SFB are supporting organisation for women

The SFB Group has become sponsors of a ladies’ professional development organisation.

SFB are a bronze sponsor of LadiesFirst Professional Development, a support network aimed at businesswomen across the region.

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The network was launched earlier this year by lifelong friends Lisa Kennedy and Julie Richardson to provide an all-inclusive platform for women’s professional development.

Cheryl Stanley, Marketing Manager at SFB, said: “Many of our clients are women running their own businesses and we admire Ladies First’s ethos around providing an inclusive and supportive network for Warwickshire businesswomen.”

Julie Richardson, Director of LadiesFirst said: “We are delighted to have secured the sponsorship from SFB who share our vision to support women in business. The sponsorship will help us to deliver a series of monthly events for our members attracting a high calibre of speaker.”

“Our mission is to make LadiesFirst events all-inclusive and meaningful. Our guests will be able to network and establish contacts with people who can make a difference to their businesses.”

The next LadiesFirst event, on Wednesday, 15th October, is headlined ‘Feel Good on the Inside, Look Great on the Outside.’ It takes place at Nailcote Hall, Berkswell and will include speeches by celebrity make-up artist Ariane Poole and nutritionist Sarah Grant.

For more information please contact:
Lisa Kennedy
07775 548426


Julie Richardson
07852 347833

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Wednesdays Hinckley Info2Grow Event was a huge success!

Around 60 business people from Hinckley and the surrounding area came together for the third Leicestershire Info2Grow business growth event.

Local chartered accountants Stewart, Fletcher & Barrett (SFB), Lloyds Bank, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, LDJ Solicitors, the Hinckley BID and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) organised the event which took place on 10th September at The Green Rooms in Hinckley.

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Themed as ‘Access2Finance’, delegates were treated to four presentations. Narinder Singh Pooni outlined the grant funding available through the Leicester & Leicestershire Economic Partnership. Jackie Ledger spoke of ways the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce could help local businesses. Alan Ison of Lloyds Bank reiterated that the banks ARE lending, with Lloyds proud statistic of lending to 8 out of 10 businesses. Finally Kevin Bragg informed the audience of the financial support the Federation of Small Businesses could offer.



The event also provided a valuable networking session, with many delegates meeting a number of new business contacts.

Shelley Harvey, Director of SFB Hinckley and Chair of Hinckley Info2Grow said: “Hinckley is an exciting place to do business. We are pleased the event gave delegates the chance to hear about the wide range of grants and funding that is available to help their businesses to prosper and grow.



If you are interested in receiving details about future Info2Grow events, please telephone Cheryl Stanley at SFB on (01455) 633966 or email events@sfb.uk.com.





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SFB host Chamber networking event

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On Wednesday, SFB hosted a networking event for the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. The event attracted around 50 delegates and was held at SFB’s new head office on Townsend Drive, Nuneaton.

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The networking event was extremely successful and provided the ideal opportunity for SFB to showcase its new office and conference facilities.

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The next Hinckley Business Event

The next Hinckley Business Event is on Tuesday 23rd September 2014.


Enjoy dinner in the company of representatives of other local businesses. During the course of the evening there will be presentations on:
• The Crescent (Bus Station) Development now taking shape in Hinckley’s town centre
• The Grant Funding which is currently available to help your business grow and develop the skills of you and your employees
• How SME’s can make best use of Superfast Broadband.

Music is by local guitarist Nigel Beck.

The evening will finish with an entertaining talk by entrepreneur Dean Walton of Mask-arade.

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Coventry based business Maskarade were recently awarded FSB’s Real-Life Entrepreneur of the year. Within 4 years this start-up business has achieved great success via a guerrilla marketing plan and by offering a unique, quality and expanding product range – all of this was done during a recession and after being laughed out of the Dragons Den! Hear how Dean and his fellow directors proved the TV Dragons wrong and Dean will also be bringing some of his stunning and amusing masks for you to try on.

Date: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Place: Sketchley Grange Hotel – Grove Suite
Time: 18.00 (registration) to 21.00 PM
Tickets: £30 pp (but current HBA Members receive 2 “free” places)

To book places for you and your guests email Julie Statham on 01455 633 966 or by emailing events@sfb.uk.com
Please advise us of any special dietary requirements at time of booking.

For more information about the Hinckley Business Association or the event please contact Peter Williams on 01455 630 790 or visit the website – http://www.hinckleybusiness.co.uk

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FREE EVENT! – Discover the ways to access finance for your business!

Info2Grow: “Access to Finance” – Is a FREE Business & Networking Event which is being held on Wednesday 10th September 2014, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm at the Green Rooms, Masonic Hall in Hinckley

The event will cover:
• Crowd funding
• Growth Accelerator
• Business grants
• Bank finance
• Growth Vouchers
• Business loans
• Capital grants
• Peer to peer lending
• Innovation vouchers

If you would like to register to attend the event, or require further details, please email events@sfb.uk.com.


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Pride of Hinckley & Nuneaton Awards 2014

SFB’s Managing Director Paul Carvell has been nominated for Business Person of the Year at the 2014 Pride of Hinckley & Nuneaton Awards.

The awards, which are held on Friday 19th September 2014 at the Hinckley Island Hotel, celebrate the best achievements in business and the community. In the presence of the ‘who’s who’ of Hinckley & Nuneaton, the prestigious awards we be presented to individuals, community organisations and businesses with truly inspirational stories.

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Coventry Telegraph Golf Day

The SFB Group were proud to support the Coventry Telegraph Golf Day yesterday.

Taking part at Warwickshire’s Nailcote Hall and hailed a huge success by local business leaders, it was an excellent event which we were delighted to be a part of.


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