Smart Innovation Hub – Keele University

Business Funding: Finding the right financial support and funding for your business

Hosted By Keele University with guests from British Business Bank and BCRS Business Loans we hope to untangle the terminology and help you to understand the range of support available.

This webinar will be recorded to later be shared online, so if you wish to ask a question and want to remain anonymous, you can do this by submitting a private message to the host using the form at the bottom of the page.

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Meet the Presenters

Nick Gostick

Director of the Smart Innovation Hub (SIH) - Keele University

Nick joined Keele University just over a year ago as Director of the Smart Innovation Hub and Head of Keele University Science and Innovation Park.

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Nick's career has focussed on the interface between business and academia and he has worked at a number of universities, most recently Birmingham and Warwick, been a founding director of 12 Innovation led startup businesses and was part of the team that created the BioCity Nottingham bioincubator.

David Lowe

Entrepreneur in Residence – Keele University

David has successfully run his own Business Consulting and Coaching Company since 2003, and he is highly regarded locally and regionally as an excellent business partner for...

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anyone seeking to benefit from a powerful combination of objective insight and sound practical experience.

He is a business graduate who started out in the world of mechanical and production engineering, but who today possesses wide ranging business know-how and experience which spans a number of sectors. This includes practical experience of actually managing, growing, and directing a truly diverse range of small businesses, as well as having worked within the larger and more corporate world.
He is a first class problem solver who possesses a rare ability to assimilate wide ranging information and either add strategic value to it, or simply apply it to solve practical day to day difficulties.
As a consultant and coach David has successfully assisted a large number of SME’s over the last 17 years to both grow and to innovate. This included for example being designated as an ‘Enhanced Coach’ under the government’s last national flagship scheme for business support - ‘The Business Growth Service’ incorporating both Growth Accelerator and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
His work as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Keele has built on that experience, especially in the innovation space, and whatever the project or task David applies his trademark energy, enthusiasm, focus, and commitment to making a real difference.

Andrew Hustwit

Business Development Manager - BCRS Business Loans

Born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent, Andrew has over 22 years’ experience in the financial services industry, comprised mostly of relationship manager roles for a major UK bank...

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bank on both a national and regional level. Andrew joined BCRS Business Loans in March 2018 as a Business Development Manager for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Emanating a clear passion for supporting SMEs and a relationship-based approach to lending, Andy really understands the challenges being faced by small businesses day-to-day and is held in high regard by contacts within the finance sector.

Lewis Stringer

Senior Manager – British Business Bank

Lewis joined the British Business Bank, from Nottingham City Council, in October 2016 as the MEIF Senior Relationship Manager, covering the East and South-East Midlands.

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The British Business Bank are a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, the Bank is delivering greater volume and choice of finance.

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