Free Investment-ready Programme
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Great opportunities are available for growing companies based in Suffolk and Norfolk to access a new, free programme aimed at helping them prepare for business investment.

The Investment Readiness Programme is being delivered by the University of East Anglia as part of Invest East, a £1.8m ERDF funded scheme of specialised support directed at ambitious SMEs with high growth potential in Suffolk and Norfolk.

It aims to support businesses to understand and prepare to raise equity and other forms of finance.

Businesses which take part will receive:

  • Impartial 1-1 support to improve your investment proposition
  • Workshops and masterclasses
  • Specialist adviser/mentoring support
  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs and investment professionals
  • Opportunities to develop and refine an investment pitch.

To qualify, businesses must be based in Suffolk and Norfolk and:

  • Be pre revenue or start up
  • Be early stage looking to grow
  • Be established and aiming to scale up, diversify or enter new markets
  • Employ fewer than 250 full time people
  • Have an annual turnover of less than £40m and/or an annual balance sheet total of less than £35m
  • Not more than 25 per cent of the shares of the company owned by another organisation.

To find out more about Invest East and The Investment Readiness Programme visit www.investeast.co.uk.

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Emma Finn is the Founder and Director of Pathfinder East. Read more here.

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