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Open Innovation Forum Food & FMCG Pitching Event

Calling all innovators and technology spin-outs, start-ups and SMEs. Major food and FMCG companies such as Mars, Unilever, General Mills, Tesco, Moy Park and Crown Packaging are seeking innovative solutions to business challenges. Pitch your idea or business to the Open Innovation (OI) Forum at the Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event on Tuesday 17 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.

Where to go for funding when all you’re hearing is “No”?

So, you run a revenue generating business with strong growth potential based on a product or service that meets a specific need, in a sector that is growing. You and your team are keen to build the business but you need funding to take it to the next level. But that’s where you’re stuck. You’ve talked to the banks and they’re not playing ball. It seems it’s all in the balance sheet; they want to see robust sales with consistent growth. You can show the sales but, for various reasons, your running costs, margins and volume aren’t what they could be, so the balance sheet doesn’t look pretty and your growth strategy isn’t cutting it.

Understanding Finance for Business meets The Business Hub

A contingent from the ‘Understanding Finance for Business’ team dropped in to The Business Hub studios on Friday to record today’s show.  In case you are not aware of The Business Hub, it’s a relatively new local radio show focused on business issues and it started up a year ago.  In fact today’s show is […]

Finance to oil the wheels of innovation

Most tenants in the St John’s Innovation Centre learn quickly how to make slim resources go a long way. This applies particularly to funding. Yet innovation requires ongoing investment which is hard to get in the current market. In recognition of this, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills recently launched a consultation focused on ‘Financing a Private Sector Recovery’. One to watch?