Keynote speakers:

Andrew Mitchell, Chief Executive of the hotly-anticipated £120m North East Fund will take to the stage in a keynote session alongside Oliver Woolley cofounder of the private investor network, Envestors Ltd.

Sukh Ryatt, Chief Executive of Oak Intranet, a Gateshead-based software company who have just completed a £2.7m funding round, will also share his experience of raising finance to grow.

Governor of the Bank of England

Following the recent announcement that Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, will address delegates attending the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, part of Great Exhibition of the North, we’re delighted to add that his speech will also be streamed live at FinanceCamp.

This is a rare opportunity for North East businesses to have the chance to hear the Governor speak live at two major events in the region. It also builds on our work delivering Entrepreneurs of the North, where Northern businesses pitched to investors at the Bank of England in London.

Panel discussion

As part of the Innovation SuperNetwork’s ‘Women in Innovation’ programme aimed at tackling unconscious bias in business, the panel will discuss the importance of female angel investors in supporting business growth and likewise the need for increased investment in female-led ventures.

The panel will feature Angel Investor of the Year 2017, Meganne Houghton-Berry; CEO of Cadzow Estates, Helen Cadzow; Investment and Operations Director at Growth Capital Ventures, Jordan Dargue; and Campaign Associate at Seedrs, Scott Simpkin.

Focus on R&D Tax Credits with Haines Watts

Did you know 9 out of 10 businesses in the UK are failing to take advantage of R&D tax relief?

The government’s R&D Tax Credit initiative is aimed at supporting UK innovation, by providing eligible companies with a tax deduction or a cash refund. The average SME claims more than £50,000. Haines Watts are here today to demystify how growing businesses can access this pot of funding.


FinanceCamp is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, North East LEP and North East BIC, with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Huge thanks go to all our partners. Please visit their websites to find out more.

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