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Applying for Debt or Equity Finance

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Applying for Debt or Equity Finance


Do you have the potential to scale your business? Do you want to better understand your financing options? Could your business benefit from specialist support to unlock investment?

The Investment Readiness programme which is being delivered by Winning Pitch on behalf of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (The LEP) is designed to help businesses to understand the full and diverse range of investment options available that can best support their growth and to prepare compelling proposals to secure external finance. Businesses within the Leeds City Region can access a wealth of fully funded support tailored to the specific needs of your business part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Applying for Debt or Equity Finance

This workshop will help you to understand the mindset of lenders and investors, what they look for in applications and opportunities they receive and how they reach a decision to make an offer of finance. The session will also provide guidance on business valuations for equity investment and making first approaches to funders. Further topics covered include the investment due diligence process and some of the terminology used in offers of finance.


Workshop Presenters:

Gaynor Dykes, Grant Thornton. Gaynor’s career has been in banking, investment and the professional services sector. She has a wealth of experience working with SME businesses and advising business owners on all aspects of raising debt and equity finance. Gaynor joined leading financial and business advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP, in 2012 and leads the firm’s Growth Finance service in the North of England. Grant Thornton's Growth Finance team is one of the UK’s leading small business corporate finance teams, having worked on over 500 equity and debt fundraising in the last 5 years, supporting transactions of up to £10 million. The team has extensive connections and daily contact with a broad network of funders from across the UK and overseas.

Olivia Jeffrey, Grant Thornton. Olivia is part of Grant Thornton’s Growth Finance team, advising and supporting SME’s that are looking to raise both debt and equity growth finance. Olivia started her career working for a FTSE 250 listed recruitment consultancy specialising in recruiting qualified tax and finance professionals into SME’s and large international corporates. Olivia joined Grant Thornton in 2017 to growth the Growth Finance service in the North and now leads fundraising transactions for a portfolio of clients across a wide range of business sectors.

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Applying for Debt or Equity Finance Free



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