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IoD Cumbria | Finance for start ups to multinationals

05 Sep 2019
Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre, Carlisle

IoD Cumbria welcomes Grant Peggie from the British Business Bank for this insightful workshop on financing. After a welcome from IoD Cumbria Chair, Barry Leahey MBE, Grant will offer his wealth of knowledge to explain the finance options available to Cumbria based businesses through the British Business Bank’s programmes no matter its size or structure.

Attendees will also get to hear from other speakers, including a real life case study from Stuart MacLennan of Appleby Creamery who has benefited from the £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The deal marks NPIF’s first large debt investment from FW Capital to back a Cumbrian business since the fund was launched to support small and medium-sized businesses across the North of England.

Miranda Kirschel MBE, Client Executive at EY and Board Member of the Cumbria LEP, will discuss the LEP’s purpose, strategy, approach to delivery, and priorities for the county. Miranda will also cover the rationale for the newly created role of Head of Business and Innovation and the key areas of focus. Along with funding streams that exist for startups and scale ups in the county? And available support from LEP to access these and other support

After the speeches, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in a panel discussion and will close with a networking lunch. 

We'd love to see you there!

Key details

Date & time: 05 Sep 2019 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre, Carlisle
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Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
Contact email:
[email protected]


10:30 Welcome from Barry Leahey MBE, IoD Cumbria Chair and Managing Director of Playdale Playgrounds

10:45 Grant Peggie, Director - Venture Capital at The British Business Bank

11:05 Stuart MacLennan, Chief Executive Officer at Cows and Co Energy Ltd

11:25 Miranda Kirschel MBE, Head of Business and Innovation at Cumbria LEP

Panel discussion 

12:00 Networking lunch

12:30 Event closes


Grant Peggie
Director - Venture Capital Solutions
British Business Bank

A Director in the Venture Capital Team at the British Business Bank, Grant has led the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund , the Midlands Engine Investment Fund and the new Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund. Previously he led the Bank’s work on regional finance including Finance Yorkshire and North East Finance. Before joining the Bank he was Head of Strategic Partnerships at Innovate UK where he was responsible for better connecting innovation and business support for innovative, high growth companies.

Stuart MacLennan
Cows and Co Group 

Stuart MacLennan has brought together two key features of the UK rural economy to create the Cows & Co Group.

Following the purchase of a small industrial park by the board members of Cows and Co Group, this presented a perfect location for the much-needed new site for Appleby Creamery.  The business identified the need to create ability to expand capacity as well as create ability to develop complimentary lines of business in the future.

As with many SME’s we have the location, the market, the model, the team, but as ever access to capital was the main challenge. Through an introduction, they met with  FW Capital and there began our the journey to gaining investment in the business with what can best be described as catalyst capital to ACL at that key time.

Miranda Kirschel MBE
Head of Business and Innovation
Cumbria LEP

Miranda represents the Cumbria LEP on their Business and Innovation agendas. She has a wealth of experience in helping businesses develop their growth strategies, delivering senior roles in Advisory and Business Development at EY (Ernst and Young), with a focus most recently supporting the growth and innovation of companies across multiple sectors in the North West. She previously developed Stakeholder Engagement and Socioeconomic strategies for Cumbria with industry-leading engineering firms.

Miranda is part of the founding team of WiN (Women in Nuclear) Cumbria, and is a champion of diversity, keen to develop sectoral networks to influence government and local businesses on diversity issues. She is passionate about the opportunity to build on the existing assets of Cumbria to see the county and its people and productivity thrive.



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  • Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre
  • University of Cumbria
  • Fusehill Street
  • Carlisle
  • CA1 2HH

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