‘Access To Finance’ YEN & LEP Event | September 28th 2017

View More: Events | 0
The Yorkshire Enterprise Network (YEN) have partnered with Leeds City Region (LEP) to host an exclusive 'Access to Finance' event on Thursday 28th September.

The event will feature prominent key speakers from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF), Department for International Trade (DIT), Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and NatWest. More details will be announced shortly.

You can register your attendance below. This event will be free to attend for all registered delegates.


Thursday 28th September 2017


18:00pm - 21:00pm


Cedar Court Hotel Bradford
Rooley Lane, BD5 8HW

Speaker Profiles

Melissa LiburdMelissa has over 14 years’ experience working in the public sector in a range of service areas including health, safety and well-being, employee relations and learning and development. In 2013 she made the transition to economic development and business support with a focus on pre-start and early stage businesses.

Melissa now works for the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership as the Service Manager for the Business Growth Service. The service has supported over 3000 businesses to date to access a range of grants and training, recruit apprentices, and connect with a range of experts and partner organisations since its launch in 2015.

Stephen is an International Trade Advisor and Food and Drink Specialist with the Department for International Trade and leads on overseas trade missions across the world. Along with organising DIT driven trade shows including Best of British and GREAT Products, he provides export guidance and assistance to Northern Powerhouse based companies and facilitates foreign embassy introductions to Yorkshire based companies.

He was previously a Non-Executive Director VisitYork and an Independent Board Member North Yorkshire Police Authority.

Faisal works as the Relationship Manager, NatWest Business Banking, Bradford, with a portfolio of 150 SME clients who have a turnover between £500k - £2m per annum and borrowing commitments of up to £500k.

Faisal supports local businesses by conducting Financial Health Checks, to meet financial requirements through a range of banking products and services. This includes owner-occupied commercial property loans, Real Estate Finance, Asset Finance, Invoice Finance and a number of other tailor-made services.

With 15 years experience at NatWest, Faisal has a strong presence within Bradford’s local Business and professional community. By regularly attending local community and business events Faisal is well recognised by Bradford SME’s as the “GO TO” Bank Manager in the City.

I have over 20 years experience in business banking. I have a portfolio of SME's turning over 500k to £2 million with borrowing needs up to £500k. I am looking to grow my business by referrals & help businesses grow by providing the right funding options. I deliver on my promises and provide an excellent level of customer service. I support businesses in North & West Yorkshire. I recently completed the Certificate in Business Banking Practice 2 from The Chartered Institute of Bankers.

I am an Ambassador for women in business at NatWest and co founder of a networking group that meets quarterly called women@work.

Following a 30yr Banking career, & possibly one of the last “old-style” Bank Branch Managers, Business Managers, & Staff managers, Jeremy’s career experience, knowledge & passion for lending, found his way to Business Enterprise Fund where he now lends to the very clients that are often turned down by mainstream banks.

He loves to connect good people, & share their skillsets to find collaborative solutions. With a personal passion for coaching & fundraising for children`s sports-clubs & charities, he has been a club chairman, worked as a coach mentor for The FA, North Yorkshire Sport, & YMCA, & has been lucky enough to mentor, advise & coach children`s sports both in the U.K. & in America.

So if you can catch him amongst all this busy schedule, he is a useful man to know & always keen to add value wherever that may be, to your project.

Register your FREE attendance below:

About the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

We unlock the Leeds City Region’s vast economic potential by enabling businesses to grow and develop. We work with partners across the public and private sectors with the goal of stimulating growth that will create jobs and prosperity for everyone who lives, works and does business here.

We develop strategy and policy that’s aimed at meeting both the current and the future needs of our region’s economy. We also deliver projects that support businesses and accelerate growth. Our work spans the entire Leeds City Region



We promote and represent the whole of the City Region’s interests to influence government policy-making and attract talent and investment to the region.


We enable businesses to thrive and create jobs by ensuring they have the tools they need to grow.


By working in partnership with businesses, councils and other organisations, we are developing an even more prosperous City Region for everyone who lives and works here.

Share On:

Leave a Reply