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Access to finance: supporting small businesses

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ICAEW’s Head of Corporate Finance, David Petrie, is joined by a panel of experts to discuss debt, equity and other funding options for small businesses in the light of government intervention as a consequence of the pandemic and the return to growth.

Welcome to this ICAEW Insights ‘In Focus’ podcast. This is where we interrogate a specific but timely topic from the world of accountancy, business and finance.

On this show, we’ll provide some analysis and insight into the following:

  • What were the most important sources of funding and government support for businesses during the pandemic?
  • What does that mean now for companies seeking to put in place a new capital structure for growth? And what are the most important considerations for businesses seeking additional funding as the country opens up again?
  • How can early stage, innovative companies fund growth?
  • What types of smaller companies are equity providers – business angels, venture capital and private equity – particularly interested in supporting?
  • From the perspective of banks and equity backers, what are the most useful things a company can ask their accountants to do for them?
  • What are the do’s and don’ts when raising finance?


David Petrie, Head of Corporate Finance, ICAEW


  • Graeme Sands, Corporate and Growth Banking Director, Virgin Money UK
  • Steve Cordiner, Head of Unquoted Investment, Gresham House Ventures
  • Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, Chief Executive, Funding London
  • Asif Ahmed, Founder & Managing Director, Acclivity Advisors
  • Wendy Smith, Senior Innovation and Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE North


Natalie Chisholm

Episode published: 20 August 2021
Podcast recorded: 12 August 2021

All views expressed on this podcast are those of the contributors and don’t necessarily reflect those of ICAEW or its members. This podcast was recorded during lockdown and followed all social-distancing guidelines.