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Tees Valley Business Club: All you need to know about the British Business Bank and Equity Funding!

18th July 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The BRITISH BUSINESS BANK – unlocking Finance for Smaller businesses

The British Business Bank is a government-owned financial institution. It drives economic growth by making finance markets work better for smaller businesses in the UK, allowing those businesses to prosper and grow.

There are limited places for this event so early booking is recommended.

Running order for the evening is as follows (note the earlier start time):

5.30pm Registration with tea and coffee served
6.00pm Welcome and introduction from TVBC
6.05pm Introduction to the British Business Bank by Mark Wilcockson, Senior Relationship Manager and presentation by Simon Crabtree, Mercia Technology
7.15pm Summer Supper BBQ and informal networking
8.30pm Close

Speaker Biogs

Mark Wilcockson –  Senior Relationship Manager UK Network, British Business Bank

Mark is the British Business Banks Relationship manager for Yorkshire Humberside and the Tees Valley.  His core responsibilities include ensuring SME’s are aware of the alternative sources of finance and ensuring the role of the British Business bank is understood in the SME finance Market. Mark is also the Relationship Manager for the Northern powerhouse Investment Fund with responsibility for ensuring the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund is delivered across the Yorkshire and Humberside and Tees Valley Areas.  Working alongside the Fund Managers his key role is to ensure the fund is promoted and understood across the Region and that businesses access the funding to allow them to grow and achieve their ambitions.

Simon Crabtree – Investment Manager, Mercia Technology

Simon joined Mercia Technology in 2017 and is a member of the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team. He is focused on identifying and delivering investments from NPIF Equity and is the primary contact in the Tees Valley and Humber regions. He supports a growing number of investments in these areas.

Previous experience – Simon is from the materials and petrochemical industry, having held positions in Johnson Matthey and Davy Process Technology. This has included team management and leadership roles in research and development, technology licensing and technology consulting, which led to a number of patented commercialised processes for catalyst recovery, natural product conversion and bulk petrochemical manufacture; more recently operations, manufacturing excellence, and strategy development. Simon has a science and technology background with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Durham.


Member invitations will be issued by direct email.

Guest booking: We enable six guests to attend each of our events. If you have not attended one of our events in the past, and would like to come to an event to find out if the club is something you would like to be part of, you will be able to register your place on a future event, please get in touch info@teesvalleybusinessclub.co.uk for further information. All places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

All places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Full event detail to be confirmed.


18th July 2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Rockliffe Hall, The Rockliffe Suite
Hurworth Place, North Yorkshire DL2 2DU United Kingdom
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