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EIS Association Brings Key Investors and Start-ups Together to Boost Business Investment in the Oxford Region

by | Oct 24, 2023

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The “Ready, Steady, Grow!” event taking place in Oxford and hosted by the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) will bring key professionals together to foster investment in fast growth businesses in the Oxford region.

It will be held on the 2nd of November at the Thatcher Business Education Centre at the Saïd Business School, Oxford. The free-to-attend event will be the last in the “Ready, Steady, Grow!” series of 10 events across the UK’s regions and devolved nations which started in Edinburgh on 29th August.

Representing 420 advisers, investors and growth businesses, the EIS Association created the “Ready, Steady, Grow!” series to provide founders, SMEs, investors, and advisers around the UK with a forum to better understand and engage with the SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) and the EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme), ensuring they have the necessary information to provide and secure the vital investments that will allow SMEs to grow and scale their businesses.


The “Ready, Steady, Grow!” event in Oxford, like all the others, will consist of two parts. The first will be a CPD qualifying seminar session where expert speakers provide insights into investment trends and share entrepreneurial success stories. The second part will be a networking reception to offer participants the opportunity to connect with experienced investors, industry experts, and entrepreneurs, creating avenues for new investment and facilitating invaluable connections.

Christiana Stewart-Lockhart, Director General of EISA commented, “Oxford has a longstanding history of innovation and entrepreneurship. We’re delighted to be hosting this event at the Said Business School to support entrepreneurs with guidance around securing investment for their startups.”

EISA invites all entrepreneurs looking to start a business or access investment; wealth managers seeking knowledge and expertise; investors looking to learn more about the EIS and SEIS; and professional advisors looking to assist SMEs in their development and growth to attend.


The EISA has reached nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs, advisers and investors through the “Ready, Steady, Grow!’” events, which have taken place in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, Newcastle and Belfast. Oxford is the final event in the series.

Stewart-Lockhart added that, “It’s been fantastic to meet entrepreneurs and investors across the whole of the UK and to hear their experiences. There is a huge amount to be optimistic about and we have some incredible talent across the regions and devolved nations. These events have been crucial in helping to ensure that more start-ups have access to the capital they desperately need to grow and scale their businesses. The innovation, job creation and economic growth being driven by these start-ups is critical to the UK economy.”

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