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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?
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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.

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