Women-led Sutton Coldfield SMEs encouraged to make investment pitch
27th October 2023
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The Women Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition will see female entrepreneurs secure the opportunity to showcase their business to the likes of Mercia Asset Management, Midven and SFC Capital.

As well as being able to directly pitch their business to those actively looking to invest in local businesses, one firm will be named as the panel’s ‘One to Watch’ and winner of the competition.

The event is taking place at a Birmingham city centre venue on 7 December.

To qualify to pitch to the panel, businesses must be female founded or co-founded and demonstrate clear growth potential.

Those interested in pitching can do so through the expression of interest link by 10 November here.

Chris Brewerton, head of Royal Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging women-led firms from the Royal Town to apply.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for female founders in the Sutton Coldfield to pitch to investors both on the panel and in the audience.

“It is also a great chance to grow your profile and network. Sutton Coldfield has some brilliant women-led businesses – many of whom are members of our Chamber – and I would encourage them to find out more about this initiative.”

According to The Gender Index, just 13 per cent of West Midlands-based companies receiving angel investment and just 2.5 per cent of those receiving VC investment so far this year are female-led.

The Women Entrepreneurs Investment Competition is delivered in partnership with the NatWest West Midlands Women in Business Taskforce - a meeting of collaborators to discuss, design and then deliver tangible outputs to ‘move the dial’ on challenges currently facing female founders in the region.

Harinder Kunor, ecosystem manager at NatWest, said: “In 2020 NatWest released the Springboard to Recovery Report, which included a commitment to establish regional taskforces to support growth across the UK.

“The aim of the regional taskforces is to work in collaboration with local and regional partners to identify ways to stimulate a strong and sustainable SME recovery in the post Covid-19 economy. 

“The taskforce works collaboratively to provide SMEs with information and support required from all members to help transform and grow businesses. 

“It can also act as a vehicle to align policy asks on the ground from SMEs are reflected in conversations at a national level by feeding into the National Taskforce.”

 

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