At KPMG, 1 St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 3AE we are bringing together small businesses, investors, IFAs, entrepreneurs and business advisers – all in one place to hear expert opinion from SME industry experts.

The event is split into two parts – a technical seminar at 16.30, followed by a breakout session and networking from 17.30

Ready Steady Grow Manchester – sign up here

Registration from 4pm.


4.30 Welcome from the Chair, Patrick Molyneux

4.35 Update on the early-stage market and recent commitments in the North West – Delyth Edwards, British Business Bank

4.45 Investing in Innovation through the S/EIS, Hannah Barraclough, KPMG

4.55 How to integrate S/EIS into your investment deal, Valerie Whalley, RW Blears

5.05 Panel Discussion: Under the bonnet with the Fund Managers and Advisers Chair – Patrick Molyneux

Panellists: Harry Bell – Charles Stanley, Jeffrey Faustin – Jenson Funding Partners, Tim Dickens- Octopus Ventures, Jess Jackson – Praetura Ventures

5.25 Journey of a Start-up with Founder Nicola Weedall, Hydr

5.35 Closing remarks, Christiana Stewart-Lockhart, EISA

5.40 Move to reception and networking

Here’s an overview of this year’s entire series of Ready Steady Grow! events:

Edinburgh (29 Aug), Birmingham (20 Sep), Cardiff (27 Sep), Bristol (28 Sep), Manchester (4 Oct), Leeds (10 Oct), Cambridge (11 Oct), Newcastle (17 Oct), Belfast (19 Oct), Oxford (2 Nov)

If you have any queries or would like to attend please contact Mary Rodgers on


Who should attend this event?

Entrepreneurs looking to start a business, or access funding to take your business to its next level

Wealth managers looking to gain knowledge and expertise in EIS and small company investing

Investors looking to invest in the ‘Next big thing’

Professional Advisors who want to help SMEs develop and grow.

Will refreshments be provided?

Drinks and canapés will be provided


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