Inspiring Growth

Alternative ways to take your business to the next level
22nd March 2017
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

This event is organised by

The Scotsman Conferences

For SMEs in Scotland, the transformation from an early-stage to a mature and successful business can be extremely challenging.

With traditional debt and equity funding difficult to access for young companies, alternative finance – usually sourced through crowdfunding platforms – is increasingly being used to drive forward businesses with high-growth ambitions. One of the broader challenges is matching businesses with investors to plug gaps in both the supply and demand of finance to support SME growth.

This event – targeted at established businesses looking to scale up – will hear from a range of experts about the benefits of alternative finance. It will also look at a wider range of issues affecting SMEs, including exports, e-commerce and how to overcome the variety of challenges facing businesses wanting to scale up. The ultimate aim is to help them compete in UK and international markets.

Business Women Scotland: The Live Event

23rd March 2017
Principal Edinburgh Hotel, George Street, Edinburgh

This event is organised by

Business Women Scotland Magazine


#BWSLiveEvent helps promote women in business and those looking to set up their own company. We have talks and discussions, focusing on organisational development, managing culture and change, coaching and leadership development. We will talk to some women that have climbed the career ladder and will share the obstacles they have overcome.

The time is right for women to be able to fully take up their role in organisations, responding to the Scottish Government’s 50/50 by 2020 initiative for board gender balance.

  • The #BWSLiveEvent is aimed at women in management, leadership or professional advisor roles within organisations, and women running their own businesses, new or established.
  • #BWSLiveEvent helps to encourage a pipeline of women to take the next step up in their careers.
  • #BWSLiveEvent is an engaging event and helps to develop women as they prepare to move into leadership roles, developing leadership capability for your career or for you to manage others in your own new business.
  • #BWSLiveEvent is a one day event, with informative speakers and discussions, offering women the opportunity to learn together and connect with other like-minded women in business.

Start Up Grind Hosts Stuart Lunn of LendingCrowd

LendingCrowd's CEO is the host for April's Start Up Grind seminar.
27th April 2017
CodeBase, 38 Castle Terrace Edinburgh,

This event is organised by

Start Up Grind

Start Up Grind hosts LendingCrowd CEO Stuart Lunn as its guest speaker. A special promo code has been set up for staff and guests of LendingCrowd interested in attending: LENDINGCROWDGUEST

Stuart (along with business partner Bill Dobbie) launched LendingCrowd in January 2014 in Edinburgh. LendingCrowd is Scotland’s first specialist peer-to-business crowdlending platform, providing UK small and medium businesses with loans from multiple investors across the country.

Prior to this, Stuart worked as an equity analyst covering the UK technology sector and worked for a number of top firms in the City of London, including Collins Stewart and Cenkos. Stuart advised a broad range of companies, including those in the Internet, software, hardware and telecoms sectors and was also involved in a number of fundraisings on the AIM market. He is also an investor in a number of early-mid stage technology and Internet companies.

Here are some of our most recent events:

Income Opportunities in Alternative Credit

The scramble away from fixed income in recent years by institutional investors has prompted the growth of a new asset class: Alternative Credit.
8th February 2017
Nabarro, 125 London Wall, London
Organised by AltFi

AltFi’s inaugural Alternative Credit seminar will, over the course of a morning, provide a thorough data-driven exploration and analysis into one of most interesting and fast growing areas of fund management. The budding universe of funds within the Alternative Credit universe includes areas of the market such as direct lending, asset leasing, mezzanine debt, peer-to-peer lending and SME loans.

The first of its kind in London, it will bring together an audience of wealth managers, family offices, hedge fund managers, funds-of-funds managers, portfolio managers and other professional fund selectors and financial advisers who will be joined by industry experts and alternative credit fund managers. Participants will also benefit from a Continuing Professional Development certification.

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BANK - Breakfast Briefing

A new alternative funding initiative for SMEs supported by Scottish Enterprise
24th November 2016
Burness Paull, Lothian Rd
Organised by LendingCrowd

Join Scottish Enterprise and LendingCrowd at this not to be missed breakfast briefing for professional advisers, loan brokers, and SMEs on the very latest developments in alternative finance.

Hear how Scottish Enterprise is partnering with LendingCrowd to stimulate alternative finance in Scotland, to substantially increase the supply of finance for SMEs, and the latest developments in alternative finance. You will also get practical advice on how SMEs can access peer-to-peer funding.

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Edinburgh FinTech Summit 2016

30th November 2016
School of Informatics, Edinburgh
Organised by FF17

We’re bringing together the Edinburgh community.

200 people will gather at the School of Informatics discussing with industry experts, the waves rolling in that will significantly change the financial services landscape, across the UK and globally.


For the first time in the UK, we will be hosting a 

Fintech Finals Semi Final. 

One star will be chosen to represent Scotland at the Fintech Finals in Hong Kong on January 18-19, 2017.

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Midlothian Business Gateway - Growth Networking Club

Collaborate with businesses aiming to grow
5.45pm to 8pm, 30th November 2016
Penicuik Town Hall- High Street, EH26 8HS
Organised by Business Gateway & Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce

Business Gateway, together with Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to our St Andrews Night Growth Networking event kindly supported by local Microbrewer Cross Borders Brewing. Growth networking is part of the Business Gateway Plus programme which is funded by The European Regional Development Fund. We have a busy evening planned with a number of speakers and of course an opportunity to network.


  • 5.45pm- 6.30pm Registration and Networking
  • 6.00pm – 7.15pm Welcome & Speakers
  • 7.15pm – 8pm Networking


Borders Rail One Year On

Phil Dibsdale, Investment & Regeneration Consultant will update us on Inward Investment projects planned along the Borders Rail Corridor.

Think Outside the Bank

Helen Mckay, Senior Underwriter from Scotland’s leading peer to peer business lending platform- Lending Crowd will talk on alternative funding options.

Business Loan Scotland

Andrew Dickson, Fund Manager for the new Business Loan Scotland Fund providing loans up to £100k to new and existing small and medium enterprises

Bank of Scotland                                         

Drew Henretty, Area Manager Business will update us on the Bank’s appetite for lending and products available.

Penicuik Bid/Penicuik Storehouse

Eddie Linton- Smith will update us on Penicuik’s Business Improvement District initiatives and Colum Beagan from the Penicuik Development Trust on the progress of the Penicuik Storehouse development.

RSVP by 25 Nov E mail Mia Gilchrist: or on 0131 6035048

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Debt Funding Options

November 2016
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Perth
Organised by Scottish Investment Bank

We are delighted to offer you a free place on an invitation only, investment event hosted by Scottish Investment Bank, a division of Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Bank of Scotland, Close Brothers and Lending Crowd. These half day seminars will take place during November 2016 to increase the awareness of opportunities and the wide variety of debt funding options available to companies in Scotland.

The seminar aims to equip companies like yours with the information to enable you to successfully attract debt investment. It will help you:

  • Understand the different sources of funding available
  • Decide on what type of debt product is right for you
  • Understand what you you can do to enhance your debt raising ambitions.

The seminars will all follow the same format so please register at the location which would suit you best.

Doors will open at 8am for breakfast rolls, tea and coffee and the seminars will commence around 8.45am with the presentations and round table discussions finishing around 11am. There will be time for networking and one to ones with the presenters from 11am to 12 noon.

Programme Outline & Registration:

Registration is now open for these seminars and available on the registration pages below

Edinburgh Registration Webpage, Apex Waterloo Hotel, 1 November

Glasgow Registration Webpage, 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, 3 November

Aberdeen Registration Webpage, Hilton Aberdeen Treetops, 15 November

Perth Registration Webpage, Perth Racecourse, 17 November

Delegate numbers are limited, so to reserve your free place register online today by following the links above at the event location which may suit you best.

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BIOS - Scotland's Import/Export Conference

27th October 2016
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
Organised by

Join us at Business In & Out of Scotland (BIOS) and learn more about LendingCrowd. The BIOS conference is aimed at encouraging exports out of Scotland and imports into Scotland. BIOS is a place companies share experiences and learning about how they can grow their offering outside of Scotland.

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Funding for Innovative SMEs

12th October 2016
Jumpstart, 6 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 8HA
Organised by Jumpstart & CeeD

In association with CeeD, this free workshop brings together recognised experts in their own fields to tell us about four very valuable funding mechanisms that SMEs can use to fuel their R&D activities.

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Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School

Monday August 1st
Organised by Scottish Enterprise & Partners

Stuart Lunn, our CEO, will be speaking on an investment panel for ambitious entrepreneurs run by MIT and Harvard on 1st August 2016 at 5pm.

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Raising Finance: A Focus on New and Alternative sources of Funding

3rd February 2016
MMS, Quartermile One, 15 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9EP
Organised by Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland

Join our CEO, Stuart Lunn, for the fourth in a series of Scottish seminars arranged by IoD Scotland in response to requests from members for clarity on the range of funding sources currently available to support their business needs.

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Digital Health & Care Innovation Funding For Innovation

2nd March 2016
Novotel Gyle Park, Edinburgh
Organised by Digital Health & Care Network Integrator

The Event will explore the 10 year vision of health and social care integration, how it can be delivered and how implementation of innovations and technologies can be achieved.

One of a panel of three speakers LendingCrowd will give a talk on crowd sourced funding.

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The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2015

22nd October 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow
Organised by The Herald Scotland

The LendingCrowd team are very excited to be nominated for the Business to Business Award at The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards for supporting SMEs in Scotland, and we are looking forward to celebrating at the Awards.

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Financing the Future

How can we grow Scottish brands and businesses? A Daily Business and LendingCrowd Summit
21st April 2015
Organised by LendingCrowd and Daily Business

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Modern Finance For Developing Businesses

Wednesday April 27th
Organised by Moray Chamber of Commerce

Join Helen, LendingCrowd’s Senior Credit Risk Specialist, at this event to learn more about the latest funding options and how to access them.

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FloWave & Inventive Step Commercialisation Workshop

Wednesday June 8th
IBM United Kingdom Limited, 5th Floor Atria 1, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BR
Organised by FloWave & Inventive Step

Join Stuart Lunn, LendingCrowd’s CEO, at this event to learn more about peer to peer lending for SMEs.

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