Meet the Lenders Panel

Learn which debt finance is best for your business

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As businesses seek to move from startup, through growth or scaling up, to a level of maturity they may need external finance to help jump from one level to the next. Lending has never had so many options as there are today and we are delighted to bring you an array of lenders in a panel to share where they can play a role, answer your questions and get matched to your exact requirements.

Panel members include; 

  • Anthony Carty, Group Financial Planning & Business Development Director of Alternative Business Funding, a lending platform with access to 115 lenders and products to match best type of finance and lenders matched within minutes.


  • Richard Steele, Business Development Manager, of BCRS business loans that meet the needs of West Midlands based businesses that are unable to get loans from traditional sources such as banks. 


  • Keith Stokes, Head of Credit of BizBritain, the largest Start Up Loans Delivery Partner in the West Midlands working with businesses up to 2 years trading. 


  • Veronika Lovett, Director – FI Structured Finance of ESME Loans who work with businesses over 18 months old offering fast decisions.


  • Richard Parks, Relationship Director & West Midlands TMT Lead of NatWest bank, the UK’s biggest bank for business.


  • Brian Cartwright, Head of Business Finance, of Ratesetter, who combine online platform technology with human decision making. They want to hear your company story.


  • Kevin Vendel, Senior Partnership Manager of Spotcap who provide a combination of a unique credit assessment algorithm and an entirely online application process.


  • Damon Walford, Chief Development Officer of Thin Cats, who are best known for being the opposite of the Fat Cats, having lent £245 million in the last 6 years, with security or proven revenues, and strong management.


The panel will be introduced and moderated by Gary Lennon, Business Development Director of BizBritain


Pitch For Debt Finance

When: Wednesday 4th October 2017

Where: Keynote Stage

Time: 14:00 – 15:00

There is also the opportunity to pitch for your debt finance requirement in person to the panel on the day.  If you wish to pitch to the lenders panel please enter your details in the form provided  so that we can understand your finance needs.

Presenting to the panel will consist of a 2 minute slot from the audience space.  So be prepared.  Interested lenders will organise a business card swap there and then to meet you after the event to help facilitate engagement. You will not be able to get any final decisions on the day, as suitable due diligence must be included in any lending decisions.

We will send you further information to help create an impacting pitch to engage the lenders, should you require it.

Submit your pitch for funding information in the right hand panel


To be part of the SME2017 Pitching for Debt Finance Session

Please submit the following form

  1. First name

  2. Surname

  3. Company Name

  4. Phone Number

  5. Email

  6. Where are you on your business journey?

  7. What level of investment are you seeking?

  8. What type of investment?

  9. Which Industry are you?

  10. Tell us a little bit about what you are pitching for?