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Access to finance

June 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Join Backing Essex Business and Eden Bookkeeping Solutions at this free workshop aimed at newly established businesses looking to access finance!

A FREE in-person workshop, where we demystify the intricate world of business funding, equipping newly established businesses with the knowledge and strategies needed to secure the resources your business needs and deserves.

In this course, you’ll gain a wider knowledge of funding options for your business to scale/expand.

There will be tea, coffee and pastries will be provided upon arrival, as well as an opportunity to network afterwards.

What it covers:

  • Growth Guarantee Scheme, Growth Loans and Start-up Loans
  • Other ways of funding a business
  • The importance of financial planning and forecasting, knowing your trading performance and tips to help with good bookkeeping.

Who it is for:

The course is aimed at newly established businesses looking to access finance.

Who should attend:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Micro business owners
  • Small business owners
  • Start-up business owners and those planning on starting a new business

About the hosts:

Gemma Bradley – Eden Bookkeeping Solutions

Gemma Le-Rossignol Bradley is the founder of Eden Bookkeeping Solutions based in Canvey Island, Essex. She has been in practice since 2018 supporting small businesses and sole traders with their finances. Working closely with clients, almost becoming part of their team, she helps them manage their day-to-day finances and achieve their long-term goals. She specialises in using Xero accounting software which streamlines processes for her clients and gives real-time insights into their business finances.

Robert Laurie – Backing Essex Business

Robert is a Business Advisory Manager at Backing Essex Business (delivered by Let’s Do Business Group) and has 35 years of banking relationship and finance experience, providing support and advice to businesses of all sizes across Essex. He has an extensive network of key partners who also support businesses with non-financial issues, as well as good links to Local Councils and Grant providers.

This workshop is organised by Let’s Do Business Group on behalf of Southend-On-Sea City Council and is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.


University of Essex, Southend Campus – The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1NS
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Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1NS United Kingdom
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