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We are very excited to bring you this workshop, it looks at traditional finance, business grants, R&D credits and also (something different) Chinese investment.

We will look at what these products are, how they work and how you can apply for them. Your chance to meet the industry experts.

Day 1

We will looks at how to prepare to apply for finance, how to put a together a financial cashflow forecast.

You will learn how to develop a effective Business Plan/Pitch Deck.

We also look at the financial options available and which are most suitable for your business.

Day 2

We look at grant funding and also funding for innovative idea, were to go to get advise and how to apply.

Companies that spend money developing new products, processes or services; or enhancing existing ones, are eligible for a cash payment and/or Corporation Tax reduction we hear from an expert on how to claim R&D credits.

We also hear how you can apply for unsecure loan or equity from Chinese investors. (this scheme is regulated by the UK Home Office)


  • You have to be an SME
  • Your business has to be trading for more than 2 years
  • Your business MUST be based in the Black Country.

Day 1 – Thursday 11th Oct 2018

09:00 Networking / Registration

09:30 Introduction & Welcome

09:45 How to prepare Financial Forecasts by Blue Sky Corporate Finance.

11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 How to develop a Business Plan & Pitch Deck by Midven Venture Capital

12:15 Financial Options by ART Business Loans

12:45 Q&A

13:00 Finish

Day 2 Tuesday 23rd Oct 2018

09:00 Coffee / Registration

09:30 Introduction & Welcome

09:45 How to find funding for innovative idea by Innovate UK

10:30 Business Grants available by Black Country Growth Hub

11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 How claim R&D (Research & Develpment) Tax Credits by Crowe UK

12:00 Unlocking Chinese Unsecured Funding by Yingde Group

12:45 Q&A

13:00 Finish

Please Note : Details on how to book on to Day 2 will be given on Day 1.

This is an ERDF supported event, and run as part of the Black Country AIM Programme.