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Early Stage Investment and Recovery Finance

28th April 2021 @ 9:15 am - 10:45 am BST

After a year of disruption, the route to recovery looks set.

Covid has had many effects but none more than the draining of small company’s reserves as well as restricting the funds available for start-up , early-stage growth and of course recovery.

Yet, despite the pandemic, 101,400 new businesses started up in the last quarter of 2020.

So how do you find the funding you need to start a business or keep one afloat during these challenging times??

Join our team of expert financiers to look at different approaches to financing your business – from start-up loans and crowdfunding to grants and recovery loans.

Cash is key as the recovery begins to bounce back.

Nick Gregory and Dawn Leader will be joined by;

  • Su Johnston from Crowdfunder
  • Paul Jones from British Business Bank
  • Adrian Innes from Finpoint

Su Johnston – CrowdfunderWhether you’re just starting out or need a little extra support, Crowdfunder is the place to raise money for your business. Crowdfunder has helped over 80,000 individuals, charities, businesses and community projects to raise over £100 million for great ideas like yours. Su will give an overview of crowdfunding and how it can be used to support your recovery or help you gain investment.

Paul Jones – British Business Bank

Paul Jones has been with the UK economic development bank i.e. the British Business Bank, for 2 years following a 30+ year career in banking and finance both in UK corporate & SME banking as well as 10 years in industry offering point of sale finance in UK Europe and globally. Passionate about the South West, Paul is keen to see as many businesses prosper and embrace a green recovery.

Adrian Innes – CRO at Finpoint

– Adrian is a highly accomplished business development leader with extensive experience in financial services and a passion for helping small businesses succeed. Prior to Finpoint, he managed and mentored multi-skilled business development teams for LendingCrowd, Clydesdale Bank and RBS.

Adrian will introduce the Business Finance Finder and how it could help you access the right type of business finance. Adrian will also give some examples of the most popular business finance options that have worked well for other members.

How to Access This Event:

This event is for Dorset Businesses only.

You will receive the joining instructions via e-mail reminders, 1 day before and 30 minutes before the event begins.

After registering here, you will receive our DGH programme registration forms via Docusign, our e-signing facility, please can you complete these ahead of the event, these forms keep our events free to Dorset Businesses. If you do not complete these forms ahead of the event, we may not be able to send you the zoom link to attend. Please check Junk/Spam folders.

Tel – 03454 586 480 E-mail –

This workshop is completely free and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It’s delivered by Dorset Growth Hub and WSX Enterprise. It is only open to businesses that have a Dorset postcode. Please also note that some sectors are not eligible for financial support on this programme due to Central Government Legislation. These sectors include: fishery & aquaculture, primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors, synthetic fibres, generalised school-age education, banking and insurance companies. (please see here for full eligibility guidelines). If you require more information or are unsure if you are eligible for the support we offer, you can call us on 01202 607533 and a member of the Dorset Growth Hub Team will be happy to help.


28th April 2021
9:15 am - 10:45 am BST