Seven Hills travelled to Sheffield this week with the British Business Bank to host the latest instalment of the Vital Ingredient for Growth campaign, which is raising awareness of the finance options available to smaller businesses across the UK.
A dinner, hosted at the Crucible Theatre, convened a select group of Sheffield’s business leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by the region and its smaller businesses, and how best the British Business Bank can tailor its offering.
The event, held the following morning at the Electric Works, was compered by Michael Hayman MBE and highlighted the work and influence of the British Business Bank in the South Yorkshire region.
The day showcased the regional business landscape to an audience of nearly 100, from finance providers and civic leaders to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The event opened with the British Business Bank’s Chairman Ron Emerson and CEO Keith Morgan talking about the Bank’s purpose and progress.
They were then joined by founders of some of South Yorkshire’s most exciting businesses, including David Atkinson, co-founder of the Harrogate-based Yorkshire Meatball Company, James Clakson, of Adventoris, and Craig Milnes from Wilson Benesch.
Business and civic leaders, Lee Strafford, founder of Dotforge and Plusnet, Lucy Thornycroft from the CBI and Councillor Leigh Bramall, discussed the needs and sentiment of the Sheffield business scene, while representatives from Finance Yorkshire, Finance for Enterprise and Yorkshire Bank spoke about the region’s funding landscape.
Seven Hills has been supporting the British Business Bank in its campaign of regional roadshows, which has so far taken in cities including Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool.