Prolific North Live: Speaker and content line-up revealed for Finance and Growth Hub

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by David Prior

Today we can announce the full line-up of speakers and the content sessions in the dedicated Finance and Growth Hub Theatre, to take place over both days of Prolific North Live.

Topics to be discussed and explored range from funding solutions for early stage and fast-growing companies to tax incentives, business angel finance, exporting guidance, collaboration and partnerships, closing sales and more specific support for companies working in digital, creative, film and TV.

A number of third party experts will also be engaging alongside Business Growth Hub specialists including government advisers, digital and creative companies, universities, trade bodies and regional support networks.

Business Growth Hub has teamed up with Prolific North and is proudly hosting the Finance & Growth Hub which features 10 workshops with the full programme below. Attendees at the show are welcome to drop into the Theatre for any of the 10 presentations over the two days.

And Business Growth Hub is also exhibiting at the event on stands 22/23 where personal one-to-one sessions will be available.

Well over 4,000 people have so far registered to attend the expo, which takes place at Event City in Trafford Park on February 15th and 16th 2017.

If you haven't already, you can guarantee your place now by registering for FREE here:


The Finance and Growth Hub at Prolific North Live, hosted by the Business Growth Hub

Day One: Wednesday 15 February

10:00 - 10:45 - The power of partnerships and collaboration - with The University of Manchester.

Speakers: Rick Watson, Business Growth Hub and Saq Rasul, University of Manchester

11:15 - 12:00 - Accessing finance for growth in digital and creative sectors.

Speakers: Phil Hargreaves, A2F, and Ian Dixon, Access to Finance Team Leader, Business Growth Hub

12:30 - 13:15 - Helping creative & digital companies get new customers to a "Yes".

Speakers: Sean Sankey of Form (We are Form) and Sallyann Betts, Business Growth Hub

13:45 - 14:30 - Business success for film and TV SMEs.

Speakers: Liz West, Creative England, TBC, Creative England and Brian Wilman

15:00 - 15:45 - Gaining more through tax incentives.

Speakers: Yvonne Grady, Innovation, Paul Halliday, Business Growth Hub and Russell McGrath, Jumpstart

Day two: Thursday 16 February

10:00 - 10:45 - The power of partnerships and collaboration.

Speakers: Yvonne Grady, Innovation, Joe Flanagan, Salford University and Dharma Nurse, Business Development Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

11:15 - 12:00 - What is Tech4good and how has it changed the investment landscape? 

Speakers: Emma Cheshire, DotForge, Matt Haworth, Reason Digital and Danyal Sattar, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

12:30 - 13:15 - Business Angels – investing in DCT.

The Business Angel initiative at BGH is widely acknowledged as one of the most initiatives of its type in the UK. Speakers: Phil Hargreaves, A2F and Steve Wall, Business Growth Hub

13:45 - 14:30 - E-Exporting: selling online internationally.

Lead speaker: Joe Darwen, Department of International Trade

15:00 - 15.45 - Getting your business off the ground – early stage funding for the digital and creative sector.

Lead speaker: Akshay Bhatnagar, Business Finance Solutions

Over 120 companies and organisations are already signed up to exhibit You can take a look at the full list of exhibitors and the floor plan here.

Broadcast, the UK’s leading national broadcast media platform and its sister operation, the Media Production Show, will lead two full days of outstanding speakers and great content as part of the Broadcast and Visual Media Theatre.

A total of 15 trade bodies - including the CIPR, IPA and IAB - have signed up to engage at the event.

And there will be a huge range of industry-leading speakers across Event City - click on the below links to find out more:


"There really was something for everyone": A review of the ProlificNorthLive expoAs a whole, Prolific North Live represents a truly unrivalled opportunity to generate new leads, expose your business to key decision makers and buyers, launch new products and services to a highly engaged audience, and presents a fantastic chance to network with customers and peers, discuss ideas and make new contacts and leads.

Even at this late stage, there are still a number of ways for businesses to become involved.

To find out how you can book a stand today and secure a prime location in the exhibition hall, please contact Dunstan Carter on 07940 423202 or by emailing

You can find out more information on our dedicated Prolific North Live site here.

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