Digital Union

Digital Union is the largest network of Digital businesses across the North East.

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  • Access to Finance Masterclass

    21 Sep

Access to Finance Masterclass

21-09-2017
09:15
Clavering House

Money Money Money – Funding Your Creative or Digital Business

Are you looking for business finance to help you start or grow your creative business ? What alternatives are there available to start up or scale up in the north east and nationally ? This session will help you understand the access to finance process and how to identify the right option for your business. This workshop will cover in plain and simple language :-

  • Grants
  • Traditional Finance vs Alternative Finance
  • Business Loans
  • Crowdfunding
  • Peer to Peer
  • Equity & Investment

It will also look at the best methods of packaging up your finance requirements and how to present or ‘pitch’ this to funders so the request is clear and you improve your chances of success. This session will be brought to you by representatives from Teal and Transmit Start Ups who have years of experience of helping creative businesses demystify this process and access finance .

Teal is a friendly and convenient signposting service that helps you find the right finance for your startup or early stage business. They have used their knowledge and expertise to compile a database of business finance providers so you don’t have to get into a flap about it and recently produced ‘The Plain and Simple Guide to Small Business Finance’ which is available to download as an e-book.

Transmit Start-Ups provides finance, business support and mentoring for new businesses throughout the UK. It is made up of a team of experienced creative entrepreneurs who understand what is involved in starting and growing businesses. Transmit Start-Ups is an official delivery partner of the Start-Up Loans Company, a Government initiative and have approved finance for over 1800 start ups to date.

Please register here.

Please arrive by 9.15am for registration, the session will start at 9.30am prompt. Refreshments will be provided.

‘Digital Futures’, Generator’s business support programme, is designed to meet the business development needs of the North East’s creative and digital businesses. This programme is part-funded by England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Places at this event are FREE OF CHARGE for creative and digital businesses from North East England, thanks to ERDF funding.*

*County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear (excluding Tees Valley)

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Digital Scale Up Programme - Designed specifically for businesses who are already of reasonable size (6+ employees) and ready to double.

Digital Scale Up Programme

Designed specifically to help companies scale up their business.

Who’s it for?

The Digital Scale Up Programme is designed for those businesses that are at a critical stage in their development.

We are looking for businesses who are already of reasonable size (6+ employees) and ready to double that.

For more details go here.

Scaling a business is a journey, one with many obstacles as well as ups and downs. Successfully negotiating the route forward is a mammoth task for all, but presents far greater challenges for developing companies who have limited resources to draw upon.

The programme has been developed to provide ambitious North East based Digital SMEs with the right conditions to achieve full growth potential, increased turnover and an expanded workforce.

How does it work?

You will be provided with a diagnostic on entering the programme to form a solid understanding of your business so we can deliver objective assistance. This is delivered in the form of interim support from highly experienced specialists – people who have been through the loop, ex business leaders with broad experience and the ability to share it effectively. Areas of support may include FinanceSalesMarketing or Investment and will be complemented by access to a sector specific mentor bank providing additional support.

How can I get involved?

The next cohort starts in January 2018.  If you would like to be considered for the programme, please register your interest here.  If you would like more information, please email Emma Whitenstall, Business Support Programme Manager: emma@generator.org.uk.

Due to Generator’s ERDF supported ‘Digital Futures’ programme we can offer a limited number of creative/digital SMEs based in the North East of England* the opportunity to take advantage of this highly valued package FREE of charge.

*County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear (excludes Tees Valley LEP).

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Digital Union is the largest network of digital businesses in the North East.

Digital Union

Digital Union is the largest network of digital businesses in the North East. If you’re a digital start-up, an established SME, or a freelance developer, get in touch to find out how Digital Union can help or call 0191 255 4462

Digital Union – Support and Benefits for Members:

Joining Digital Union as a member will give you access to the following support to add value to your business:

Support

  • Generator provides a flexible and adaptable business support programme that can be accessed by Digital Union member businesses at all stages in their business cycle – this includes our innovative business growth pipeline and master classes, alongside coaching and mentoring opportunities. This support is available for founders, senior leaders, managers and employees in DC&T SME businesses.
  • Digital Union members can help shape this business support programme to ensure it meets current industry needs.
  • We create supply chain opportunities for smaller companies, micro businesses and freelancers to connect and supply the more mature, larger companies in the region – keeping work here in the region to aid sector growth.
  • We work with Creative Digital businesses and support their capacity to grow in regional, national and international markets – helping to broker access to these supply chains, and highlight national tender opportunities that in turn, encourage a healthy, competitive environment for the sector.
  • Through our work evelop mechanisms that can assist in the attraction and retention of talent to the region.
  • Work with regional and national expertise to enable businesses to attract and secure investment.

Engage 

  • Represent the sector in various forums, including local and national Government and national bodies such as Innovate UK, Tech City, Tech North and Sector Skills Councils. Campaigning on the sector’s behalf when necessary.
  • Bridge the gap between DC&T industry and education sectors, to work in partnership and ensure that both Further and Higher Education are fully engaged with the sector in reducing the skills gap. Ensuring that the education curriculum is informed by NE business and talent is nurtured to fill the skills gaps in the DC&T sector.
  • Engage with Tees Valley LEP & North East LEP to lobby for and direct targeted strategic sector investment to create positive environmental conditions for growth.
  • Collaborate with existing partners in delivery of specific elements of sector support: including Campus North and Ignite 100, Dynamo, Sunderland Software City and the Digital Catapult.
  • Ensure that national and international business leaders are engaged with the North East sector to increase opportunities for both contracts and advice leading to growth.
  • Develop a robust and up-to-date database of appropriate sector support companies and business services and stimulate enquiries through signposting, workshops and marketing activity.
  • Engage with and represent North East Creative Digital businesses through a representative DU advisory group that helps shape the overall offer.

Champion and Celebrate

  • Champion the sector, facilitating a collaborative approach to working in the North East.
  • Run regular social and networking events throughout the year and develop an annual conference, jobs fair, showcase and awards event to celebrate the sector’s achievements.
  • Raise the sector’s profile by delivering an effective media strategy to highlight the region’s sector and individual successes, leading to increased media coverage, further business and the attraction and retention of talent.
  • Launch the media strategy with a high-profile event bringing together the sector with national media and regional stakeholders to raise awareness and begin the media pipeline process.

Network

  • Facilitate effective networking opportunities between member businesses, the wider sector and regional stakeholders to enable valuable connections and business opportunities to be made.
  • Identify and agree common strategies and objectives with the other DC&T organisations in the North East to ensure duplication is avoided and the region’s businesses are best served.
  • Develop and outward facing network that can attract assistance from outside of the region. We will bring industry influencers, national & International businesses and leaders to the region to share their knowledge with our members so that growth can be achieved.
  • Collaborate with other regional network organisations to establish common solutions that will assist UK sector development.
  • Produce events with invited guests that the membership will find useful, inspiring and assist in developing business practice.
  • Identify national networking opportunities for the North East sector businesses and encouraging them to attend to represent themselves and the region.

Research & Inform

  • Maintain deep knowledge of the relevant NE education sector skills and talent pool and the current and future needs of the Creative Digital businesses.
  • Help North East Creative Digital businesses to be more innovative by facilitating access specialist technology and research expertise in the region.
  • Collaborate with other regional and national organisations including Dynamo, Tech City, existing Sector Skills Councils, Innovate UK’s KTN_ Creative, Digital and Design Community, RTC North, North East BIC so that we can mitigate future challenges and help support the sector’s growth ambitions.
  • Strategic campaigning on issues identified by the sector through feedback received through Digital Union member meetings and events.

Contact

For further information and membership enquiries please contact us here : or call 0191 255 4462

Download the Digital Union Media Pack here.

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