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Low Carbon Network: Finance and Funding for your Business

Date: 28th June 2019
Location: CATAX, Catax House, 3 Scott Drive, Altrincham, WA15 8AB
Time: 9:00am - 11:30am
Theme: Access to finance, Sustainability

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This Low Carbon Network working group has been designed to help businesses in the Green Technologies and Services sector understand how they can increase their level of investment readiness and how to source appropriate finance products and funding providers.

Delegates will hear from Access to Finance specialists who will provide an overview of the financial support available to help run and grow a business.

The briefing will provide expert advice on options beyond the high street banks and will outline solutions to common client challenges in the Green Technologies and Services sector including:

  • Cash flow
  • Invoice finance
  • Asset finance
  • Investment

The event will also feature a session on R&D tax credits delivered by CATAX, a specialist consultancy in areas of tax relief, including Capital Allowances, Research & Development (R&D) and the Patent Box who will help businesses understand how claiming on R&D credit could open up new development opportunities.

R&D tax relief is the government’s way of rewarding companies that are developing new, or improving existing products, processes, services, devices and materials or advancing the knowledge in a sector. Increasingly we are seeing more opportunities in the Green Technologies and Services sector.

Register for the event and hear directly from financial experts at GC Business Growth Hub and our partners at Catax. Catax are specialists in working with clients to identify specialist tax relief such as R&D tax relief.


Paul O'Kell, Group Channel Partner Manager, CATAX

Paul O'Kell is Group Channel Partner Manager for Catax Group, with over 30 years in Business Development and Channel Partnerships is responsible for managing Catax’s relationships with key professional and Strategic Partners.

These include long-standing relationships with professional bodies such as ICAEW, the Law Society, IFA and the likes of Croner Taxwise and The Growth Hub.




Joanne Barlow, Access to Finance Specialist, GC Business Growth Hub

Joanne's background is in banking and has many years’ experience working with small and medium sized businesses within the Bank. Joanne has worked as a Relationship Manager, a Credit Risk Manager and a Control Improvements analyst. She now supports the businesses in Greater Manchester who want to access the funding or investment they need to help them grow or just get started.

Joanne's Banking qualifications include a Chartered Banker Diploma in Lending Skills, IFS School of Finance RBS Diploma in Credit and IFS Applied Diploma Corporate Banking.

Please note:

Our workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Funds.

Our workshops are delivered free of charge to participants; however, as they are fully-funded, they are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules and the associated eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Location: Greater Manchester SMEs
  • SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees and annual turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro 
  • Sector Restrictions may also apply


09:00 Registration, Networking and Refreshments
09:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:00 Finance and Funding for your Business, Joanne Barlow, Access to Finance Specialist Advisor
10:30 An introduction to R&D Tax Credits, Paul O'Kell, Group Channel Partner Manager,CATAX
10:45 Q&A and Roundtable Discussions
11:30 Event Close

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