SME innovation funding Seminar & Exhibition supported by Birmingham City Business School

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

1pm-5pm Millennium Point, Auditorium


Access to finance, innovation, grants & Internationalisation


Chair – Mark Gilman Introducing workshops

  • Alan Gardner  BCRS   – Business Loans –An alternative source of Business Finance
  • Richard Williams  Digital Birmingham – Digital Packages and Funding
  • Tony Seaton  Blue Sky corporate finance  – Crowdfunding/peer to peer  marketing funding
  • Graham Mold Finance Birmingham – Summary of new funds Available to SME’s across West Midlands
  • Matt Simmons, Sam Stevens TB80, Grant funding for Innovation and Growth, how what, when why?
  • Sam Stevens, R&D Tax credits, Cash from the taxman to support Innovation
  • Q&A to the panel


2.30-2.45 – Break


Importance of digital Marketing


Panel Discussion

  • Richard Williams Digital Birmingham – Digital Packages and Funding
  • Anne Stanley  Annica –  Social Media
  • Mark Lintern National Growth Exhibition – Power of Networking M
  • Rebecca Wheatly Five Brand/impact futures -TBC
  • Camilita Nuttal  Entrepreneur – How Camilita became an Entrepreneur
  • Q&A to the panel


BCU Supporting Business


  • Prf Mark Gilman- BCU Big Insights
  • Paul Roberts Keely Law – The Employer Strikes Back
  • Jill Miller  How SMEs can best recruit and develop talented people
  • Natalie Lewis KTP @40
  • Prf Adrian Cole-BCU KTP KTP
  • Prf Simon Bolton Innovation  tbc
  • Q&A to the panel


KTP in Action


  • William McGrath, CEO, Aga Rangemaster plc


Productivity in Focus


  • Mark Beatson, Chief Economist, CIPD
  • Prof Vicky Pryce, Chief Economist, CEBR and Visiting Professor, BCU


Networking Reception



  • Welcome William McGrath, CEO, AGA Rangemaster plc, Co-sponsor with Birmingham City University
  • John Mathers, CEO, Design Council


  • Andy Street, Chairman, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and CEO, John Lewis Partnership