Fab four to speak on finance

FOUR key figures from the world of finance are set to offer vital advice to entrepreneurs in Hartlepool.

Sourcing finance is the topic at the next meeting of the Hartlepool Business Forum and organisers say it is a vital chance to find out more at a time when cutbacks and restrictions are hitting the country.

The meeting will be held from 5.15pm at the Sir William Gray Suite within the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, on Thursday, March 17.

Forum co-ordinator John Megson, pictured at a previous forum meeting, said: “The business fraternity are continually complaining at monies not being available. Why not come and find out that they are.”

He said the event was one not to be missed by business people even if they were not looking to source finance.

The meeting is entitled Show Me The Money and will include talks by:

* Jonathan Gold, chief executive of Finance Tree. Mr Gold will detail the accessibility of venture capital where more than £125m in venture capital funds are available in the North East.

* Jim Walker, operations manager with Business Link. Mr Walker specialises in areas including helping businesses with financial management issues, raising funds and capital restructuring.

* Brian Beaumont, a business development specialist and former partner with chartered accountants and business advisors Waltons Clark Whitehill. Mr Beaumont is a specialist in business and strategic planning, funding packages, grants and non-executive appointments.

* Chris Watt, the Barclays business manager in Hartlepool. He is responsible for a portfolio of 200 small and medium sized companies dealing with commercial finance, and providing a range of loan and mortgage products to businesses.

The event will start with a buffet and a chance for people to network. The talks will follow from 6pm before more networking at around 7.30pm.

Anyone wanting to attend should contact Hartlepool Enterprise Centre on (01429) 867677, fax (01429) 264304, or email enterprisecentre@hartlepool.gov.uk