Sheffield Chamber’s BME Business Forum is hosting its second annual Accessing Finance evening to help companies and finance organisations form stronger relationships.
Forum co-ordinator Bernadette Grocock says finance is one of the most frequent areas of concern for forum members and that there is often a lack of understanding on both sides as to the help required and support available.
The free Accessing Finance evening on September 6 is being sponsored by South Yorkshire Investment Fund (SYIF) and supported by South Yorkshire Keyfund, Lloyds TSB, SENTA and the Novotel Hotel. The event includes a series of workshops for forum members to develop their knowledge of financial areas specific to them. The evening will also include a question and answer session.
Keynote speakers at the event include SYIF chief executive Tony Goulbourn and Bill Kimbering of Muntaz Ventures, a company that runs a number of restaurants in Bradford and has recently launched a Halal baby foods product range.
Said Bernadette: “Finance is continually one of the main areas that members require help with. Our Accessing Finance event last year proved to be popular but we felt there was still a number of areas that needed addressing and hope that the forthcoming event will help to answer the questions of members.
“The more regular contact that is established between the BME business community and financial organisations, the stronger the working relationship should become.”
Delegates will have a choice of attending seminars on loan finance, seedcorn and equity finance, financing social enterprise or investment readiness.
Over the last 12 months the forum has brokered a number of meetings with banks and finance organisations to outline the needs of BME businesses and identify areas where organisations can improve working relationships.
Tony Goulbourn and Alistair Watson of Lloyds TSB, who is also a director of Pro South Yorkshire helped to organise the meetings between the forum and the financial community.
The event is being held at the Novotel, Sheffield, on September 6, starting at 5pm with an informal networking session. Registration is scheduled between 6 and 6.30pm.
For further information about the BME Business Forum contact Bernadette Grocock on 0114 281 4748.