Ian Priest

Ian’s background

Ian Priest has been helping businesses understand and manage their finances for many years.  Having worked as a banker for over 30 years, Ian decided to go it alone in 2010 and took on a financial consultancy franchise.  This enabled him to support business owners in dealing with lenders and gave him a great opportunity to share those years of knowledge and skills to give his clients a far greater chance of securing investment.

One of the biggest barriers to growth is funding and as Ian has come to appreciate, the problem is often not that the business doesn’t have anything worth investing in, but more that it cannot present the case in a way that lenders can understand.

Ian has a proven constructive approach to this, developed during his years working for high street banks, which means he can offer business owners valuable insights into what lenders are looking for, helping them to secure the best deal to enable their business to grow.

Supporting Worcestershire Business Growth

Ian has worked in Worcestershire since 1986 and has a strong understanding of the region’s strengths and opportunities for growth.  As his experience of working across the business finance spectrum has grown, and after leaving the restrictions of the banking sector behind him, Ian has been able to share his time and support with other networks in the community which help Worcestershire businesses to thrive.

Ian currently lends his expertise and experience to the Worcester LEP Business Board, Worcester Growth Hub Board and The IoD regional board.  He is also a trustee of a charity in the Black Country.

Ian was delighted to win the tender to deliver support through the Investing in Growth Programme in October 2018, giving him a further opportunity to help businesses in the region to prosper.

Investing In Growth

The Investing in Growth programme supports SMEs to initiate significant expansion projects.  The programme is delivered with the aim of getting businesses ready for investment before assisting them to apply for relevant funding that will enable growth plans to be put into place.

Who is it for?

The Investing In Growth programme is available for businesses that are:

1. Based in and trading from Worcestershire
2. Have fewer than 250 employees
3. Have turnover of less than 50 million Euros per annum

What help does John provide?

The support that Ian provides to businesses participating in the Investing in Growth programme primarily helps them to present their case to potential lenders and investors, in a way that they can easily digest and understand.

Working closely together with John Painter, Ian puts the words around the figures to convince potential lenders that the business has something worth investing in.

Since coming on board with the Investing in Growth programme, Ian has worked with a diverse range of clients, from telecoms companies to social media businesses and high-tech manufacturers looking to launch new products. Whilst all require funds to grow their business, they are all at different stages with diverse requirements, which is why Ian tailors the support to each individual business owner’s needs.

What do participating businesses gain?

The greatest benefit of working with Ian through the Investing in Growth programme is that businesses can tell their story, thanks to Ian’s ability to wrap the all-important figures in the most relevant and effective wording.

Ian will break down the funding options that are available to businesses, from debt to equity, and give them the tools and language to compile an application that tells potential lenders and investors what they need to know.

Businesses who receive this support stand a much greater chance of securing funding than if they try to access it themselves, plus, Ian knows that working with him means they will probably get a better deal.

The key benefits of joining the Investing in Growth programme are:

  • Getting your business to the point where lenders would be happy to invest
  • Writing clear and concise business plans, that don’t just include the right figures, but present them to investors in a way that they can understand
  • Having access to greater options for funding and potentially securing a better deal

Please click here to find out more about the Investing in Growth programme and whether your business is eligible.

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