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Ready Steady Grow!

Nov 26 - 6:00pm

Ready Steady Grow! 2019 is the best opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and business advisers to meet and share knowledge on all the exciting funding options and growth financing for start ups and SMEs.

Here at Tramshed Tech in Cardiff we are bringing together small businesses, investors, funders, entrepreneurs and business advisers – all in one place to hear expert opinion from SME industry experts.


Steve Conibear, Country Manager – Wales, British Business Bank

Steve Conibear is the Country Manager for Wales for the British Business Bank. The British Business Bank is the government-owned economic development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. The UK Network was originally announced as part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy in November 2017, with a remit to identify and help to reduce imbalances in access to finance for smaller businesses across the UK. The UK Network will help enhance business finance ecosystems across the UK so smaller businesses, wherever they are, can grow and prosper. It will also help the Bank develop a deeper understanding of small business finance markets in all parts of the UK so that, ultimately, the Bank can improve its support to smaller businesses everywhere. Steve represents the UK Network across Northern Ireland and engages closely with business finance stakeholders in the area. Recent achievements include developing and implementing the strategy and business plan for the Business Growth activities at the Life Sciences Hub Wales and leading the development and delivery of EU Government incentives services at Deloitte.

Isabella Ghassemi-Smith, Ecosystem Manager, SeedLegals

Isabella is the Ecosystem Manager for SeedLegals, a platform that lets start-ups create the exact investment legals they need in minutes. Launched in 2016, SeedLegals is now the number one UK destination for start-ups to close a funding round. Initially specialised in corporate law, Isabella went on to join an accelerator and co-found her own social enterprise Stepforce which streamlines getting refugees into work. The legal and startup drive was bridged in joining SeedLegals where she oversees their accelerator partnerships.

Carl Griffiths, Technology Seed Fund Manager, Development Bank of Wales

Carl manages the Development Bank of Wales’ specialist start-up and early stage technology fund. He has extensive experience within the technology sector both as a business owner and as an investor. Carl holds a PhD in physics from Cardiff University and is the former CEO and founder of Seren Photonics Ltd. Prior to founding Seren, he worked as the principal research engineer for BICC Cables Ltd and also founded ORS Ltd, a manufacturer of optical probes for the semiconductor industries. As the managing director for ORS for eight years, Carl ran the business and raised equity funding before becoming investment manager at VC firm Fusion IP plc. He now focuses on investing in intellectual property rich Welsh technology ventures with the potential to be high growth companies.

Judging panel:

Simon Tutton, Business Development Director, Deepbridge Capital

With a wealth of experience in investments, tax efficient strategies and pensions; Simon’s role is to develop and manage relationships with intermediaries across the South West of England and South Wales. Simon is a Chartered Member of the CISI, is DipPFS qualified and has worked, as a stockbroker or financial adviser, for various financial services organisations including St James’s Place, Edward Jones and Siddall’s.

Through practical seminars, Q&As, panel discussions and networking, we review a wide range of funding options, including the government-backed Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

We will also explore:

  • Funding challenges facing small businesses
  • How to make yourself ‘Investor Ready’
  • How funding options such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme, Venture Debt, R&D tax credits and government funding can support you
  • How investors and advisors can gain access to exciting new companies with strong growth potential!