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17 November 2019

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Energy and Low Carbon Sector Group: Energising the Environmental Sector

Wednesday 30th May 2012
14.30 - 17.30

Venue: Cobbetts, 58 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HZ

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Over the last decade there has been an industrial shift towards a lower carbon economy due to the acceleration of energy prices and the introduction of government policy. This has enabled a range of companies within the North West to exploit this change and grow a successful business. Such companies range from technology developers, service based organisations, consultancies and project developers. However, the last couple of years has seen the sector grapple with both sudden policy shifts and a significant reduction in financial support from governments both at home and abroad.

This fluctuating market has led to commercial investments in young companies to rise while prices of products (in solar, LEDs, etc.) continue to trend downwards and towards parity with their alternates.

This event aims to help businesses seeking commercial investment understand the options open to them and how to start the process of seeking that funding.

It aims to answer some straight forward questions like:

1)    Who is investing in my area at present?
2)    What are my options when talking to a bank?
3)    Why would someone want to invest in my business?
4)    How do I approach an investor and what are they looking for from me?
5)    Who do I need to speak to in order to help me to raise finance?
6)    Is there any government funding left?
7)    What is it like to take on commercial funding from new outside investors?

The event aims to be open and enjoyable with the opportunity to network with your peers and other advisors in the financial community to discuss these issues and many more.

Todd Holden
As Director of Low Carbon Policy & Programmes at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Todd is a key member of the Greater Manchester Carbon Reduction Group, which spearheads and promotes low-carbon investment and growth in local businesses. He specialises in channelling low-carbon policy into successful environmental support programmes across the North West and these have already helped thousands of companies to convert environmental risks into competitive advantages, and to seize opportunities in the emerging low-carbon economy.

Adrian Reed
Adrian has extensive public and private transactional experience, providing lead advisory for both AIM and Full List clients and has advised on a wide range of public M&A (including hostile and recommended takeovers), fundraisings and disposals. Adrian has undertaken a wide range of private transactions including development capital fundraisings, private equity backed MBOs and multiple disposal processes. He is head of Altium's Cleantech and Renewable sector team in the UK and is a key figure in Altium's Europe wide renewables group. In March 2012, Adrian led Altium to the Advisory Firm of the Year accolade at the New Energy Awards. 

Mark Cumbo
Mark is responsible for the Energy Efficiency portfolio within the Co-operative Bank's Renewable Energy corporate banking group.  He joined the Bank in 2009 and works closely with a number of ESCO organisations to support the delivery of energy efficient solutions into the built environment.  Mark's mandate is to grow this portfolio by originating transactions and structuring senior debt solutions which support the deployment of approved technologies across both the public and private estate.

Gary Guest
Gary is the fund manager at fund management company, FW Capital.  FW Capital manages the £35 million North West Fund for Business Loans which is part of the £185 million North West Fund.  The North West Fund for Business Loans can make loans of between £50,000 and £250,000 to SMEs in the North West of England.  Gary joined FW Capital in June 2010 to spearhead the North West team and manages a seven-strong investment team from offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. 


Gaynor Dykes
Having worked in the finance sector for over 25 years, Gaynor heads up the NW Access to Finance Service, a free confidential and impartial service providing advice and support to NW based SMEs to help them become investment ready and access appropriate sources of finance. To date the Access to Finance NW service has helped over 2000 businesses access over £100m of finance from both debt and equity providers.


Adam Workman
Adam Workman is Investment Partner at CT Investment Partners LLP, the fund manager of the Northwest Fund for Energy and Environmental and advisor to Carbon Trust Investments.  CT Investment Partners is one of the leading investors in UK clean energy businesses. We invest on strictly commercial terms and have co-invested in 25 businesses to date. These companies between them have raised a total investment of £250 million. He has over ten years experience in the energy and venture capital sector. His investments include Acal Energy, CamSemi, Marine Current Turbines and Intamac.

Paul Johnson
Paul is a corporate partner at Cobbetts and heads up the firm's Technology, Media, Trade and Infrastructure practice, having overall management responsibility for a wide range of the firm's services from commercial contracts, intellectual property, information technology, outsourcing to governance and alternative business structures, competition law and sustainability. He has significant experience in acting for and negotiating with publicly funded bodies.

Nicola Frost
Nicola is a partner in Cobbetts Corporate team. Nicola specialises in mainstream corporate transactions with a particular emphasis on private equity. Her clients include corporates, equity houses and management teams.

Nick Storer
Envirolink is led by Nick Storer. Nick has been the Chief Executive of Envirolink for three years and, during this time, he has diversified the services offered to the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector.  Nick is a chemical engineer by trade, with considerable experience of the low carbon and environmental sector having worked as a consultant for nine years where he advised businesses on process efficiency, waste minimisation and management, environmental management and developing markets for recycled wastes. Prior to this he worked in research and development, chemicals manufacturing and hazardous waste management.

Amanda Lyne
Amanda is responsible for strategic business development at ACAL and has a broad based commercial experience, built in ICI, and a number of technology start ups. Her previous roles have included Global Business Manager for businesses with over £250M turnover as well as strategic marketing, business development and technology licensing. She has extensive project management experience and a proven track record in delivering commercial collaborations and R&D agreements. She has practical experience of creating value out of innovative science and leading businesses through private funding and AIM flotation.

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