Smaller businesses’ awareness of available options is known to be the biggest barrier to their demand for external finance. Dr. Sophie Dale-Black, formerly ICAEW's Midlands Director, will be presenting an informative session on how the British Business Bank supports making finance markets work better for smaller businesses across the UK’s regions and nations. Additionally, Sophie will address questions and provide valuable information to businesses seeking a better understanding of their finance options.
Simon Gray, Head of Business, ICAEWSimon is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, who qualified with KPMG in Nottingham. After many years of volunteering, including District Society President, Chair of the Business Committee and Council Member, he joined ICAEW as Head of Business in December 2021. His background is in the recruitment, careers, membership and inward investment sectors. Simon has started and run his own businesses and served as a Non-Executive Director.
Dr Sophie Dale-Black, Director, British Business BankDr Sophie Dale-Black is a Director within the British Business Bank’s UK Network. She focuses on working across the business support community in the Midlands and the North of England to help the Bank to understand and overcome the challenges smaller businesses face in their access to finance journey. Sophie previously worked in strategic relationship and communication roles at ICAEW and Innovate UK, and research and innovation management in the higher education sector (Loughborough, Nottingham and Newcastle universities). Away from work, she is Vice Chair of the Governing Council at the University of Leicester, and Member of its Nomination and Remuneration Committees.TwitterLinkedIn
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