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TVB LEP holding event at O2 Slough for SME’s throughout the region

Berkshire, 18th May 2012. The Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP) announced today that it is to host a SME event on the 1st June at O2’s Headquarters in Slough. The Grow your Money and then Grow your Business event takes place from 8am to 10am, and will feature presentations from several business representatives and leaders. Louise Fellows, Head of Regional Development South East, for O2 said: “O2 is pleased to welcome Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and the local Thames Valley business community to our offices on the 1st June 2012 for the “Access to Finance” event. It’s hugely exciting to be working in partnership with the LEP and the local business community on this event to raise business confidence and be part of the community hub for economic regeneration in the Thames Valley.”

Tony O’Connor, MD of successful Berkshire business, British Eco, will chat to Sally Goodsell CEO of Finance South East, also Barney Quinn Business Angel will talk about investing in SMEs and Oxford Innovation will launch its new coaching programme for high growth businesses. TVB LEP is interested in helping SMEs find ways to access finance, reduce risk, and build business confidence. SME’s who are interested in attending the event are invited to register via the TVB LEP website. Register on the website at Grow your Money event page

The TVB LEP is also pleased to announce that it is looking for a SME champion to join the TVB LEP Board and become the Chair of the SME Forum.
Steve Lamb, Chair of the TVB LEP commented, “We are collaborating with SME’s across the Thames Valley region to build business confidence, and understand what opportunities and challenges SME’s face. We talk to businesses as much as possible, and some of them are telling us that access to finance and economic confidence can pose a problem, and we want to show SME’s the ways in which they can tackle these issues – there is a lot of help at hand. We may technically be back in recession, but Thames Valley Berkshire is

the engine of the UK economy, with many successful and growing companies, and we firmly believe it is the best place to live, work and do business.”
The TVB LEP has an SME Forum which meets and networks regularly, and individuals interested in applying for the Executive Chair of the SME Forum should be a real champion of business, SMEs and understand the specific needs and challenges those businesses may face. Expressions of interest should be directed to Deborah Wharton or alternatively come and talk to TVB LEP at the O2 event.

The TVB LEP is committed to ensuring that Thames Valley Berkshire remains the most enterprising area in the country, and maintains its competitive edge on the global stage by building on its already strong local economy. Through collaboration with business leaders, the skills and employment sector, the voluntary and community sector and local businesses, TVB LEP will further support economic growth by focusing on its three key goals of improving transport and communications infrastructure in the region, developing skills and education, and motivating and maintaining inward investment.
For more information on the TVB LEP, its key initiatives and how to get involved, please visit


About Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership

TVB LEP is business led and made up of key leaders across the business, education, the voluntary and community sector and six unitary authority areas of: Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor, and Maidenhead, and Wokingham. For more details of the membership of TVB LEP please visit the website Organisations interested in bidding for funds should contact Deborah Wharton or Richard Tyndall on 01628 796020. You can download a full briefing and FAQs document on Growing Places Fund via the website.

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