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Speaker Event

Raising Capital to Scale

Thursday 16 November 2017
2:30pm - 5:30pm

Osborne Clarke, One London Wall, London, EC2Y 5EB

Hear from fellow members share their own experiences on funding options, alongside technical advice from experts in this area. From choosing the right type of funding, to how best to use it, this promises to be an insightful and inspirational event.

Whether you’re seeking funding for an existing business or a new venture, to support an acquisition strategy or invest in new technology, there are more options available now than there have ever been.

From SEIS and EIS to VC and PE, crowdfunding and angel investment to debt finance and invoice factoring, there has been an explosion of funding options - and providers – all competing for ambitious, high growth businesses. But which option is best you, your stage of growth, and you future plans?

Three members of The Supper Club will share their stories about how they funded the next stage of growth, what they learned during the process, and what they wish they had known before they started.

From choosing the right type of funding to how best to use it, they will share their experiences, tips, and tactics to help you make more informed decisions.

Join us to hear three entrepreneurs share their own experiences, warts and all, with technical advice from specialist partners in our panel Q&A.

Please arrive at 2:30pm for a 3pm start. Networking drinks will follow when the talk concludes at 4:30pm.

Our speakers include..

Adam Blaskey, Founder of The Clubhouse

Having become tired of meeting his clients, investors and partners in hotel lobbies and coffee shops, and having no need for a central London office, 5 days a week, Adam launched The Clubhouse to fill this gap in the market.

Today, The Clubhouse is London’s leading business members club and meeting space, providing a network of innovative, design led flexible meeting and workspaces in central London created around the needs of both fast-growing SMEs and large corporates who are looking for a smarter, more flexible alternative to a London office or a better way to do business. 

Adam will share his story and learnings on how he funded The Clubhouse with Angel funding and bank lending.

Alastair Stewart, Managing Director of etc.venues.


With initial private equity backing from Dunedin Capital Partners and secondary buyout backing from Growth Capital Partners, Alastair has grown etc.venues, the specialist city centre venue company, into one of the UK’s leading conference and event brands.

The business has quadrupled in size since 2006, hosting over 15,000 events in 2017 across 16 venues in London ,Birmingham and Manchester with the most recent opening at County Hall attracting significant attention for its bold scale.

Alastair was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of Year finalist in 2009 and again in 2013.

In 2017 The business was a named as one of the 1000 companies to Inspire Britain.

Alastair will share his experience of working with private equity (PE) investors, and give his advice for founders considering PE, how to optimize the relationship with PE, and how to gain value beyond investment.

Jamie Waller, CEO and Founder of Firestarters

Jamie was born in Bethnal Green, London and grew up as part of the Hackney charity for disadvantaged children, The Imps.

He left school at 16 with no qualifications and made his first million by the age of 22.

In 2016 and 2017, Jamie sold businesses that were valued at over £40m.

Jamie now holds a mixture of controlling and non-controlling equity stakes in many UK-based businesses and a large UK residential and commercial property portfolio.

Jamie will share his expertise on raising capital from both the side as an investee and as an investor.

Please arrive at 2:30pm for a 3pm start. Networking drinks will follow when the talk concludes at 4:30pm.

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