Funding To Support Your Business Growth: Panel Session

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Funding To Support Your Business Growth | Alex McWhirter, Andrew Davidson, Kevin Reed, Robert Woollin, Sandy Findlay

Event Title | Funding To Support Your Business Growth
Type of Event | Panel Session
Speakers | Alex McWhirter, Andrew Davidson, Kevin Reed, Robert Woollin, Sandy Findlay
Scheduled Time | 11:30 until 12:00


This panel session will showcase a carefully crafted line-up of speakers who specialise in a wide variety of financial sectors. You'll be able to listen to the LEP regarding capital expenditure and training grants, as well as the Business Growth Service talk about funding for 'Leadership and Management' training and support for 'Consultancy and Coaching' seminars. There will also be key representatives from Yorkshire Bank and Finance Yorkshire to give their perspective on funding, and an R&D tax credit specialist to speak about how you can maximise your return from your technical developments.

This will be a prime opportunity to hear from, and ask questions to the funders directly.


Funding To Support Your Business Growth | Alex McWhirter
Chief Executive | Finance Yorkshire

Alex McWhirter is Chief Executive of Finance Yorkshire, the fund for growing businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber. Alex works closely with the Finance Yorkshire Board and Fund Managers to provide much needed investment to SME's across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Prior to his role with Finance Yorkshire, Alex was Assistant Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward. He was responsible for Access to Finance, including Enterprise and Business Start Up, Finance and Investment Readiness initiatives, Grant for Business Investment, Grant for Research and Development, and the Rural Development Programme for England.


Funding To Support Your Business Growth | Andrew Davidson
Head of Business & Private Banking | Yorkshire Bank

Leading and Motivating a team of up to 60 staff covering Kirklees & Calderdale, Bradford and the Craven District. The team successfully delivers Commercial and Corporate Banking, Private Banking, Asset Based Lending and Wealth Management. For a period, Andrew also had regional responsibility for leading the Banks Private and Wealth Management proposition in the East of the country.



Funding To Support Your Business Growth | Kevin Reed
Investment and Enterprise Manager | Bradford Council

Kevin has been managing the indigenous and inward investment activities at Bradford Council for over 8 year. He also has the responsibility for Bradford's SME Growth Programme.





Funding To Support Your Business Growth | Robert Woollin
Stakeholder Manager | Business Growth Service

Robert currently works as the Stakeholder Manager for The Business Growth Service, which brings together all government-backed services for small to medium businesses to create an even more customer-centric and joined up service.

Robert has managed public sector funded (including ERDF & ESF funding) business support contracts with responsibility for contract administration, consultancy management, grant claims & output recording and reporting.


Funding To Support Your Business Growth | Sandy Findlay
Channel Partner Manager | Jumpstart

Sandy has 21 years' consulting experience in business strategy, marketing and international business.

A former visiting lecturer in international business and marketing at Napier University of Edinburgh, Sandy has held several non-executive positions over the last few years and has a wealth of experience in business-to-business marketing and sales management. At Jumpstart, he works in sales & marketing, partner development and new business development.