25-Mar-20: Access to Finance Fair

Date(s) - Wed 25-Mar-20
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Dartington Hall


Devon and Plymouth Chamber is hosting a free Access to Finance Fair on Wednesday 25 March from 8am to 3pm at Dartington Hall, Totnes.

Challenges of finance

Accessing finance is one of the single largest issues facing ambitious businesses and social enterprises in the South West. And ensuring your business plans are ready to apply for investment successfully is often the biggest hurdle. The world of finance is complicated and often overwhelming.

Event aims

This event aims to unravel some of the complex routes to commercial investment through a series of educational and impartial seminars throughout the day, as well as information and advice from a wide range of exhibitors from across the finance and investment sectors.

Event supporters

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and the Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce recognise the importance of accessing the right financial support and information and are all supporting this fair.

New funding routes

Historical funding routes have changed, with high street banks operating under new lending guidelines and new entrants offering a range of viable alternative options. However, the market can still be very confusing to businesses. As the percentage of businesses with appropriately qualified finance directors is small, it has been increasingly difficult for smaller growing businesses to identify appropriate sources of financial investment, with the financial articulation of requirements and projection of impact falling largely upon third parties, such as accountants.

Event sponsors

The event is sponsored by Western Union and run by Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and partners, who are providing a platform for key professionals from the finance, investment and accountancy sectors to educate and inform businesses on how to source finance in today’s economy.


Exhibitors will include US global financial and communications company Western Union, which will be hosting a seminar; South West-based commercial finance broker Start Point Finance, which will also be presenting; Barclays, which provides a range of banking and financial services for businesses of all sizes; SWIG Finance, which provides viable SMEs and start-ups with access to finance through dedicated business loan funds in the South West; and Balance for Business, a Plymouth-based commercial financial broker which has sourced £200 million for clients in the past five years.


Entry to this event is free.

Contact 01752 220471 or visit devonchamber.co.uk/events.