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Foresight: The Future of Finance

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The landscape for SME funding and growth capital has changed significantly in the last decade; but what will it look like ten years from now, what is driving innovation, and what impact will this have on business growth?

The entry fee is £150 + VAT. It is free for members of The Supper Club and there is a 50% discount for qualifying non-members. To find out if you qualify, please email Federica at f.bellesso@thesupperclub.com

Following requests from members for more expert insight into the future of business to help them adapt, The Supper Club is launching a series of Foresight events looking at what’s on the horizon. This series will begin with a focus on finance, the evolution of growth capital, and what is driving change.

A decade on from the financial crisis, challengers and disruptive models have forced banks and investors to adapt to compete for growth businesses. It’s no longer a straight choice between debt or equity, with various hybrid options; but which of them will still be here in ten years? What will drive demand and innovation? What impact will MiFID II, PSD2 and open banking have on incumbents and challengers? What part will Bitcoin and Blockchain play in the future of finance? Ultimately, will this help or hinder high growth businesses?

The Supper Club will chair an influential panel of experts and pioneers leading this change for an audience of business owners looking to scale their businesses and exploring funding options. The event will also mark the launch of The Supper Club’s Guide to Growth Capital, with insight on a range of options from members and partners.


08.30am – Registration & Coffee

09.00am – Speakers & Panel Q&A

10.30am – Networking brunch

12.00pm – Close

Confirmed Speakers

Additional panelists will be announced soon…

Stephen Welton

Stephen Welton, CEO, Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Stephen has been Chief Executive of BGF since its launch in 2011. Under his leadership, BGF has grown to become the most active provider of growth capital for small and mid-sized companies in the UK. Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in the development capital and private equity industry and has extensive experience as an investor working with private companies, most recently as Chairman of Edwards, the global engineering group headquartered in the UK. Before this, he was Chairman and CEO of TV Travel Shop prior to its successful sale to a global media group. He was also Managing Director at Barclays Private Equity and at Henderson Ventures, which he co-founded. In January 2013, Stephen joined the advisory group formed specifically to guide the UK Government on the direction and priorities of the proposed Business Bank, and in January 2017 he was appointed to the Industry Panel advising the Treasury’s Patient Capital Review

Sam Smith

Sam Smith, Founder & CEO, finnCap

Sam Smith remains the only female Chief Executive of a City broking firm. She established her business, finnCap, in 2007 having orchestrated the buy-out of a small broking subsidiary of a private client stockbroking firm, and today finnCap is ranked No1 Nominated Adviser and Broker to AIM companies. Sam qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and is a University of Bristol alumnus. Sam is passionate about ensuring that girls and women see only opportunities rather than barriers to success in whatever industry they want to be in. Outside her duties as the CEO, Sam is actively involved in various mentoring projects and organizations such as Pinky Lilani’s “Women of the Future” awards, of which Sam is a former winner. Sam is also a patron for the Modern Muse project, aimed at millions of young girls throughout the UK to encourage and inspire them to look at business careers and entrepreneurship as a way to achieve their dreams.

Cristina Alba-Ochoa, CFO, OakNorth Bank

Cristina Alba-Ochoa, CFO, OakNorth Bank 

Cristina Alba-Ochoa is the CFO of OakNorth - the bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs – where she is responsible for developing and maintaining a robust control environment across the bank’s Finance and Treasury functions, as well as leading the day-to-day financial controllership, tax compliance, Treasury, and financial planning activities. Recently, she was part of the leadership team which helped the business raise £250m from several investors at a $1.3bn valuation.

Prior to joining OakNorth, Cristina spent several years at GE Capital International where she  led a team of experienced senior finance managers and analysts who facilitated the management of over $100Bn worth of sales across multiple jurisdictions. She also oversaw the creation of GE Capital’s Centre of Excellence dedicated to cost analysis and forecasting, leading to a cost base reduction of $2Bn over three years. She was also CFO for the EMEA Leverage Finance Bank of GE, and prior to it she held several positions in finance and risk. The strong governance framework she incorporated enabled transactions to be completed at speed whilst still ensuring security - much like the debt finance transactions between OakNorth and its borrowers.

Jon Card

Jon Card, Business & Technology Journalist & Founder, Full Story Media

Jon Card has worked as a business and technology journalist for the last 15 years, covering topics like fintech, Bitcoin and blockchain technology for titles including the Guardian, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Jon regularly profiles the individuals and companies that are spearheading disruption in the financial sector. He believes good storytelling is essential in an increasingly technological age, where the fintech entrepreneurs that can best communicate with their audiences will be the most successful. Jon’s company, Full Story Media, offers media consultancy and training, and his Coverage Class events help entrepreneurs and media professionals become better at telling their stories and engaging with journalists.

Aftab Malhotra

Aftab Malhotra, Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, GrowthEnabler

Aftab Malhotra is Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of GrowthEnabler, which tracks a community of over 525,000 companies to showcase emerging, scaling and established global tech startups on one platform. After a corporate career of 18 years, spanning Gartner, Fujitsu and Amstrad, Aftab decided to follow his passion and radically change the way big businesses work, engage and collaborate with startups. Aftab will be sharing his perspective on the Future of Finance, from GrowthEnabler intelligence research to his corporate experience. As the Chairman of WOWTalks (similar to TEDx), and Chair of Tech London Advocates India, Aftab is frequently featured in The Economist, BBC, WSJ, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur.


£150 Non-members
£0 Members (included in membership)
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Tuesday 27 March, 2018 8:30am

Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7DH