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This seminar has now taken place. If you are interested in hearing more about future 'Finance Available for Plastics Firms' events please email

This workshop style seminar is aimed at UK based plastics firms and brings together a select collection of expert speakers to cover key funding opportunities. 

This seminar will cover the main government led financial initiatives to assist UK based manufacturers including R&D Tax Credits, finance available for exporters, funding for training and energy efficiency financing.  In addition the seminar will feature presentations on funding growth from expert speakers from The Business Growth Fund and Barclays Corporate.

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Seminar Programme:

10.00    Registration and Coffee

Session 1 - Government Funding

10.25    Chairmans Introductions (Phillip Law, British Plastics Federation)

10.30    R&D Tax Credits - Are you missing out? (Jeremy Tear, GGTC)

  • Overview of R&D Tax Credits and dispelling the myths
  •  What you could be entitled to?

11.00    Financial Support Available to UK Exporters (Sabe Tibbetts, UK Trade & Investment)

  • TAP and SOLO Grants for trade show exhibitors
  •  Introduction to the Passport to Export Scheme
  • Market Visit Support, Gateway to Global Growth & Export Market Research Scheme
  • Export Credit Guarantees – what are they and how do they work?

11.30    Tea/Coffee Break

11.45    Funding For Innovation (Dr John Morlidge, Technology Strategy Board)

  • Overview of the role of the Technology Strategy Board
  • Different routes to funding
  • Applicable competitions currently

 12.15    Energy Efficiency Financing (Michael Charalambous, Carbon Trust and Siemens)

  • An overview of the Carbon Trust energy efficiency expertise
  • Rising energy prices & the energy efficiency/savings opportunity for UK plastics industry
  • Energy efficiency financing delivered by Carbon Trust and Siemens
  • Helping prove the business case for energy efficiency

12.45    Networking Lunch

13.30    Funding Available for Training (Charmaine Bowers, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre)

  • What funding is available and how can I get it?
  • Money available for apprenticeship schemes & funding for polymer qualifications
  • Manufacturing Advisory Service - What is being made available for SME’s?

14.00    Maximising The Impact of Finance For Your Business Growth (Gareth Davies, G2 Innovation)

  • Where do I find funding for my business?
  • A question of scale: the funding landscape
  • How Funding Can Accelerate Innovation in My Company ?

14.30    Panel Discussion on Government Funding

15.00    Tea/Coffee Break

Session 2 - Financing Growth

15.15    Financing Growth (Mark Bryant, Business Growth Fund Plc)

  • How your company could benefit from growth capital
  • Introduction to the Business Growth Fund
  • Ensuring the correct capital structure for growth


 15.45  Banking Overview (Phil Bidwell, Barclays Corporate)

  • Overview of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Schemes 
  • Current issues in banking and availability of funding
  • Trends in the financing of facilities

16.15  Round up and close

BPF Members £100.00 + VAT
Affiliate Members £200.00 + VAT
Non BPF Members £250.00 + VAT




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