We were delighted to welcome over 90 providers and advisers on business finance to our Spring networking event at iCentrum on 24th April, including representatives from all the major banks. Our aim was to help delegates build relationships and keep up to date with the latest information about what is on offer from where in the rapidly changing world of business finance.
Speaking at the event our Chief Executive Steve Walker said: “Thank you all for coming along today and for your ongoing support. We share a common cause: helping small to medium enterprises to access finance. I want to remind you that ART lends as an additional source, often alongside the banks and other providers as part of a package of finance. Our aim is to help businesses, including social enterprises, to create and preserve jobs.
“This week Birmingham is celebrating its designation as a Social Enterprise Place and raising awareness of the impact of social enterprises on the local economy. ART not only lends to social enterprises, it is one of Birmingham’s largest and longest established social enterprises with a mission to fill a gap in the market for business finance working alongside others. We want to ensure that all enterprises with a viable proposition are able to access the finance they need to survive and grow.”
Nick Venning, Chair of ART’s volunteer Board, added: “We hit our lending target last year and are looking to do more this year to meet the demand that we know is there from businesses in the West Midlands. We will be announcing more about our fundraising campaign later in the year.”
John Rimmer, of BRI, left the event with a bottle of champagne and Craig Povey, of CVR Global, went away with a selection of spices won in the prize draw. Everyone received a goodie bag, which included celebratory chocolates to mark 21 years of ART.