Business Start-up and Entrepreneurs @ ICM, Darwin Conference Room

Business Start-up and Entrepreneurs @ ICM, Darwin Conference Room

  • Date: 17.05.2017
  • Start time: 16:30
  • End time: 19:00

Are you setting up in business? Are you a young or not so young entrepreneur? Are you involved in mentoring and business support to innovators and start-ups?

Gullands Solicitors and McCabe Ford Williams Chartered Accountants are holding a free seminar on the legal and  financial essentials of setting up in business.We will also hear from some of Kent’s brightest young entrepreneurs on how they are building and growing successful businesses.

Hear our speakers then join in an open forum to ask our panel your new business questions and share their experience and knowledge.Afterwards chat to the speakers and your local team from Metro Bank informally over free refreshments.

Time: 4.30pm registration and refreshments

5pm: Sarah Astley, Gullands Solicitors, – Different legal entities for doing business and why and when to incorporate?

McCabe Ford Williams, Leigh Jones – A Beginners guide to starting in business.Why early groundwork can make all the difference and how to hit the ground running.

Duncan Simmons, Metro Bank, Financing a new business, attracting investment and how best to approach your bank

5.45pm: Danielle Usherwood, Kent’s Food and Farming Entrepreneur 2017 – Case study of a new business.

6.00pm: Panel discussion and questions

6.15pm: Drinks and networking

7pm: Close

Venue: Darwin Conference Room, Innovation Centre Medway, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, ME5 9FD


Sarah Astley, Associate, Gullands Solicitors

Sarah Astley is an Associate at Gullands Solicitors and is a highly experienced commercial and corporate solicitor with expertise in dealing with a wide range of complex transactional documentation, including:

• Shareholder Agreements
• Contracts for the supply of goods and services
• Franchise Agreements
• Terms and Conditions
• Distribution and Agency Agreements
• Joint Venture Agreements
• Employee Bene ts
• Acquisition and disposal of businesses and shares
• Negotiating complex documents

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Leigh Jones, FCCA, Partner, McCabe Ford Williams

Leigh trained with MFW after joining the  rm in 2004 and quali ed with the Association of Chartered Certi ed Accountants in 2009.

Leigh has gained vast experience across many business sectors from working across a number of of ces within the rm before becoming a Partner based at MFW Herne Bay. He works with a wide variety of clients providing advice on all aspects of accounting, taxation and business development.

Leigh specialises in owner managed businesses and audit work, where he provides key advice in both the structuring and development of the business. He prides himself on his professional and friendly approach that has seen him form key relationships with many clients who value his advice and input.

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Duncan Simmons, Area Director, Metro Bank

Duncan is Area Director for Metro Bank in Kent. He joined Metro Bank in July 2013 after a 27 year career with HSBC and Barclays during which time he was a relationship director for numerous businesses ranging from start-up SME’s to large Corporates.
Duncan leads a team of over 100 colleagues and takes pride in inspiring and nurturing colleagues to help customers each and every day.

The team at Metro Bank are passionate about supporting business customers through top notch customer service. Every Metro Bank store has a Local Director and Local Business Manager who look after customers in the traditional way – face to face, in store, by phone or at your premises.

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