Ready to scale-up?

Join us to find out how you can access the right combinations of finance and funding for your business

Scale-Up Forum event

Wednesday 19 June, 2024

4-6pm, Alliance Manchester Business School

Penthouse, Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB

The University of Manchester invites you to join us for a friendly, informative and practical networking meeting about finance and funding to support your business innovation and growth.

The Scale Up Forum is a peer-to-peer network for ambitious, growing businesses to share experiences and common challenges and discuss scale-up related topics, with the regional business support ecosystem.

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British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Delyth Edwards, Senior Network Manager (north-west), will cover information on the finance opportunities to scale-up your business in the north-west.

Praetura Ventures

Praetura Ventures are a north-west venture capital firm, investing in early-stage businesses. They offer a wide range of award-winning investments, supporting start ups and SMEs across the UK and providing more than money to support founders in building the best business they can.

Northern Gritstone

Northern Gritstone are an independent investment company, supporting the leading businesses of tomorrow which emerge from the world class science and innovation hub that is the north of England today. Jess McCreadie, Investment Director, will join us to talk about accessing investment at Northern Gritstone.

Business case study

Hear about Holiferm’s funding and financing journey, from a University spin out to raising £18.5M scale up funding. Holiferm develops processes to manufacture sustainable biosurfactant products for use at commercial scale.

Funding through university collaboration

Caroline Stanton, Head of SME Partnerships at The University of Manchester, will share information about grant funding and support available through partnering with us, to support your business innovation and growth.


The event will include:

  • A round room question and answer session.
  • Opportunity to book one to one follow up discussions.

We are currently planning an exciting calendar of events for the year ahead. Further details will be posted here soon; in the meantime please contact the Business Engagement team to be added to the circulation list for future event information.