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LATi Bar : Meet the Funders

November 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn about the funding and support available to businesses in Charnwood and the East Midlands area.

It costs money to innovate and grow successful businesses. Within Leicestershire and the East Midlands there is a wealth of support and funding available for companies to access. This can be for capital equipment, innovation, job creation, apprenticeships and growth capital.

LATI is running a “Meet the Funder” event at the Organ Grinder in Loughborough on Thursday the 7th of November where you can find out from a host of business support organisations – what they offer and what grants they have.

We are delighted that a number of local funding bodies will be joining us, including Medilink, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)  and innovate2succeed.

Sam Stephens of TBAT InnovationSam Stephens of TBAT Innovation will provide an update on funding from Innovate UK and HMRC R&D Tax Credits.

Sam Stephens founded TBAT in 2002, as a broad based consultancy supporting the SME sector. Over the next five years TBAT evolved into the innovation driving enterprise it is today! Focusing on helping companies throughout the cradle to grave of new product and process innovation.

Sam started his  career at Rolls-Royce Aerospace as a graduate and manufacturing engineer before moving across to Rolls Royce and Associates as a Development and Project Engineer. Four great years designing and implementing repairs to the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet delivered a wealth of engineering and an appreciation of real-life deployments of new technology in demanding environments. Three years project management of gas turbine development and test at Alstom further expanded his skill set and knowledge.   Now, Sam heads up Business Development and R&D Tax Credits at TBAT.

Jeff Mallows, Senior Business Advisor at innovate2succeed will cover how the innovate2succeed programme is designed to scale up your company. Jeff says that bringing ground breaking ideas to market, attracting investment, embracing international opportunities and scaling up can be challenging. innovate2succeed helps you nurture innovation more effectively, rapidly commercialise concepts and grow your bottom line.

During an engineering career of almost 30 years, Jeff worked for manufacturing companies in sectors ranging from consumer products to scientific instruments, and has led the development of a number of product innovations from concept through to production on national and international projects. Jeff possesses both technical and business qualifications including an MBA and also holds vocational qualifications in Engineering Management, Project Management and Lean Six Sigma.

Victoria Patel – Project Leader- Innovation at Medilink East Midlands will cover the support available under the ERDF-funded SOLSTICE programme for Life Science companies in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Victoria has extensive experience delivering business support to Leicestershire businesses and also has hands-on experience of growing a successful, innovative business. Roles at the Business Gateway Growth Hub and the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership have given Victoria a strong local network and she is now the main contact for SoLSTICE at Medilink East Midlands.

About LATi Bar

LATi Bar is a regular meet-up in Loughborough – giving you the opportunity to meet with your industry peers and talk about business topics that matter to you.

You can expect great business conversations in a relaxed and informal atmosphere!

No two LATi Bar meets are the same.

Join the conversation

  • Talk about issues that are important to you in business
  • Contribute to the conversation and share your learning
  • Gain insights you wouldn’t get from a formal presentation
  • Hear how local businesses do things
  • Get a different perspective on business issues


November 7
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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01509 225833


Organ Grinder
4 Woodgate
Loughborough, LE11 2TY United Kingdom
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