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Investment Readiness

Business Investment Readiness

Thinking of raising money? Are you investment ready?

Lancashire`s Investment Readiness programme is a coherent, structured programme of investor-led input, investment readiness guidance and support activities with the objective of supporting potentially high growth, Lancashire-based businesses with demonstrably improved chances of raising third party investment.

The Purpose of the programme:-

The purpose of the programme is to help you prepare to get investment from Business Angels and Venture Capitalists.

Even if you’re not looking for investment now this will be just as valuable, as an investment ready business is a much stronger business than one that is not investment ready! Getting funds from Angels and Venture Capitalists is a sales process and the seminars in the programme will make sure you are well equipped to clearly present your proposition and to demonstrate that you have a credible plan to deliver the results that Investors are looking for.

The programme aims are to:-

  • Make it easier for Lancashire businesses to access the most appropriate equity investment funding
  • Make it easier for investors to back the right opportunities and increase the ratio of positive investment decisions to negative ones
  • Grow the base of Lancashire SMEs equipped to engage with equity investors, increasing the knowledge and understanding of risk capital
  • An increased number of opportunities that have undergone an objective assessment of, and been given feedback relating to, the business and its plans, so that they may be shown in their optimum light to potential funders
  • A programme of education for the owners of businesses that require growth funding but have limited or no experience of raising equity finance

If you are a Lancashire based SME and would further information or would like to join the programme, please email  or call us on 01772 89 5656.


The Introduction to Equity Investment for SMEs workshops are for anyone actively seeking equity investment for their business or wanting to gain an insight into the investment process in preparation for future needs. Book on the event via the below Eventbrite links.

The Programme

There are 3 main sections to the programme:-

  1. Introduction to equity investment and venture capital
  2. Planning your approach to raising investment
  3. 1:1 and group pitch coaching and development sessions

investment readiness programme

The Group Workshop

Come along to our group introductory workshop where you will benefit from:-

  • An overview of private and institutional investors and their investment Processes
  • What investors are looking for AND WHAT THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR
  • The importance of your investment pitch
  • External contributors who have recent experience of successfully raising Investment

What next?

Following the introductory workshop, if you decide that equity investment is for you then sign up to the full programme which includes:-

  • An understanding of what an investment is in the eyes of an investor
  • What investors are and what they are looking for
  • How to get to investors and how they operate
  • Preparing the resources that seeking investment requires including the Flyer, the Information Memorandum, Data Room, Business Plan, Elevator Pitch and Full Pitch
  • The stages of the process including research, the approach, and the pitch through to due diligence, the contact and post investment investor management
  • The legal and contractual pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Preparing for and managing the Due Diligence process
  • Practise and perfect their investment pitch in front of seminar members and visiting investors

The programme will include presentations from a number of external contributors including investors and nationally recognised experts in their fields.

In itself, the process will not guarantee funding success, however the impact of this project will:

  • Have a regional and sub regional impact by significantly improving the opportunity of gaining external investment for high growth SMEs and university spin-outs that undertake the program thus improving the conversion rate from business plan submission to investment

How much does it cost?

The programme is free to eligible Lancashire based SMEs

Where will the programme activity take place?

The programme will be delivered throughout Lancashire with delivery taking place at UCLan’s Preston Campus, UCLan’s Burnley Campus, Lancaster University, Blackpool, Blackburn, Accrington and Skelmersdale.

How do I get on the programme?

The Investment Readiness programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

If you are a Lancashire based SME and would further information or would like to join the programme, please click here to register or email or call us on 01772 89 5656 or


The programme is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is open to eligible SME’s in Lancashire.

Your business, or new business idea must:

  • Be based in Lancashire
  • Employs fewer than 250 full time people
  • Have an annual turnover of less than £40million and/or has an annual balance sheet total of less than £35million
  • Has received less than €200,000 of publicly funded support in the last three years