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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Support your clients and Enhancing your practice fees through corporate finance opportunities

Date: 29 November 2016 09:00 - 12:30

Type: Course

Organiser: ICAEW

Find out about Corporate Finance opportunities for businesses in Durham.

This event will explore different types of Corporate Finance projects and offer examples of regional and national sources of business finance.

This event is being delivered by the Business Durham Finance Partnership Project and ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty

Business Durham is the economic development company for County Durham, delivering the environment for business and economic growth.


09:00     Registration and breakfast

09:25     Welcome & introduction

09:30     What is “corporate finance”?

10:15     Successful CF case studies – three examples of how practitioners helped their clients raise finance to grow their business

11:00     Coffee break

11:20     Sources of finance: benefits & risks

11:50     Grow your fees: how you add value to the process; financial due diligence; being prepared

12:20     Q&A with all presenters

12:30     Close & networking opportunity

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Redworth Hall Hotel

Redworth Hall Hotel,
County Durham,

Tel No: 0800 808 9596


Ian Richards – Northstar Ventures

Ian joined Northstar Ventures in 2007, before becoming a director of the company in 2010. He oversees the Proof of Concept and Social Investment Funds  as well as looking after the investment portfolio across all funds.

Prior to joining Northstar Ventures, Ian worked for NatWest Bank and 3i.

Michael Smith – Tait Walker LLP

Michael is a Chartered Accountant and qualified corporate financier and has practiced Corporate Finance in the North East for over 25 years. During that time, he has built up a strong network of contacts across funders, lawyers and ambitious clients throughout the North of England.

His primary role is to assist clients in buying and selling businesses, as well as raising funding for a range of projects including restructuring and MBOs. Michael has substantial experience of a wide range of transactions and significant experience in many sectors, as well as lots of contacts in the debt and private equity markets both locally and nationally.

Michael was previously a non-executive of the North East Regional Investment Fund and he continues to sit on the boards of RTC North and Back on the Map, a housing charity in Sunderland. Michael was named Insider’s Dealmaker of the Year in 2012 and 2013.


Neil Guilder – Agora Bay Ltd

Neil is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

He operated at the Finance Director level for 15 years for growing SMEs. As Finance and Operations Director of Director bank Ltd. he secured the finance to double the size of the business via corporate acquisition. During his time as Finance Director of Guidance Enterprise Group Ltd (GEG), again via corporate acquisition, the turnover was tripled whilst profit margins and cash generation were maintained. Whilst at GEG, Neil led, from a commercial finance point of view, the valuation growth and ultimate sale of the company to a consortium of two PLC’s.

Neil has a keen interest and significant experience in the delivery of Strategic Finance solutions to SMEs. In the last three years he has successfully assisted a wide range of SME’s with the formulation and delivery of their business Strategies and with their Investment Readiness and acquisition of applicable growth finance.

Nicky Atkinson – FW Capital

Nicky is an Investment Executive in the North East team. Based in our Billingham office, Nicky works with North East businesses to provide short term funding from £100,000 up to £2 million from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund.

An experienced commercial banker, Nicky has spent over 20 years working in deal appraisals for HSBC. Nicky offers key sector experience in agriculture and real estate as well as a strong background in engaging with intermediaries and local business networks. 


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