Hosted by Caroline Theobald of the Bridge Club Ltd, join us to hear from our finance panel and their investees, followed by our Summer Supper.
This event is in Partnership with:
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance to growing businesses through Microfinance, Debt and Equity Finance funds.
NPIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North West, Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley. The Fund has completed a successful first year and this is your opportunity to come along and hear from some of the successful invested businesses and hear more about how you can access the Fund.
There are limited places for this event so early booking is recommended.
Running order for the evening is as follows (note the earlier start time):
5.30pm Registration with tea and coffee served
6.00pm Welcome and introduction from TVBC
6.05pm Introduction to the British Business Bank by Mark Wilcockson, Senior Relationship Manager, Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
6.15pm Investee Panel and Investees with Caroline Theobald
7.15pm Summer Supper and informal networking
Partner and presenter bios:
MARK WILCOCKSON - Senior Relationship Manager Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
Mark is responsible for ensuring the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund is delivered across the Tees Valley Combined Authority Region. Working alongside the Fund Managers his key role is to ensure the fund is promoted and understood across the Region and that Tees Valley businesses access the funding to allow them to grow and achieve their ambitions.
The BRITISH BUSINESS BANK – unlocking Finance for Smaller businesses
The British Business Bank is a government-owned financial institution. It drives economic growth by making finance markets work better for smaller businesses in the UK, allowing those businesses to prosper and grow.
About Caroline CBE
Caroline Theobald is a southerner who moved up to the North East in the late 1980s. She founded Bridge Club Ltd in 2000 as a private company with a mission to ‘champion, foster, and accelerate enterprise and entrepreneurship’. This work now continues through FIRST Face to Face.
Bridge Club Ltd has introduced thousands of people to like-minded individuals and given them access to a wealth of contacts. These connections have resulted in successful partnerships, lucrative contracts and a whole host of other business benefits. In order to refresh the brand and make it more relevant to young entrepreneurs, FIRST Face to Face Ltd was formed with Charlotte Windebank in 2014 to pioneer young person led networking, with a young woman (Charlotte) at its helm.
In 2007, Caroline accepted a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for the work she continues to do in harnessing the enterprising capital of young people and business owner/managers. She was awarded a CBE for services to business and entrepreneurship in 2016. She sits on the boards of several early-stage and growing companies, is the co-founder of Gabriel Investors LLP and the Northern Initiative for Business Ethics and the chairman of International Newcastle. She is also the independent chairman of the BQ Live debates that take place around the country.
Caroline has been the Honorary Consul for Sweden since 2007 and since her induction into the role has worked on strengthening business and cultural relationships between the UK and Sweden. In recognition of that she was made the honorary chairman of the north east chapter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and now has the satisfaction of seeing the formalisation of ‘Creative Links’ a formal commitment to collaborate between north east England and region Vastra Gotaland.
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Attendance to this event is without charge for members and eligible guests*. Please bring plenty of business cards.
*Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before making a commitment to join the club