Hive Group – Finance for Business Free Workshops

Hive is delighted to announce the first in a series of  “Finance for Business” Free of charge workshops.

First event taking place on Friday 6th December 2013, starting at 10am. 


Accrol Papers, Roman Road, Blackburn BB1 2LD

This will be of particular interest and benefit to those organisations in need of funding for growth. 

To book at place at the event, please email Clare Kinsey at Napthens (, or call 01254 686207. 

Numbers for each event are limited so please book ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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The Hive is a new group of business leaders working together to inspire prosperity across Blackburn and Darwen.

The workshops are being organised by Hive’s Founder members:

David Sharpe of Pierce Chartered Accountants

Jamie Allison of Napthens Solicitors

Mark Gardiner of RBS.

The format, for all the planned events, will comprise a panel of finance providers and advisors, each with their own particular expertise and funding type. We want to make sure that businesses in our immediate area understand what is available in the market place and how to access those fund providers – our aim is part of the philosophy of making Blackburn with Darwen a more prosperous and successful area in which to trade and maintain business growth.

The panel members will represent organisations who provide a blend of different funding options: for example:

  • traditional bank lending
  • asset based lending
  • venture capital funding
  • grant based support.

The December event will include speakers from:

Royal Bank of Scotland

GE Commercial Finance

Enterprise Ventures

FW Capital

Regenerate Pennine Lancashire.

The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session following brief presentations from the invited guest speakers. Each event will be planned for a 2 hour period with the opportunity for 1-2-1 sessions after the presentations and Q&As.


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Members of the Hive Network or visitors to the site may find the following information useful. Whilst this is by no means a definitive list, please be aware that the links below will take you to external websites and all open in a new window.

Business support

Grants for business growth (new and existing companies)

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (business support)

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

UK Trade and Investment (North West) 

Federation of Small Businesses

Local business news

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Business View

Visit Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Visitors Website