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WORKSHOP: The Road to Growth - Expert Series with OPS-BOX - Week 4

17th March 2021 | 10:00 - 12:00 WORKSHOP
People & skills
Covid 19

Event description

Finance – the lifeblood of your business

The Road to Growth is an expert series from the team at Gloucestershire based OPS-BOX. Across four weekly sessions you’ll fast-track your business potential with help from their experts. Not only that but you can also network and share ideas with ambitious Directors from across the county. Each week you’ll build up the expertise you need to plan your business growth, seize on the opportunities available to you, and tackle the challenges. You can attend individual sessions but for maximum impact we recommend you join the first cohort and attend all four.

For week four we will cover your finance. Finance is the lifeblood of any business and in these uncertain times, it has never been more important. The final session in this expert series looks at the importance of keeping a close eye on your cost base and cashflow, as well as having a strategy for funding your longer term growth.

Please note, this workshop will be held on Zoom. The online workshop format gives you the chance to fully participate in group discussion via video, ask questions throughout the session, learn from likeminded business owners, and build connections. Our online workshops work in the same way as our standard events, with a limited number of attendees, and an expert Delivery Partner leading the session, to ensure you’re able to receive personalised support.

What will I learn throughout the course

  • Week 1 - Defining your business proposition.
  • Week 2 - Find and identify your customer.
  • Week 3 - Setting business goals.
  • Week 4 - Finance – the lifeblood of your business.

Who should attend

Business owners, Directors, Managers.

About the speaker

Richard Neale

Richard has a natural ability to support business aspirations having worked with a wide range of clients of all sizes and across many sectors. He has over 35 years’ experience in the financial sector working for Lloyds Banking Group and has worked exclusively in the commercial sector since 1995. As well as fulfilling roles as a relationship director and a business development director, he has also managed commercial banking teams. Most recently he acted as a conduit and reference point for businesses of all sizes seeking commercial funding solutions from £25K to £10M across the wider market. This level of expertise has earned Richard a reputation as a proficient, motivated and fully engaged professional who brings his considerable experience to bear on commercial situations for clients seeking either general business advice or funding expertise.

Hayley Parker

Hayley is founder and Director of OPS-BOX Group and is passionate about supporting businesses to achieve their potential. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the UK and internationally both as an employee for Lloyds Banking Group, and as a consultant providing interim management to SMEs. As well as being successful working directly with businesses as a relationship manager, corporate financial adviser and area director, Hayley has also held senior operational roles where she has led and motivated teams, delivering compliance and regulation along with large-scale and complex projects. She has a very clear and precise understanding of the challenges that businesses and their owners face. Whether providing general advice and guidance or working side by side with business owners and their management teams on specific projects, Hayley brings a wealth of valuable expertise to every business challenge.


Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane Gloucester Gloucestershire GL2 9HW

Event organised by


Gloucester Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is based at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester. Partnered with both the University and GFirst LEP, The Growth Hub is here to help every Gloucestershire business grow.

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