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    • Are Your Sales Generating the Cash You Need? Are Your Sales Generating the Cash You Need? Informed Funding Recorded: Nov 26 2015 5:00 pm UTC 59 mins
    • The big challenge we will be looking at is simple – how do you get cash out of big customers quickly enough, to avoid ramping up a lot of debt in the process. Very many BIG companies, pay SLOWLY – and they are in control. Recent research by Experian shows that it takes large UK businesses, ON AVERAGE, over 80 days to settle an invoice – and that’s once it’s been through an approval process!

      Many who run growing businesses strive to get big deals from big customers, and it can take a lot of hard work and a long lead time to close a high value sale. However, it’s seriously bad news when it then takes weeks to get through the process of getting registered on to the customer’s approved supplier system (which allows you to invoice and get paid) and that’s BEFORE finding that you have to accept 60, 90 or even 120 day credit terms.

      How do you check in advance how quickly your customer is likely to pay you – rather than what they might claim?
      How do you get YOUR processes and documentation right, so that all possible delays are avoided?
      What’s the best way of challenging the Customer when you feel you are being unfairly treated? What are your rights?
      If giving extended credit is unavoidable (but, potentially, unaffordable), how can you use one of the “Alternative Funding” platforms to convert the invoice you have issued in to immediate cash?

      We are delighted to have experts from Experian, MarketInvoice and GapCap to help guide on best practice, and practical solutions to the above questions. This is a great chance to raise concerns and questions you have, and get answers.

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    • Clean Air Vehicle Funding Sources Clean Air Vehicle Funding Sources Richard E. Battersby, CAFM, CPFP Recorded: Aug 26 2014 5:00 pm UTC 67 mins
    • The director of East Bay Clean Cities Coalition and director of fleet services for the City of Oakland, California, will define the most common types of alternative fuel and clean air vehicle grants available for school bus and "white fleet" vehicles nationwide. Fresh off presenting at the STN EXPO, he will identify potential grant funding sources at federal, state and local levels, highlight some recent clean air school bus grant projects, demonstrate how to locate potential grant funding opportunities, identify current some grant funding opportunities, and illustrate how to remain up to date on grant funding opportunities.

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    • FP7 Call 8 – European Funding for Your R&D FP7 Call 8 – European Funding for Your R&D Peter Walters UK NCP, and Eddie Townsend, Collaboration Delivery Manager ICT KTN. Recorded: Aug 24 2011 10:00 am UTC 38 mins
    • A briefing event for innovation driven businesses, academics and others working in ICT and its applications in the areas of:

      •Cloud computing, Internet of services and advanced software engineering
      •Trustworthy ICT
      •Research enabling the Future Internet
      •Advanced nanoelectronic components: design, engineering technology and manufacturing
      •Micro-Nano Bio Systems
      •Core and disruptive photonic technologies
      •Intelligent information management
      •Smart energy grids
      •ICT for efficient water resources management
      •Systems for energy efficient and sustainable mobility
      •Technology enhanced learning

      Participants will receive an introduction to the availability of this major funding for collaborative research announced by the European Commission on 20 July. The webinar is designed to provide understanding of the opportunities how to access these funds and access the benefits offered by European collaborative research,

      The FP7 UK ICT National Contact Point and the ICT KTN are pleased to invite you to join this event and will help you to understand the call contents and the support available to proposers from ICT KTN and elsewhere.

      The webinar will be presented by Peter Walters UK NCP, and Eddie Townsend, Collaboration Delivery Manager ICT KTN.

      The webinar presentations will last for approximately 40 minutes followed by a further 20 minutes for questions.

      This event is part of an ICT KTN programme designed to assist UK organisations benefit from the Framework programme and leading edge research networks.

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    • The use of special purpose vehicles for pension scheme funding The use of special purpose vehicles for pension scheme funding James Atherton (LCP), Fraser Sparks (Stephenson Harwood) Recorded: Aug 13 2013 2:00 pm UTC 44 mins
    • Recent years have seen an increasing use of special purpose vehicles, typically Scottish Limited Partnerships, for funding defined benefit pension schemes. These have used assets such as property, trademarks, and even whisky, to provide a secure income stream to repair pension scheme deficits. Whereas previously the cost of establishing such structures meant they were only really considered where the asset value in the structure was in excess of £100m, as the pensions industry builds up experience of these structures, as recent transactions show, they are increasingly becoming feasible for smaller pension schemes.

      In this briefing experienced pension consultants and lawyers from LCP and Stephenson Harwood respectively will consider:

      - how these structures work;
      - their attractions for both sponsors of pension scheme arrangements and trustees;
      - when they might be appropriate; and
      - the practical considerations.

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    • How to Access Funding for your Business How to Access Funding for your Business Bill Morrow, Founder, Angels Den Recorded: Jul 14 2009 8:00 am UTC 43 mins
    • Bill Morrow is our "token male", in an otherwise female company. He is also a co-founder, having set up the company in 2007 after several years researching the market.

      Bill's background is in City banking and funding, and is a firm believer that there is plenty of funding around for really good business ideas. Since forming Angels Den and attracting over 1000 Angels in the first 9 months, we tend to believe him!

      Bill has a Business Degree and started life as an accountant with Virgin. If you've ever met Bill you'll wonder that he could have been an accountant and Financial Director, but we've seen the certificates and it just goes to show that loud Scots people can also do sums when they need to.

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    • Legal Issues with SME Funding from UK Banks Legal Issues with SME Funding from UK Banks David Calder and Cat McLean, MBM Commercial Recorded: Dec 14 2010 8:30 am UTC 35 mins
    • David Calder and Cat McLean, litigation lawyers, have witnessed over the last few years some questionable behaviour from of some of the UK's best known banks.

      More recently they brought the Royal Bank of Scotland to court and won in the case of Royal Bank of Scotland vs. Carlyle a client of their legal firm and a well respected property developer who has suffered at the hands of his bank despite many years of loyal business.

      Far from being an isolated case, David and Cat are finding and hearing many more companies coming forward with similar stories. The evidence suggests that the problem which brought Derek’s case to court is in fact far more widespread than first thought. There will an opportunity to contribute and ask questions of Cat and David during this live webcast.

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    • Establishing a Self-Funding Configuration Management Initiative Establishing a Self-Funding Configuration Management Initiative Ian Clayton - Principal, Service Management 101 Recorded: Sep 23 2009 5:00 pm UTC 49 mins
    • Configuration management is at the core of every service management initiative, driven by the need to understand basic information about each element of the infrastructure required to provide a service, and the relationship between those elements.

      The traditional approach to configuration management involves significant upfront cost in the form of project resources, software, and consultative help, and common characteristics that include:
      1. They are major projects requiring an upfront, undefined, and sustained investment of skilled resources
      2. The natural focus is biased towards an infrastructure perspective and not the service or customer
      3. The scope, often undiscovered at the outset, spans asset, human resources, inventory, procurement, access rights, and facilities management, impacting political boundaries and governance
      4. They are attempted prior to any formal requirements being specified and are subject to immediate and ongoing ‘scope creep’
      5. The true benefit goes unsaid or unheard in terms of internal key stakeholders, and the benefits not expressed in terms understood by a customer or the business
      6. They introduce the risk of significant disruption to existing practices, both provider and customer

      Today's economic climate reminds management, that initiatives failing to make an immediate and sustained difference through ‘quick wins’ and bottom line impact are vulnerable to deferment, shelving, or abandonment. Configuration management projects are extremely expensive, complex and risk-laden and prime targets.
      This presentation from the Guerrilla Service Management™ series, provides vital ‘how to’ tactics on the positioning of configuration management within an overall service management strategy, and with key stakeholders. The presentation also discusses the establishment of a self-funding service configuration management initiative.

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    • Effective Integrated Risk Management Effective Integrated Risk Management James Atherton, Jill Ampleford and John Clements Recorded: Feb 3 2016 11:00 am UTC 42 mins
    • An integrated approach to managing risks can be a very effective way to support a defined benefit pension scheme achieve its objectives and this is the topic of The Pensions Regulator’s recent guidance. This guidance expands on what is the central theme in the Regulator’s Code of Practice on Funding Defined Benefits – to “adopt an integrated approach to risk management across the key risk areas to funding plan success – employer covenant, investment and funding related risks.”

      Listen to our webinar to find out what the practical implications of the new guidance might be for your scheme, whether you are a trustee or a sponsoring employer. Using practical examples we will step through how pension schemes can put in place an integrated risk framework in a proportionate manner, improving decision making and outcomes for members, trustees and employers and without introducing unnecessary additional governance processes.

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    • Regulating liquidity Regulating liquidity Oliver Ireland, Morrison & Foerster; Tom Young, IFLR Recorded: May 21 2015 3:00 pm UTC 75 mins
    • The adoption in the US and abroad of new liquidity requirements have had a significant impact on financial institutions. The liquidity coverage ratio and the proposed net stable funding ratio, as well as the emphasis in the US on wholesale funding have caused financial institutions to place increased focus on the maturities of their assets and liabilities.

      Issues addressed will include:

      •Why are regulators concerned about liquidity?;
      •The liquidity coverage ratio rules;
      •Net stable funding proposal;
      •Effect of relying on wholesale funding; and
      •What are institutions doing to address these requirements?

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    • Innovation in Payments: Experts answer 10 burning questions Innovation in Payments: Experts answer 10 burning questions Konstantin Rabin (Kontomatik), Rashee Pandey (Bankable), Anders La Cour (Saxo Payments) Upcoming: Mar 16 2016 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • Moderator Konstantin Rabin will provide general numbers on the payment industry, will take a look into start-up fundings and some examples of innovative companies in the payments industry.

      Then, he will ask the esteemed panel of experts the following questions:

      1) What are the main drawbacks of the current b2b payment options?
      2) What should be the primary focus of the innovation in payments and why? (speed, cost reduction, transparency or anything else)
      3) Name a greatest innovation in payments happened till date
      4) Importance of cryptocurrencies in the realm of payments
      5) How do millennials change the way payments are going to develop?
      6) What are the main obstacles that prevent innovation in payments? (regulation, lack of funding, absence of common technology or anything else )
      7) What is more important to innovate, online or offline payment systems?
      8) What is the most crucial part of the Payment Service Directive 2? (or perhaps any other local directive)
      9) How large will be a share of businesses using alternative payments in 3 years from now?
      10) How would just a regular b2b payment look in 2026?

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    • How to get funded in 2016: What we learned from the Q4 2015 VC landscape How to get funded in 2016: What we learned from the Q4 2015 VC landscape Jon Cifuentes - Research Analyst; VB Insight Recorded: Jan 28 2016 6:00 pm UTC 62 mins
    • We've tracked over $3.8 Billion in fundings, $3.8 Billion in acquisitions and IPOs for marketing tech in Q4 of 2015. The results are staggering.

      We know that you're hearing all the reports of doom and gloom in the VC landscape, but here's the thing: The volume of deals, in both amounts and frequency shows VC confidence in marketing tech, but what you need to understand is where they're gravitating towards and why that matters.

      This webinar will answer:

      •Which types of companies are gaining funding, and where in the marketing tech universe they fit.
      •Where we're seeing the biggest areas of consolidation.
      •Who the most involved / most active VCs are.
      •Implications for investors, vendors, and most importantly marketing technology buyers and users.
      *What you need to do to get noticed by the top VC, straight from the VC themselves.

      Here's our panel line up

      Speakers:
      * Jon Cifuentes, VB Insight analyst, VentureBeat
      * Lisa Calhoun, Partner, Valor Ventures
      * Sloan Gaon, CEO, PulsePoint
      * Ravi Belani, Managing Partner, Alchemist Accelerator, Stanford University
      * Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat

      Register today and participate in a free interactive hour where we pick the brains of today's best minds in venture capital.

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    • Opportunities in the Smart Cities Ecosystem in Asia Opportunities in the Smart Cities Ecosystem in Asia Archana Amarnath, Global Director Frost & Sullivan ; Shaily Shah, Senior Consultant Frost & Sullivan Upcoming: Mar 3 2016 3:00 am UTC 60 mins
    • Asia-Pacific is a frontier of growth, development, and activity having quickly embraced disruptive trends in its journey to grow. We are pleased to invite you to join a livecast webinar that will look into how utility providers, infrastructure companies, system integrators and telecom operators are actively pursuing the smart city market, adding more layers of intelligence as either integrators offering pre-packaged bundled solutions or as product vendors offering intelligent hardware and infrastructure. New funding mechanisms and public-private dynamics will be also be touched upon. This webinar will also discuss recommendations for future growth of businesses and cities active in this space.

      In this webinar, you will discover:
      - Eight Critical parameters that define a smart city along with upcoming smart cities in Asia
      - Smart city business models and funding mechanisms
      - Key market participants and next game changers
      - Implications of smart city solutions on key industries
      - Recommendations for businesses and cities

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    • Service and Support as a Business Service and Support as a Business Jeff Rumburg, Managing Partner at MetricNet Upcoming: Mar 15 2016 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • Most IT professionals are familiar with the operational metrics of service and support. KPIs such as cost per ticket, first contact resolution rate, and mean time to resolve are well understood and almost universally applied. Yet even support organizations that have mastered these metrics and achieved a degree of operational success often struggle to gain visibility and credibility within their own enterprise. The all-too-common result is that service and support operates at a subsistence level, and lacks the necessary resources to deliver effective levels of support.

      The business world offers a potential solution to this dilemma. When a business is not performing well, investments in the business dry up because there is no reasonable expectation of earning a profit. By contrast, businesses that are profitable receive adequate funding because they are able to attract investment capital seeking a positive return. So what would happen if IT service and support organizations began operating more like businesses, and were able to attract funding and other resources based upon their profitability?

      In this presentation I reveal an approach for managing IT service and support as a business. Additionally, I propose a handful of business metrics that can be used to quantify and communicate the profitability of service and support. Finally, I discuss the need to adopt a paradigm shift for any service and support organization that aspires to realize the benefits of operating as a true business.

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    • 2016 Top Management Challenges for State & Local Government 2016 Top Management Challenges for State & Local Government Presented by: Route Fifty | Underwritten by: Grant Thornton Recorded: Jan 20 2016 7:00 pm UTC 65 mins
    • Over the past ten years, a wide array of challenges have made management increasingly difficult for state and local government employees. To dig deeper into which issues are currently causing leaders the most trouble, Route Fifty and Government Business Council conducted a survey of more than 900 state and local leaders.

      Join us on January 20th to learn the findings of this brand new research, including:

      - The largest challenges for state and local leaders in your region
      - How to overcome human capital challenges, such as backfilling experienced employees as they retire
      - What’s standing in the way of data-based decision-making
      - How to combat budget planning difficulties, including changes in federal funding and lack of data visibility

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    • Why no one will fund your startup: A look behind the scenes of VC Q3 2015 Why no one will fund your startup: A look behind the scenes of VC Q3 2015 Jon Cifuentes - Research Analyst; VB Insight Recorded: Nov 11 2015 6:00 pm UTC 61 mins
    • Editorial webinar sponsored by Avalara

      We've tracked over $3.8 Billion in fundings, $3.8 Billion in acquisitions and IPOs for marketing tech in Q3 of 2015. The results are staggering.

      The volume of deals, in both amounts and frequency shows VC confidence in marketing tech, and through our analysis, we're able to help you understand where they're gravitating towards and why that matters.

      This webinar will answer:

      •Which types of companies are gaining funding, and where in the marketing tech universe they fit.

      •Where we're seeing the biggest areas of consolidation.

      •Who the most involved / most active VCs are.

      •Implications for investors, vendors, and most importantly marketing technology buyers and users.

      *What you need to do to get noticed by the top VC, straight from the VC themselves

      Register today!

      Speakers:
      Jon Cifuentes, VB Insight analyst, VentureBeat
      Blake Patton, managing partner, Tech Square Ventures
      Jason Denenberg, director of entrepreneurship and capital finance, LaunchTN
      Ravi Belani, Managing Partner, Alchemist Accelerator, Stanford University

      Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat

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    • Horizon 2020 Horizon 2020 Eddie Townsend Peter Walters Recorded: Dec 19 2013 2:00 pm UTC 44 mins
    • Horizon 2020 – The next Steps

      Although Horizon 2020 does not officially start until January we are only days away from the release of the first call for proposals. The ICT elements alone add up to over €700 million and there is a wide range of opportunity for UK research.

      This is your chance to get involved in a simplified scheme with programmes specially designed for SMEs!
      ICT KTN has just completed a UK tour of events with 800 organisations getting on board. We have also had over 34,000 hits on the topic on our web site.

      We now start our second UK tour with a webinar where you will learn the following:
      •Details of the ICT Work Programme and in particular the elements in the first call.
      •Summary of the rules for participation
      •Details of the NEW SME scheme
      •Details of Commission information and brokerage events as well as the ICT KTN regional programme
      •How can get started, where can I find help

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