Investment markets open for business to new entrants

Investment markets open for business to new entrants

Investment and private equity markets could help to fund the growth of exciting Nottingham businesses, according to a recent event hosted by Macildowie in partnership with the London Stock Exchange.

The recruitment consultancy, headquartered on Nottingham’s Station Street, also hosted guest speakers from HSBC, Jigsaw24, and Clearwater International as more than 60 business leaders learned about how to secure investment to fuel their next stage of growth.

The ‘Funding for Growth’ event, held at Nottingham Cricket Club’s Trent Bridge, featured a Q&A panel from leading finance specialists.

Included on the panel was Tim Davis, the regional head of the London Stock Exchange, who explored the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), part of the LSE designed to help smaller companies access capital from the public market.

Speaking alongside Tim was Rob Burden, of corporate finance advisory firm Clearwater International, Matthew Farrow, CFO of Notts-based IT company Jigsaw24, and Richard Parker, relationship director, HSBC.

Discussing the event, Macildowie’s CEO, James Taylor, said:

“It was great to welcome so many leading figures from across the region to discuss the next steps to access the funding that can take businesses to the next level. It is clear from each of our guest speakers that recruiting and retaining brilliant people is the central element to attracting significant investment.

“Of course, developing a robust business with a great product is important, but what is becoming increasingly clear is that developing leadership teams full of outstanding people is just as important to investors.

“We are entering an exciting period for businesses looking to access finance to fund growth. If the political and economic situation remains stable, prospects are good for business.”

Attention was also paid to the importance of sustainability, as investors search for the next big ‘green’ company that can capture the market. As part of Macildowie’s own drive to become a carbon-neutral company, 200 trees were donated to the Woodland Trust to offset the carbon caused by delegates travelling to the event.

For more information about Macildowie, please visit: www.macildowie.com

Picture: (L>R) James Taylor, CEO, Macildowie; Richard Parker, relationship director, HSBC; Tim Davis, regional head, London Stock Exchange; Matthew Farrow, CFO, Jigsaw 24; Richard Haaker, managing director of executive search, Macildowie; James Stewart, COO, Macildowie; Rob Burden, partner at Clearwater International.


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