the workshops run from noon until 4.30pm at NETPark in Sedgefield. To book a place, or for more information, contact Jenny Kwok at jenny.kwok@durham.gov.uk or call 0191 370 8680. 

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