Smart ideas for financing your business at Expo 2018

Smart ideas for financing your business at Expo 2018

Some of south London’s leading entrepreneurs and business experts will reveal their tips for success at the We Mean Business Expo on Wednesday, 17th October.

The biggest, free one-day B2B market south of the River Thames is set to attract 1,000 visitors to the Croydon Park Hotel.

The Expo offers exceptional opportunities for businesses and investors across all sectors. Delegates can visit 50 stands, participate in one-to-one business speed networking, and take part in three seminars featuring expert speakers with advice on beating business challenges and smart ways to raise finance.

There will also be a unique chance for women with children who want to start their own business, with details of a new, free-to-attend training course for 50 Croydon mumpreneurs.

One of the most popular seminars will be on how to raise finance to start or grow your business. Looking forward to the seminar session, speaker Keith Miller of Croydon Loan Fund said finance is the “lifeblood” of any enterprise.

“The challenge for many start-ups and growing businesses is to make sure they understand how their business cashflow operates and what their working capital requirements will be,” said Keith. “Access to funding then becomes the key to achieving the growth potential of a business and it is vitally important that business owners know how and where to access it.”

Guest seminar speaker Jane Knight will be revealing details of a new Government funded course for mumpreneurs at the Expo session, Women in Business – How to Succeed. The six week Business Start-up Course, run by Jane’s firm Successful Mums, starts on 30th October 2018 and is inviting applications now.

Jane said: “The Business Start-up Diploma is designed to help our mums give their businesses the best possible start. We are thrilled to be bringing it to Croydon mums for the first time and are looking forward to supporting these women on their business journeys.”

The full list of Expo speakers and seminars, chaired by Jo Gumb, managing director of White Label, is below:

10.45am – 11.15am: BEATING BUSINESS CHALLENGES – Top Tips from Entrepreneurs
• Kanchan Kamdar, Managing Director, APT Ltd
• Neelofar Khan, Managing Director, Zabardast
• Sarah Luxford, Global Resourcing
• Sanjay Daswani, Managing Director, Liquid Glass/Crystalusion

12.15pm – 12.45pm: WOMEN IN BUSINESS – How To Succeed
• Katharine Glass, M.D. White Label
• Jane Knight, Founder, Successful Mums
• Jackie Wilding, Partner, Bryden Johnson
• Saffron Saunders, Manager, Sussex Innovation Centre

2.00pm – 2.30pm: FINANCE AND HOW TO GET IT – Smart ideas to fund your business
• Jes Bailey, Founder, CrowdFund 360
• Debbie O’Connell, Senior Relationship Manager – Corporate, NatWest
• Keith Miller, Consultant, Croydon Loan Fund & Enterprise for London

*The WMB Expo is being held from 9.30am to 4pm at the Croydon Park Hotel, 7 Altyre Rd, Croydon CR9 5AA. Close to East Croydon Station, it’s just a 15-minute train ride from Central London and Gatwick Airport.

Entrance to the Expo is free for visitors. You can reserve your place now to enter a prize draw and the chance to win a £50 voucher for dinner at a leading local restaurant.

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