Introducing the NACFB’s online event series for 2021
In 2021, the NACFB will be hosting a series of interactive, virtual forums designed to help commercial finance brokers expand their knowledge key industry sectors.
The free interactive ‘speed dating’ style networking sessions will host a range of NACFB lender Patrons with appetite to lend and provide the opportunity for brokers to engage virtually via online roundtable sessions. They also provide brokers the opportunity to quiz the lenders on criteria, rates and terms, and any other burning questions they may have.
Each event will also play host to a leading industry expert as they step through how their sector’s opportunities, challenges and how they weathered COVID. They will examine the opportunities and challenges facing SME’s operating in today’s market and explain how finance can help support improvement and growth.
“The pandemic brought our industry many challenges but a key learning for the Association is that there is appetite from Members for more remote networking sessions to complement in-person interaction,” said NACFB managing director, Norman Chambers.
“The Association’s new approach has been carefully considered and structured around business finance sectors. This approach will offer a wider appeal, bringing together brokers from a variety of sector types, in one interactive space,” he added.
Details of each event as well as links to register can be found below.
Property Investment Finance Forums
Successfully securing the right type of finance for investment property takes tenacity and expertise. Brokers need to understand their clients’ business models and be able to identify quickly what lenders are active in which sectors.
- Tuesday 9th February – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Avamore Capital
- Tuesday 20th April – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by MFS
- Tuesday 2nd November – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Precise Mortgages
Professional Services Finance Forum
The professional and business services sector provides high value, good quality jobs and adds £190 billion to the UK economy. Given this level of impact it is vital that these firms are supported in their endeavours to innovate and grow
- Thursday 25th February – 09.30– 12.00pm – Sponsored by Funding Circle
Manufacturing & International Trade Finance Forum
SME manufacturers are cautiously optimistic in the short- and medium-term. Finance could be the factor that determines whether they fail, survive, or thrive and this forum will shed light on the funding options available
- Wednesday 10th March – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Lloyds Bank
Transport Finance Forum
Cars, vans, lorries, buses, tankers, diggers, tractors, cranes, trains, boats and planes. All vital to the UK economy. It’s imperative that SMEs in the transport, haulage and logistics sectors keep their businesses moving forward.
- Tuesday 11th May – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Haydock Finance
Technology Finance Forum
According to the DIT, our technology industry is the third largest in the world. From the established Cambridge-based businesses to thousands of start-ups this industry is expanding quickly, and it needs investment to be successful.
- Tuesday 6th July – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Interbay Commercial
Residential Property Finance Forum
The number of lenders offering solutions to residential landlords continues to grow. As landlords expand both their portfolios and their experience in the private rented sector, their financing needs are not only increasing, but they are also changing.
- Thursday 9th September – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Landbay
Retail Finance Forum
The pandemic is changing the shape of retail faster than the invention of the internet. When the UK fully exits the EU at the end of the year, the way we shop could change again depending on whether or not we leave with a deal.
- Thursday 23rd September – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Together
Hospitality Finance Forum
The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and the future is still uncertain. A recent report in UK Hospitality reveals that 750,000 jobs could be lost without urgent government support.
- Thursday 21st October – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Allica Bank
Construction Finance Forum
According to the Government Construction Strategy, the construction industry accounts for approximately three million jobs in the UK. Many of these are in SME companies such as small-scale builders and products and supporting trades service providers.
- Tuesday 16th November – 09.30–12.00pm – Sponsored by Aldermore