Finance and Funding for Growth: Masterclass

This free half-day masterclass will provide you with practical advice and tools for good financial management in your business as well as information on a range of finance options, from start-up loans and grants to equity investment, debt funding and crowdfunding. You’ll also learn how to put together a financial plan for your business, so you are ready to present to prospective investors or funders.

Why attend this masterclass?

Accessing funding to start or grow your business can seem daunting. Raising finance for your business is no longer just your Bank or Credit Card; today there is a wide variety of ways to fund your business.  

In this workshop, you’ll find out whether:

  • Your business needs funding and which sort is best for you
  • How to approach funders to maximise your chances of early success.
  • Discover what funders offer and how they decide where to invest 

What is covered?

Ideal for pre-starts, start-ups and established businesses, this masterclass will take you through the different types and sources of funding available. You will come away with the knowledge of what is the best option for your business and how to go about it. Many businesses spend a lot of time, energy and money trying to raise funds by routes that are often unsuitable or at the wrong stage of their business life. 

You will also be shown a range of techniques for good financial practice to enable you to prepare your own management tools and apply for grants or loans. This workshop will help you build a financial plan and forecast for your business, which is ready to present to prospective investors and funders. 

Who should attend this masterclass?

This masterclass is ideal for those starting a business or an established business looking to finance their growth plans and ambitions.

The masterclass is particualry suitable for business owners facing any of the following challenges:

  • seeking to raise finance for a new venture, product or growth strategy
  • seeking finance to start a business
  • looking to increase sales
  • experiencing cash flow issues
  • credit control
  • needing to increase sales and profitability.


09:15 – 13:00

  • Introduction 
  • Finance Action Plan and sources of funding
  • Getting you business ready for equity investment and debt funding
  • The Thames Valley Berkshire Funding Escalator – What it is, who is eligible and the application process.
  • Question and answer session

Who is delivering this masterclass?

Tony Cross, Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub

Tony Cross is our funding specialist and has extensive experience in helping SMEs successfully obtain finance. Tony is a highly experienced business adviser with over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector and has professional training in financial management and leadership. Having also run his own consultancy, he is passionate about helping businesses succeed and attract the best funding available.

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