Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Vision to achieve your growth potential

Grainne Convery

Local companies could be in line to get much-needed funding support thanks to a series of one- to-one sessions taking place later this month.

The one hour free sessions are being held in Holywood on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October and will be hosted by Vision Brand Consultancy, which has a 100% success rate at helping established local companies achieve funding regardless if they have already been turned down by a bank or other funding organisation.

Vision has worked with more than 15 companies this year, in a range of different sectors and company director, Grainne Convery will be taking the sessions and sharing her expertise with the participants, with the aim of working with them in the future to help secure investment.

She says, “Many companies I work with either don’t know what support is available to them or those who do are busy carrying out the day-to-day running of the business that they don’t have the time or resource to ensure their business plan has all the necessary requirements to secure funding. There are numerous funding sources available for marketing, brand development, key personnel, software, training and development, new product development and interim management. The main thrust of my work is to identify the most relevant support available, write business plans for funding programmes and liaise with funding bodies.”

Having more than 20 years experience working with brands such as Guinness, Vodafone and Bunzl gives Vision a broad understanding of how the market works and can therefore deliver results.

“Northern Ireland companies have fantastic products and services which are perfect for international markets but they need to have a solid plan behind the business in order to achieve investment from banks in particular – I am confident that I can make this happen.” Grainne adds.

One such company that achieved significant funding only in the last few weeks after working with Vision for only 6 weeks is Glens of Antrim potatoes based in Cushendall.

Finance Director, Charlie McKillop says, “We have recently been awarded grant aid for a capital investment project under the Processing and marketing Grant Scheme from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Grainne was involved in all stages of the process from the initial application right through to preparing the business plan and getting involved in the subsequent commercial and financial appraisals.

Whilst this process involved time and effort on our part, having Grainne on board allowed me to pass the relevant information on to her for submission in the form of a business plan and allow me to get on with the important job of running my business.

At all stages I had the confidence that the application forms and business plans were being completed in a professional manner and that all necessary information was provided in a clear and concise layout. I would definitely recommend Grainne to anyone going through a similar process.”

I f you think your business meets this criteria then log onto www.visionbrandconsultancy.com Places for this event are limited and companies MUST register in advance.

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