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The Midlands Investor Network Group is holding a second “Showcasing and Networking” event on Wednesday 18th May at 6.30pm.
The evening will, again be at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, 4th Floor, 2, St Philips Place, Birmingham, B3 2RB at 6.30pm. We will showcase between 6 and 8 business opportunities. We can outline some of those businesses already and have a very brief outline of some of the opportunities available below.
To attend the event, please contact Christine Gilligan T: 0121 236 3317 E: email@example.com. We are requesting a £10 fee to cover the costs of the event, however, at the previous event all funds were donated to the Birmingham Acorns Children’s Hospice.
We already have a number of businesses who are working with us to attend the event and promote their businesses for future investment. As we intend to continue with the event being held seasonally throughout 2011 and beyond, both in Birmingham and in other Midlands cities, we would welcome more businesses looking for investment to be part of future events. Our founding group meet regularly to review new businesses and this is an on-going process so current business plans and presentations are very welcome to be submitted for review.
The businesses that we have accepted so far include the following exciting opportunities:
Medical device opportunity
This company has developed a lightweight patient carrying system to carry patients through body scanners. The innovative board allows the scan to be carried out for 360 degree review with limited interference from the board itself.
Branded Footwear Online Retailer
This company has established itself as the largest independent retailer of footwear online, having been one of the first-movers in the sector back in 1999. The company now benefits from an extensive product portfolio that includes some of the most sought after names in the branded footwear market.
The company has been heavily active in Europe and plans to exploit the emerging online EU market.
App Gaming Business
Developing games for App use for I Phone, Windows and Android formats, this new business is launching its first game. The owners/developers have come from a gaming background, having worked for larger gaming businesses.
File Encryption Key Business
The company has developed and patented a unique key system that encrypts computer files with a secure encryption system and algorithm. This is being developed to allow cloud and internet applications to replace the need for passwords but ensure significantly improved file security.
Toothbrush Cleaning and Storage System
The company has designed a unique and stylish toothbrush storage system that both stores, cleans and sterilises the toothbrush.
The business has developed an educational family darts game and already has the interest of Tesco as a retail outlet. To promote the game, the business has also the support of former world’s darts champion, Phil “The Power” Taylor.
Classical Crossover music project album and tour
This entertainment opportunity is a cross-over classical music project bringing together a young soprano with the writers of the music of Lord of the Dance. The project takes classical music and interprets the pieces into modern dance and ballad tracks, mixing modern key board with a world famous violinist. The project has part completed an album and is looking to both complete the album and commence a UK tour.
Steven Mugglestone BA FCA
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Midlands Investor Network Launch with a Song and Dance
A group of banking, finance and business professionals working together as The Midlands Investor Network launchedthis month, literally with a song and dance in Birmingham at the main offices of RBS/Nat West at St Phillips Square, which as the area director for RBS jokes as is also known as the bank at the back of Rackhams.
The Network has been put together by Steven Mugglestone, West Midlands Area Director of McGregors Corporate, the midlands based firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, in order to give growing SME owner managed business an opportunity to pitch their businesses to potential angel and private equity investors. The Network also includes RBS, Else Solicitors based in Birmingham and Burton, Citizen Corporate Finance based in Nottingham, BA Capital based in London and MidvenVenture Capital based Birmingham. The event saw seven growing businesses from new technology start-up businesses through to established west midlands based engineering and manufacturing businesses looking to European expansion,pitching their plans to an audience of business angels and venture capital organisations together with their professional advisers.
One of the ventures was the opportunity to invest in a new musical looking to secure funding to establish a West End run. Mod Crop, the Musical contains well known songs from the sixties and has been written by the creator of Quadrophenia, and has already been seen by sell-out crowds at the Nottingham Theatre Royal. As an addition to their pitch, the show’s co-writer and producer, Steve Wallis, brought part of the cast and a group of musicians along to round up the presentations with excepts of songs and scenes from the show, with a finale of songs including Gimme’ Some Lovin’. The midlands head office of a national bank may have appeared to be an unusual setting, but the evening was a welcome song and dance alternative to routine business and financial issues.
The launch proved to be a success and a platform for future events in Birmingham and elsewhere in the midlands, with interest being shown in the businesses for future potential investment from the business angels and venture capital/private equity organisations within the audience. Steven Mugglestone of McGregors Corporate said, “We are very pleased that the event has gone down exceedingly well indeed. The presentations from all of the businesses were very well delivered and well received and we have had really good initial feedback. As well as interest being shown in the presenting businesses, I have also been approached by representatives of businesses and business angels groups wishing to put businesses forward as well as other equity investors wishing to be part of the network and future events. The team at Nat West/RBS have been fantastic in supporting the event and providing the venue and catering and they have already told me that they are very keen to promote and host another event in the Spring time. All in all, I think everyone enjoyed themselves, which for business and finance isn’t always the order of the day. I also believe that there will be some real positive outcomes for the businesses presenting at the first event.”
Businesses pitching at the first event included a company who have developed a system that refuels gas powered cars from mainssupply gas; a company that has developed a UV light cured car body filler; an award winningmanufacturing company that adapts small cars for wheelchair access and use; a company that has developed a system for doctors surgeries to control and monitor their referrals to the NHS; a rugby leisure clothing brand; anonline radio station for the over 40s and Mod Crop The Musical. All of these businesses are also being assisted by Citizen Corporate Finance, http://www.mycitizen.co.uk in their current and future search for funding.
Businesses or investors wishing to be part of the Network and future events being organised should contact Steven Mugglestone at McGregors Corporate on 0121 236 3317 or visit their website,www.mcgregorscorporate.co.uk,for other contact details and further information.
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