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Access to Finance: Explore your options


Cost: Free

The British Business Bank, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland are delighted to be hosting the 2024 edition of their annual Access to Finance Conference in Enniskillen.

This edition aims to demystify external finance for smaller businesses, raising awareness of ‘alternative’ finance options and how they complement traditional bank finance to accelerate growth.

Hosted by BBC News Correspondent Mark Simpson, this free, in-person event will look at funding options for local entrepreneurs from early-stage right through to well established businesses.

Who should attend?

  • Local businesses that are interested in learning more about available funding options and the positive role of external finance when it comes to successfully growing a business.
  • Business and finance advisors and the wider intermediary community supporting businesses on their funding journey.

Why should you attend?

  • Understand what the different types of available finance are and the importance of getting the right finance at the right time.
  • Hear directly from some local businesses that have started up, taken on equity or debt finance, looking at their journeys and what advice they would give to businesses who are considering their options.
  • Learn where to find further support and useful resources to help you on your business growth journey and meet the people that can help you in the networking session.


  • 8:30am - 9am - Registration and refreshments
  • 9am - 9:05am - Welcome and opening comments from Mark Simpson - BBC News Correspondent
  • 9:05am - 9:15am - Setting the scene: a fireside chat with Michael Barnett - McAleer Jackson
  • 9:15am - 9:55am - Start-up support: funding options for early-stage businesses
  • 9:55am - 10:40am - How can equity investment support business growth?
  • 10:40am - 11am - Coffee break
  • 11am - 11:50am - Exploring alternative debt options
  • 11:50am - 12pm - Closing comments
  • 12pm - 1pm - Networking and light lunch at The Workhouse, Enniskillen

Dates and venues

12 June 2024, 08:30 - 13:00
South West College Enniskillen, Enniskillen, BT74 6DU

Cost: Free

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Terms and conditions may apply.

Event organiser

Invest Northern Ireland
Bedford Square
Bedford Street
United Kingdom

0800 181 4422
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