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Funding to Grow your Business

Finance Event

Funding to grow your business

Are you eager to grow your business but need the funding to make it happen? Are you confused by the different options for financing growth?

Take 90 minutes out of your busy day to learn more about why you need the funding, the sources of finance, and tips on putting an application together.

When is the event?

Tuesday 2nd November 2021 from 10:00am -11:30am

Who is this event for?

This is for you if you are based in Greater London, are planning on scaling up a new business, or growing an existing company. You might work in the technology, design, sciences or service industries and you are ambitious to succeed.

If you are just starting and want to learn about funding as your venture takes off, then you are welcome too.

Webinar Facilitator

Naima Omasta-Milsom – Co-Innovate Innovation Director

Naima Omasta-Milsom, Innovation Director for Brunel University Co-Innovate project, under the Co-Innovate Journeys. An innovation business support programme for London based SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups to achieve business innovation and growth through collaboration with Brunel’s world-class academic expertise, knowledge assets and facilities. Naima has nearly 20 years’ experience in business support and project management. She is also a Founder and Director of non-for profit, London Business Partnership Ltd (2012) a business support organisation that offers support and help to London’s SMEs and entrepreneurs.

About this event

These are exciting and challenging times for many London smaller businesses. Owner-managers like you want to rebuild sales after a difficult 18 months, and they tell us how they need the equipment, premises, staff and cash to be able to do this.

Experts at Brunel University London and NatWest are using their expertise to help get firms like yours in a better financial and sustainable position to thrive. This free online webinar will take you through:

  • How to plan when you need an injection of funding or do you rely on internal resources?
  • What type of funding is suited to different kinds of business expenditure?
  • How do I apply? Key things to include in any funding application.

You may be confused by the different types of finance for smaller companies. In this webinar, we introduce you to some of the main forms so you are better prepared when approaching your bank or lender.

Perhaps you are not sure if you qualify for a grant? Maybe loan financing is confusing? How do I meet the right Business Angel or Venture Capitalist? What about an overdraft, asset or invoice finance?

Our guest speakers provide the answers.

Bob Widdrington, NatWest

  • Bob Widdrington is the NatWest Local Enterprise Manager for West London and is well regarded for his support of the area’s owner-managers and aspiring entrepreneurs. He provides business advice, networking opportunities, and support for community organisations.

Dr Vanaj Garaj, Brunel University London

  • Dr Vanja Garaj is Director of Research and Reader in Design in Brunel Design School. Together with fellow academics and talented Brunel students, he works with several London companies on their innovation projects. In this webinar, he will tell the story of his work with London design consultancy Open Inclusion and how they secured the funds to develop and grow. 

Why Co-Innovate and NatWest?

Co-Innovate at Brunel University London and its network of partners have already worked with over 900 London businesses since the programme started in 2012. Brunel University London has a global reputation of excellence in research, student employability and commercial impact.

Your business could be the perfect candidate for help and support through the Co-Innovate programme. We work with partner organisations like NatWest to gather and share expertise with owner-managers like you.

Why not get to know us better? Register for this event and see what we might do for you. When you have registered we will be in touch and will provide you with the joining instructions.

Any questions? Please contact