Why settle for Bronze when the Gold is out there?

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The Great Hall
There is no charge to attend this conference, though early registration is advised.

Wednesday 7 November 2012, 9am – 1pm


Queen’s University Belfast University Road Belfast BT7 1NN


An invitation to a morning of presentations and discussion


Please confirm your attendance with Brenda Carabine.


Tel: 028 9097 1153


Why settle for Bronze when the Gold is out there?

07th November 2012

Why settle for Bronze when the Gold is out there?
Exploring funding options essential for your company’s growth
There are some great companies across Northern Ireland held back from reaching their potential due to the lack of readily available finance. Perhaps your company is one of them?
One of the dangers is that we settle for second best and resign ourselves to remaining static, blaming the economic fallout and general recession on the banks. However, the truth is that various options do exist out there, beyond the conventional banking solution, which can help you secure the finance necessary to take your company to the next level. We are working in unconventional times, and as such, there is no better time to introduce more creativity and sharing of knowledge to identify new solutions to the problems we face.
As a result, QUBIS and the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s have organised a morning’s event to initiate open discussion among the senior management of Northern Ireland's leading businesses and to explore different ways of raising that essential funding to underpin your company’s growth. The talks and advice on offer may help you to develop an optimum funding strategy, essential to delivering the growth ambitions for your company.
The senior keynote business speakers will address these issues in brief presentations:
- the need for Northern Ireland to have a vibrant and well capitalised commercial sector and future proofing your funding strategy (CBI / Tughans)

- alternative sources of capital, including private equity and venture capital (Deloitte)
- the virtues and vices of listed equity capital and corporate bonds (Shore Capital Stockbrokers)
- the process of public markets (The London Stock Exchange – LSE & AIM)
securing alternative sources of finance to underpin company growth (Michael Black, Aepona Finance Director and Consilium Chairman relays his experience)

the challenges and advantages of listing on the Stock Exchange (Dr Hugh Cormican, CEO Cirdan Imaging and founder / former Andor plc CEO shares his experience).

The event is not intended to be an extended lecture. Instead, it is expected that the business leaders attending will spark a lively debate around the content of the presentations delivered by those on the finance front line. There will be time for engagement with all six presenters during a Q&A Panel session, as well as opportunities to further debate funding options over a mid-morning coffee break and sandwiches provided over lunchtime.
This morning event will give you opportunities to share your own experience with others, challenge the views of our speakers and leave with fresh ideas on how to tackle a real problem around access to finance.
Northern Ireland businesses should aim for gold - why settle for second best?
Register today to attend this timely event. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. Contact: Brenda Carabine
The keynote speakers will be senior representatives from:
- CBI / Tughans

- Deloitte

- The London Stock Exchange

- Shore Capital Stockbrokers

- Dr Hugh Cormican (Cirdan Imaging Ltd) and

- Michael Black (Aepona Ltd)

A Q&A Panel will be chaired by Frank Bryan, QUBIS Ltd


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