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9th Nov 2023 / 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Financing your Journey to Innovation

The Bluecoat 8 School Lane Liverpool L1 3BX

Free (Members)

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By: British Business Bank

From 6-10 November the British Business Bank, along with several partners from across the UK, will host Business Finance Week 2023.


Are you an entrepreneur, an innovator with a novel idea, or a growing business in the North West looking to innovate to stay ahead of the competition? If the answer is yes, don’t miss this unique opportunity to join the British Business Bank and Innovate UK Edge to learn how to effectively navigate various funding options to ensure your innovative business will thrive and succeed.

This event will include key note speakers, and panel sessions to provide invaluable knowledge from those who specialise in innovation funding to include grants, equity and business loans. They will help to de-mystify the various avenues and provide practical tips for navigating the financial landscape. You will also hear success stories from businesses first hand who have utilised financial support to unlock growth and scale their business successfully.

Panel session 1 – Utilising finance to support new product development. What are the funding options available to innovators, and how do you develop a funding roadmap to bring your product to market successfully?

Panel session 2 – Accelerate the growth of your business through innovation adoption. Learn how you can utilise finance by integrating innovation into an existing business to improve productivity, efficiency and competitiveness.


  • Scott O’Brien, Chief Investment Officer and Director for Innovation Finance,
  • Innovate UK
  • Anna Maxwell, CEO, Maxwellia
  • Angela Smith, Team Leader, Innovate UK Edge North West
  • Lorna Green, CEO, Lyva Labs
  • Patrick Molyneux, Partner, KPMG Acceleris
  • Oliver Wheatley, Associate Investment Director, Deepbridge Capital
  • Will Kinghorn, Industrial Digital Technology Advisor, Made Smarter
  • Caroline Turley, Investment Executive, FW Capital
  • Stephen Hanson, Scaleup Director, Innovate UK Edge
  • Dr Paul Colbon, CEO, LCC – Liverpool ChiroChem
  • Breakfast refreshments will be provided.

The venue is within a five minute walk from both Liverpool Central and Lime Street Stations, based next to Liverpool One. The two nearest car parks to Bluecoat are Q-Park on Hanover Street (2 minute walk) or Q-Park John Lewis (6 minute walk). For driving directions, set your sat nav to: Bluecoat Chambers, L1 3BX. The venue is in the heart of the city centre so accessible by most bus routes.

This event is part of Business Finance Week, hosted by British Business Bank.

The British Business Bank is 100% Government owned, but independently managed. We bring together expertise and capital to the smaller business finance markets. Our mission is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by improving access to finance for smaller businesses. For more details about how British Business Bank processes personal data, please see our Privacy Notice.

This event is held in partnership with Innovate UK EDGE (RTC North)