Events

The Swoop Team are busy attending events around the UK & Ireland. Below are the upcoming events we’ll be attending if you’d like to come along and chat to us. If you’re interested in any of our future or past events, please get in touch via email on hello@swoopfunding.com or via Twitter @SwoopFunding.

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Future Events

International / U.S eCommerce customer acquisition clinic, Tuesday 29 January, London

Detils TBC.

International / U.S retail-tech expansion clinic, Wednesday 30 January, Manchester

Details TBC.

GTM USA East Coast Expansion Workshop, Thursday 31 January, Heathrow

Details TBC.

 

Past Events

Show Me The Money, Milton Keynes, Wednesday 28 November, 08.30 – 10.30

Join us for a networking event that’s all about the money. We will take you through what is now a complex funding landscape and show you how to access the right type of funding for your business.

You will get insight into…

  • The entire funding landscape from alternative finance to venture capital to government back initiatives
  • What funding providers are using to assess your funding applications and investment proposals
  • The changes you can make in your business today to improve profitability
  • The things you can plan for tomorrow that could impact strategic growth
  • Hear the experiences of those who have been on the investor ready journey
  • Learn to develop an investor ready financial model and investor deck

Our Success

We have designed and delivered Investor Ready Programmes for Virgin Start-Up, Nat West, Virgin Money, Enterprise Ireland and Halo Business Angels Network and have a proven track record of success across the UK/Ireland markets.

LOCATION

Grant Thornton

4th Floor, Victoria House

199 Silbury Boulevard

Milton Keynes

MK9 1AU

 

Tickets here.

Florida As Your Business Partner Seminar, Thursday 6 December, 08.30 – 10.30

The Florida Chamber of Commerce will be in London as part of their Business Development and Trade Mission to promote bi-lateral trade and investment. Agenda includes: Florida’s business climate, locate/invest in Florida, strategies to succeed in the Florida marketplace and market entry to the U.S and Latin America through Florida. Register here. 

 

Go to Market USA Clinic, techspace, Shoreditch, London: with Vayner Media, GFS, DIT and World First and 10 scale-up brands

Details TBC. Register your interest here.

 

East Asia Expansion Workshop, techUK, London: with techUK, DIT and Intralink and 20 scale-up tech brands

Details TBC. Register your interest here.

 

US Space-tech International Expansion Workshop, London: with State of Florida, DIT, OCO Global and 20 scale-up tech brands (includes coverage of health- tech testing in space)

Details TBC. Register your interest here.

 

Dubai & Middle East Expansion Workshop, London, Friday 16 November, 9am – 3pm

Looking to expand to Dubai or the Middle East? Sign up for this fantastic opportunity with GTM Global, where you can attend a FREE 1-2-1 workshop on the opportunities to scale and the compliance requirements to sustain that growth. Get bespoke face-to-face advice and guidance from in-country experts on market entry and expansion, compliance and investment, payments and logistics, talent and travel – alongside access to UK and Dubai Government agencies and trade bodies. Register here! 

UAE/ME International Expansion Workshop, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester, Wednesday 14th November, 12pm-6pm

Find out how your business can expand into the UAE and access markets across the Middle East and beyond with this free 1-2-1 international expansion workshop with experts from the region. Register your interest.

eCommerce International Expansion Clinic, techspace, Shoreditch, London, Tuesday 30th October, 1pm-5pm

Hear from U.S eCommerce market-entry strategists, experts in mission-critical areas of U.S and international trade, and in-country service providers as they offer invaluable advice, guidance and support to U.K companies.

Interested in attending? Register your interest here.

 

eCommerce International Expansion Workshop, GS1, Bishopsgate, London, Wednesday 31st October, 9am-5pm

To find out how your business can take advantage of the U.S and other overseas markets, register here for a FREE one-to-one 2-hour mentoring session with experts from a mix of government, trade body and select commercial partners.

 

SEO Clinic, techUK, London: with Blue Array and 5-8 existing scale-up workshop brands

Details TBC. Register your interest here.

 

Virgin Money Red Talks: How to get your business the finance it needs, Tuesday 2nd October 8.30am – 10.00am

Your company’s investment, cash flow and money questions answered.

Virgin has spent the past 40 years building businesses big and small, in every industry where we could make a difference. Now we want to put that passion and experience to good use, so here at Virgin Money we’re finding ways to help UK businesses save, grow and thrive

On 2 October we’ll be hosting a lively, interactive business finance presentation, in the unique setting of our London Eagle Place Lounge.

The session will be hosted by financial expert and Virgin Start Up, ‘Step UP’ programme speaker, Andrea Reynolds.

For over a decade, Andrea has worked with start-up and growth companies to raise funding across debt, equity and grants, and to support them through the execution of their plans.

To-date Andrea and her team have raised over £80million for businesses across all sectors from food & drink and automotive, to tech and manufacturing. She began her professional career as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG with clients such as Ryanair, Lloyds and the FCA. Andrea then set up her own management consultancy called Re.fresch where she began working with SME clients on fundraising and business support.

Over the last 12 months she and her team have built a tech platform called Swoop Funding for small businesses to access every type of finance in a quick an easy way. She sits on the board of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and is an appointed member of the Start Up Advisory Board to Enterprise Ireland (the Irish government development agency). Previously she acted as an “Access to Finance” growth coach under the UK Growth Accelerator and Manufacturing Advisory Services schemes.

With such an accomplished background, you won’t want to miss this next Virgin Money Red Talk where Andrea will offer a behind-the-scenes guide to getting your business the finance it needs.

As well as looking at the pros and cons of key finance options, she’ll also talk tactics for how to keep your cash flow positive.

So if you are:

  • An entrepreneur looking at different investment options…
  • A growing company looking to raise funds to help you scale…
  • A business of any size looking at streamlining its cash-flow…

…this is the event for you.

We very much hope you’ll leave this business breakfast feeling empowered with the information you need to help your company reach the next stage in its growth.

Event Outline:

  • 8.30am – Doors open
  • 8.45am – Presentation begins
  • Q&A and networking will following the main presentation and discussion.
  • 10am – Session finishes

A complimentary breakfast of pastries, fruit, teas and fresh coffees will be available

If you’d like to stay on at the Lounge, where you can make use of free Wi-Fi and relaxed work-space once the session has finished, you’re more than welcome.

This event is sure to be very popular so do make sure you book your free tickets today.

Please note that once you book, you will receive an email from us nearer the time asking you to confirm your attendance. If we do not receive confirmation from you then your place may be given away to people on our waiting list. Please keep an eye on your inbox and be sure to let us know if you can make it.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Virgin Money Red Talks: How to get your business the finance it needs, Wednesday 3rd October 8.30am – 10.00am

Join us at the Virgin Money Sheffield Lounge on 3 October for our third Virgin Money Red Talk where we’ll be answering your company’s investment, cash flow and money questions.

Virgin has spent the past 40 years building businesses big and small, in every industry where we could make a difference. Now we want to put that passion and experience to good use, so here at Virgin Money we’re finding ways to help UK businesses save, grow and thrive

Held in the unique setting of our Sheffield Lounge, we’ll be hosting a lively, interactive business finance presentation, led by financial expert and Virgin Start Up, ‘Step UP’ programme speaker, Andrea Reynolds.

With an accomplished background and exceptional experience that’s second to none, you won’t want to miss this next Virgin Money Red Talk where Andrea will offer a behind-the-scenes guide to getting your business the finance it needs.

As well as looking at the pros and cons of key finance options, she’ll also talk tactics for how to keep your cash flow positive.

So if you are:

  • An entrepreneur looking at different investment options…
  • A growing company looking to raise funds to help you scale…
  • A business of any size looking at streamlining its cash-flow…

…this is the event for you.

We very much hope you’ll leave this business breakfast feeling empowered with the information you need to help your company reach the next stage in its growth.

Event Outline:

  • 8.30am – Doors open
  • 8.45am – Presentation begins
  • Q&A and networking will following the main presentation and discussion.
  • 10am – Session finishes

A complimentary breakfast of pastries, fruit, teas and fresh coffees will be available. If you’d like to stay on at the Lounge, where you can make use of free Wi-Fi and relaxed work-space once the session has finished, you’re more than welcome.

This event is sure to be very popular so do make sure you secure your free tickets via Eventbrite

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Virgin Money Red Talks: How to get your business the finance it needs, Thursday 4th October 8.30am – 10.00am

Join us at the Virgin Money Manchester Lounge on 4 October for our third Virgin Money Red Talk where we’ll be answering your company’s investment, cash flow and money questions.

Virgin has spent the past 40 years building businesses big and small, in every industry where we could make a difference. Now we want to put that passion and experience to good use, so here at Virgin Money we’re finding ways to help UK businesses save, grow and thrive.

Held in the unique setting of our Manchester Lounge, we’ll be hosting a lively, interactive business finance presentation, led by financial expert and  Virgin Start Up ‘Step UP’ programme speaker, Andrea Reynolds.

With an accomplished background and exceptional experience that’s second to none, you won’t want to miss this next Virgin Money Red Talk where Andrea will offer a behind-the-scenes guide to getting your business the finance it needs.

As well as looking at the pros and cons of key finance options, she’ll also talk tactics for how to keep your cash flow positive.

So if you are:

  • An entrepreneur looking at different investment options…
  • A growing company looking to raise funds to help you scale…
  • A business of any size looking at streamlining its cash-flow…

…this is the event for you.

We very much hope you’ll leave this business breakfast feeling empowered with the information you need to help your company reach the next stage in its growth.

Event Outline:

  • 8.30am – Doors open
  • 8.45am – Presentation begins
  • Q&A and networking will following the main presentation and discussion.
  • 10am – Session finishes

A complimentary breakfast of pastries, fruit, teas and fresh coffees will be available. If you’d like to stay on at the Lounge, where you can make use of free Wi-Fi and relaxed work-space once the session has finished, you’re more than welcome.

 

Female Founders Investment with Voulez Capital, Thursday 20th September

The monthly pitch series offer female led businesses a great opportunity to pitch their business to not only Voulez-Capital but to a wide range of investors and funds looking to back exceptional female founders.

So, if you’re a talented female founder looking to scale and grow your business through investment, then make sure to apply to the next upcoming pitch event at Google Campus on Thursday 27 September.

Applications close on Thursday 20th September and you will be informed shortly afterwards whether your application has been successful. The vibe is informal and supportive, but do come as prepared as you can so you can make the most of the resources and expertise available to you. Each selected venture will get 5-10 minutes to present, followed by 15-20 minutes for feedback and discussion.

Click here to apply for a spot.

 

Alternative Options for Financing your Startup, Virgin Webinar, Tuesday July 31st

We’ll be running a condensed version of our ‘Get Access to Finance’ masterclass for the Virgin Step Up Programme this coming Tuesday as a webinar.

We’ll be showcasing the many forms of financing you can pursue as a start-up in the UK & Ireland – taking a deep dive into various debt, equity and grant solutions.

 

Plant Based Business Bootcamp, Sat July 14th

Lush Studio, 67-71 Beak St, W1F 9SW 9:00am – 6:00pm

Plant-Based Business Bootcamp has been developed to give you the new skills and insights needed to create a stand out plant-based business.

At the bootcamp you will hear educational talks from entrepreneurs who have built some of the UK’s most iconic businesses.

Come prepared to learn and challenge yourself. We will deep dive into important topics like communications, raising investment, growth and building a great work culture.

Benefits of attending include: • Talks and workshops from leading entrepreneurs • Access to mentoring sessions • Meeting fellow entrepreneurs • Networking with sector leaders • Breakfast, lunch, snacks + drinks provided by The Fields Beneath • Brilliant goodie bag

 

Access to Finance Masterclass, Thurs June 28th

Virgin Step Up Programme, London 9am – 5pm

We’ll be running our geting money ready programme with the next co-hort of Virgin Step Up Businesses where we’ll be taking them through an in depth induction on the entrie SME funding landscape. We’ll be covering grants and tax credits; all forms of debt from trade to invcoice finance and everything in between. They’ll be learning about equity finance across SEIS/EIS/VCT through to family offices, angels and British Business Bank development funds. We’ll also showcase how to mix private and public sector money to make finance rounds go further.

This session gives insight into what finance is right for your business stage and sector and also informs entrepreneurs about smart tips on how to maximise their valuation and attractiveness to providers by choosing the right finance option at the right times. Too often entrepreneur’s are unaware of every funding opportunity available to them. Armed with the knowledge from this session they will know how and when to get financed on every step of their growth journey.

 

HBAN London Group Pitch Event, Wednesday June 13th

Rocketspace, London 5.30pm – 8.00pm

The next Halo Angel Business Network’s London syndicate event is taking place in Rochketspace on the evening of June 13th. We’ll be there to talk about investing in the UK market and what the fudning landscape looks like across loans, equity and grants.

On June 13th, the event will also have 4 companies presenting on the evening who have already raised money or are in the process of fundraising from HBAN angels in Ireland.

Preparing for a Post-Brext World, Wednesday June 13th

Henry Wood House, 2 Riding House Street, W1W 7AF, London 6.30pm – 9.00pm

When it comes to Brexit, almost everything is uncertain and unclear. As the weeks go by, if anything, the details appear to become even more unclear! As entrepreneurs and leaders of SMEs, it can be tricky to anticipate and take action to futureproof your business when the post-Brexit business environment remains so unpredictable.

The business community – SMEs in particular – needs both information and confidence. Information to anticipate and make informed decisions, and confidence to implement plans and drive positive change. SMEs need to understand what they can and need to do now and how they can prepare for both a post-Brexit World and to take advantage of the many opportunities which will exist.

The Speakers Will Explore:

• The Brexit Landscape: What are the current plans for policy changes, regulations, tariffs & taxes • The Audit: Reviewing and understanding your current business activity, the benefits of futureproofing, operational changes to consider now • Innovation: What differences that exist in the UK, the EU and further afield in the context of readiness for a post-Brexit world? • Risk: How to mitigate risks of likely tariffs and proposed legislative changes • Currency: Maximising the opportunities of a weaker Stirling/ currency volatility

Guests will leave this event with a renewed understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities for SMEs presented by Brexit; the latest information on small business policy; numerous tactics and tips for offsetting the risks and taking advantage of the opportunities. You can take ideas and actions ready for implementation to ensure you’re creating value and proactively preparing for a post-Brexit World.

Access to Finance Masterclass, Thurs May 24th

Virgin Step Up Programme, London 9am – 5pm

We’ll be running our geting money ready programme with the next co-hort of Virgin Step Up Businesses where we’ll be taking them through an in depth induction on the entrie SME funding landscape. We’ll be covering grants and tax credits; all forms of debt from trade to invcoice finance and everything in between. They’ll be learning about equity finance across SEIS/EIS/VCT through to family offices, angels and British Business Bank development funds. We’ll also showcase how to mix private and public sector money to make finance rounds go further.

This session gives insight into what finance is right for your business stage and sector and also informs entrepreneurs about smart tips on how to maximise their valuation and attractiveness to providers by choosing the right finance option at the right times. Too often entrepreneur’s are unaware of every funding opportunity available to them. Armed with the knowledge from this session they will know how and when to get financed on every step of their growth journey.

How to Build An Independent Fashion Brand, Sat May 26th

Our/London, Hackney 12pm – 6pm

We’ll be joining The Bridge & Co at their upcoming event to see them connect key industry players, their favourite brands and the next generation of creative entrepreneurs to educate, debate and inspire through talks and workshops.

It will be a great event for emerging fashion brands and designers, so if you are free on the 26th definitely do come along. The following will be covered on the day:

  • 1:1 Fashion Mentoring
  • Fashion Film Showcase
  • Pop-Up Showroom
  • 5 Point Business Plan
  • Drinks c/o Our/London & Networking

ICAEW – SME Confernce, Wednesday May 16th

ICAEW, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA 8am – 5pm

Panel session: Show me the money!

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Access to finance can be a route to growth and lending has never had so many options as there are today.

Here, we bring you an array of lenders on a panel to share what they have to offer, where they can play a role in future proofing your finance, and answer your questions to help you match your requirements.

Access to Finance – Fashion Focus, Thurs May 10th

Virgin & London College of Fashion Step Up Programme, London 9am – 5pm

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We’ll be running our geting money ready programme with the next co-hort of Virgin Step Up Businesses where we’ll be taking them through an in depth induction on the entrie SME funding landscape. We’ll be covering grants and tax credits; all forms of debt from trade to invcoice finance and everything in between. They’ll be learning about equity finance across SEIS/EIS/VCT through to family offices, angels and British Business Bank development funds. We’ll also showcase how to mix private and public sector money to make finance rounds go further.

This session gives insight into what finance is right for your business stage and sector and also informs entrepreneurs about smart tips on how to maximise their valuation and attractiveness to providers by choosing the right finance option at the right times. Too often entrepreneur’s are unaware of every funding opportunity available to them. Armed with the knowledge from this session they will know how and when to get financed on every step of their growth journey.

Show Me The Money with Connolly Accountant & Croner Business School, Tues April 24th

The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey and Gardens, MK17 9WA 9am – 12.30pm Full event details here.

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You will get an insight into…

  • The entire funding landscape from alternative finance to venture capital to government back initiatives
  • What funding providers are using to assess your funding applications and investment proposals
  • The changes you can make in your business today to improve profitability
  • The things you can plan for tomorrow that could impact strategic growth