EVENT: SME spotlight – Taking your business to the next level

Successful and growing SMEs are essential to the UK’s economic growth.

However, growing your business can come with a range of challenges especially within the current economic climate.

In our latest panel event, in partnership with JMW, we will be exploring some of the key challenges businesses are facing as we move through uncertain times, why SMEs are concerned about them and what they can do to overcome them.

We will also hear from businesses about their own journey, how they have taken their business to the next level, and what’s next for them in  2023 and beyond.

The in-person event will also explore the opportunities for growth and investment both regionally, nationally, and internationally.

It will take place on 30 November between 8-10am at JMW, 1 Byrom Street, Manchester.

The event is free to attend and you can book your place here.

Panelists include:

Pinesh Mehta, investor at BGF

Pinesh is involved in all aspects of the investment process from origination through to completion, and supports companies throughout the investment hold period. Pinesh has led numerous investments at BGF, across a range of sectors but has a particular focus on the technology/software sector.

Marc Yaffe, Managing Partner, JMW

Marc has been at JMW for over 10 years where, as Head of Commercial Litigation, he grew the department from 14 to over 60 people taking turnover from £1m to £6.6m and transforming it into one of the biggest litigation teams in the North West.

Tom Hurst, founder, Rockstar Spirits

Tom Hurst is founder of Manchester-based rum producer Rockstar Spirits. Launched in November 2018, Rockstar Spirits offers several flavoured rums, including the overproof Grenade range and the Two Swallows brand. Last year, Tom appeared on BBC’s dragons’ Den where he won the backing of both Touker Suleyman and Tej Lalvani.

Dr Lucy Buckley and Kobi McCardle, founders of Manchester-based Dr Fertility

Dr Fertility was created to support couples trying to find a simple and informative way to navigate through the conflicting and complex fertility information available online. Founded by Dr Lucy Buckley (PhD) and Kobi McCardle in 2017, Dr Fertility acts as a one-stop-destination for fertility; providing education, products and services to support people on their fertility journey. The business received VC backing from Praetura Ventures in 2019.

Chair: Shelina Begum

Pinesh Mehta, BGF

Marc Yaffe, JMW

Tom Hurst, Rockstar Spirits

Dr Lucy Buckley and Kobi McCardle, Dr Fertility