Entrepreneurs’ Week planned for Brighton
EMC Corporate Finance and its Hove-based director Michael Pay are planning a new national conference and competition for entrepreneurs which could land the winner a funding jackpot of at least £25,000.
The competition would be aimed at start-up and early-stage businesses across the UK, and form the cornerstone of Britain’s fi rst Entrepreneurs’ Week to be held later this year in Brighton. The event would be used
to promote entrepreneurship and venture capital in the UK, and include keynote talks, Q&A sessions with well- known business leaders and free access to top business advisers.
Michael, who in December sat alongside Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to help choose the winner of an investment competition run as part of Tech Entrepreneurs Week, said: “We foresee Entrepreneurs’ Week providing an unrivalled learning, networking and mentoring opportunity for both competition entrants and delegates to the conference
that would run alongside it.” Businesses accepted for the investment competition will have to make presentations to a panel of leading business people, venture capitalists and academics. They would receive mentoring and advice from business experts before ten fi nalists would then be chosen to present to a wider group of experts who would make the fi nal decision about which company would be most likely to succeed on the global stage. As a director of EMC, Michael Pay has advised numerous companies on fund- raising, acquisitions and exits. He is passionate about the need to overcome the funding
Michael Pay (left) with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales
gap for business start-ups that is perceived to exist in the UK, and sees Entrepreneurs’ Week as an opportunity to educate the owners of fl edgling businesses about the benefi ts of the venture capital industry as well as giving them
the opportunity to network, get advice, listen to some leading speakers and test out their business ideas. For more details, call Michael on 01273 945984 or email him at:
CONSTRUCTION SEMINARS HELP BUILD BUSINESSES
EMC’s specialist Construction Advisory Team is planning on organising further breakfast seminars following the success of the fi rst two held in February. The seminars are aimed at owner- managed SMEs in the building and construction sectors and offer advice on a number of key issues affecting companies that are either under- performing or looking to build on their current success.
Subjects covered include:
How good operational management can dramatically improve cash fl ow.
How to increase profi table turnover and win more tenders.
Ways to grow by acquisition, whatever the market conditions.
How to plan an exit strategy in order to maximise the rewards for years of hard work.
The difference an experienced Finance Director can make.
The seminars are led by four
members of EMC’s Construction Advisory Team who between them offer a complete and complementary range of skills from sales, commercial and fi nancial management through
to specialist technical consultancy, business and project management. John Packer, a Chartered Engineer who ran his own building services, engineering and sustainability design practice for 15 years before selling it in 2006 and subsequently joining EMC, said: “The seminars are designed to provide plenty of food for thought for owner-directors of small and medium sized businesses in the construction sector, whether they’re looking to protect what they have, expand by acquisition or prepare for a profi table exit.
“Our team have all had long careers in the industry, from the bottom up, so the advice we are able to offer comes fi rst hand from the school of hard knocks. All our advice is based on practice, not theory.”
Dates and venues for the next seminars will be posted shortly on the EMC website: www.emcltd.co.uk
But if you would like us to contact you directly, email your details to: julie.fo
or call her on 01323 410144.
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