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Forward Thinking Funding Masterclass

Date: 20th March 2018
Location: Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Theme: Access to finance, Leadership & Mentoring, People, Skills & Talent, Business Strategy, Operational efficiency

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“The ability to communicate your business proposition effectively is a critical funding hurdle.”Ian S Dixon, Access To Finance Team Leader

The Access To Finance Service are delighted to invite you to join this workshop on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 which promises to be a participative and provocative session working with finance specialists who will be drawing on their knowledge and experience with four key objectives in mind :

  • To develop an understanding of the business model canvas and its use as a visual tool for the development and communication of your business proposition to potential funders.
  • To identify the key principals underlying your approach to funder engagement.
  • To explore the key fundraising documents necessary for an effective fundraising campaign.
  • To provide an overview of the UK SME funding landscape.

The ability to communicate key business model information effectively on a timely basis and engage funder interest is often cited as a key differentiator in successful funding campaigns.

Delivered by finance experts, the Access To Finance masterclass series provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage your business finances in support of your growth objectives. 

Look out for more in the series during 2018, covering subjects such as:


Places are limited and priority will be given to those businesses eligible for European Regional Development Fund support.


9.00am Registration/Networking
9.30am Introduction - Challenges of Fundraising. Key Investor/Funder concerns
9.45am Creating a compelling business strategy for funders - Business Model Canvas
1.15pm Lunch
1.45pm Funding - Principle Centered Thinking
2.15pm UK Funding Ecosystem
2.45pm Key Funding Documentation
3.15pm Coffee
3.30pm The Next Steps?
4.00pm Close

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Understanding Finance Masterclass

In this session Access to Finance delivers a one day masterclass for SME’s to cover the basics of business finance and gain an understanding of the importance of managing finances effectively.

Date: 15th March 2018
Format: Workshops
Location: Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

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