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Our online eligibility checklist helps you see which type of
finance might be right for your business.
Funding Inspiration Presentation
The North West Fund and Access to Finance North West have
been running a number of Funding Inspiration Taster events to
educate SME's on the funding options currently available to them.
Please see a copy of the Presentation here:
Access to Finance A2F
No matter what type of business you have, there's no avoiding
the fact that finance can be fundamental to success. Securing
funding in today's market can be a complex and difficult task,
requiring time and specialist understanding of the various finance
Access to Finance deliver Finance & Investment Ready workshops
for business owners seeking to improve their financial knowledge in
an interactive peer to peer learning environment. For more
informtion please click here
AXM Venture Capital
AXM Venture Capital (AXM) is a specialist digital and creative
industries investor, with an interest in investing across the
whole information and communication technology spectrum.
Bionow supports the biomedical community in Northwest England.
Responsive to the changing needs of the industry we provide
strategic and practical solutions to support business growth and
create an environment for continued development and investment.
British Business Angels Association
The British Business Angels Association is the only trade
association dedicated to promoting angel investing and supporting
early stage investment in the UK.
British Venture Capital Association
Business Link North West
Chemicals Northwest is the industry-led chemical cluster support
organisation for the £10.2 billion NW chemical sector.
CT Investment Partners
CT Investment Partners LLP ("CTIP") is one of Europe's leading
co-investors in clean technology companies with the ability to
assess risk as an informed industry insider.
Enterprise Ventures (EV) is a very active investor of
venture and growth capital to interesting, high potential, unquoted
businesses throughout the UK.
Envirolink Northwest aids the development and growth of the
energy and environmental technologies and services sector in the
Northwest of England.
ENWORKS is the Northwest's environmental business support
European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank (EIB) furthers the objectives
of the European Union by making long-term finance available for
European Regional Development Fund
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme
allocates funding to different regions throughout the European
Union to boost economic development in less prosperous areas.
In the Northwest the NWDA is responsible for managing the ERDF
and has been allocated €755 million to spend on the region
between 2007 - 2013.
Food Northwest is the strategic body representing the Northwest
Food & Drink Industry. Food Northwest is tasked with boosting
the growth of this dynamic industry, and aims to help businesses in
the sector maximise their economic potential and increase
productivity and output, through training workshops, networking
meetings, meet the buyer events and exhibiting at trade shows.
FW Capital invests in businesses seeking commercial funding to
develop and grow.
High Growth Programme
The High Growth programme is a three year business coaching
initiative aimed at 'high growth' businesses and entrepreneurs. It
will support budding entrepreneurs with ideas that can achieve a
turnover of £500,000 within three years, and established SME's with
ambition and capacity to expand by at least 20 per cent a year.
ICAEW Business Advice Service
The ICAEW Business Advice Service offers SMEs and start-ups a
free initial consultation with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant at
more than 3,000 locations around the country. A chartered
accountant can help with you a range of issues from dealing with
the taxman or preparing your accounts, to applying for bank loans
or creating a robust business plan.
Find an ICAEW firm offering the Business Advice Service by
searching their directory and looking for the BAS symbol. Visit
www.businessadviceservice.com and call or email one of
Liverpool Vision is the economic development company charged
with the city's physical and economic regeneration. It will lead
the next phase of the city's transformation.
The company was established at a critical stage in the city's
urban and economic renaissance and it is now focused on
building a strong, sustainable economy which can compete more
effectively in international markets.
Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)
MAS is designed to help manufacturers streamline processes,
reduce waste, become more energy efficient and generally improve
Natwest - Report
Report on the Shape of the British Industry - June 2011
Northwest Aerospace Alliance (NWAA)
The NWAA is the flagship organisation representing some 750
member companies and stakeholders involved in the UK's premier
aerospace cluster and the model for industry-led organisations
Northwest Automotive Alliance
The Northwest Automotive Alliance is an industry-led cluster
organisation to provide a focal point for the region's automotive
sector. The Northwest is the UK's second most important automotive
region and employs over 43,000 people with a sector value of
Northwest Textiles Network
NWtexnet is a specialist company to support and develop
technical textile (AFM) companies in the North West.
Northwest Vision and Media
Vision+Media exists to help grow the digital and creative
industry in England's Northwest. We do this by delivering projects
and programmes that help creative companies and individuals (at all
levels) in TV, Radio, Publishing, Music, Games, Film and Digital
and Creative services. We help productions find locations and staff
in the region. And we also support creativity and culture e.g. film
festivals and archives.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) manages or
funds a number of finance products aimed at helping businesses
start up and expand.
SPARK Ventures is a leading European early stage venture capital
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