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The Great British Private Investor Summit – Debating and Discussing the Alternative Investment Market

The Great British Private Investor Summit is the UK’s only investor-exclusive event dedicated to debate and discussion around the alternative investment market.

After the enormous success and sell-out launch event in 2013, The Great British Private Investor Summit will be returning in March 2014 in a bigger venue – to showcase the innovative and alternative investment models that matter in the UK.

The Summit will cover all the latest in SEIS, crowd-funding, peer-to-peer lending, syndicate investing and angel finance, through stimulating topical and interactive panel discussions, as well as excellent keynote speakers, unrivalled government insight and excellent networking opportunities.

The UK alternative finance industry raised over £955 million in funding between 2011 and 2013 for people and businesses.

Peer-to-Peer lending to individuals and businesses reached £480 million in 2013 alone, invoice trading hit £97 million up from £36 million in 2012 and equity based crowd funding increased 371% to £28 million. While donation based crowd funding and peer-to-peer fundraising remains the most active sector, the sharp increases across other sectors shows that investors are warming more and more to various forms of crowd funding.

These increases also show that more and more SMEs are turning to alternative finance options over traditional funding methods. And, if all of the exciting fast-growth companies are seeking funding through alternative methods, investors will follow to make the most of these opportunities.

But how do you choose with platform to invest with? Equity crowd funding or peer-to-peer lending? Invoice trading or debt-based securities? With more platforms popping up by the day, it can be hard to work out which will give you the best returns for your money.

The Great British Private Investor Summit gives you the chance to meet the key players in the market such as Seedrs, Crowdcube, Angel Co Fund and Jenson Funding Partners along with the innovative new platforms such as ShareIn, Unbound, Asset Match and Capital Stackers. They will be sitting on panel debates which cover topics such as “Innovative alternative investment opportunities – fresh ideas for contemporary investors”, “Darling SEIS – why private investors and VCs LOVE the Government’s new tax break” and “The rise and rise of Crowdfunding”.

Keynote speakers include Kevin McCloud and Rajat Malhotra who will be joined by legal expert Guy Vincent (Bircham Dyson Bell) and Kelvin King from Marks & Clerk Consultancy who will advise investors on protecting IP and improving exit valuations. The live interview of the day will be with Sturgeon Ventures’ Seonaid Mackenzie who will explore the wider issues around investing including the Anti Bribery Act 2010 and conflicts of interest as a director.

We are delighted to welcome Unbound to this year’s Summit. Unbound has a revolutionary new way to get books published – authors pitch their book ideas directly to their readers. Readers choose the ideas that they like on the website and pledge their support. When an idea has enough supporters, the book is written. We think this is rather exciting and Unbound are offering YOU the chance to submit your ideas for a book of ANY genre. It can be fiction, it could be a memoir, it could be a guide – it’s up to them. John Mitchinson, Publisher of Unbound and co-creator of QI will then read through the proposals and choose the one he thinks is the best. All you have to do is email 300 words on your idea for a book to [email protected] with the subject line “Angel Submission – Great British Private Investor Summit”.

The event is sponsored by Lloyds Bank, Bircham Dyson Bell, Marks & Clerk and Crowe Clark Whitehill.

You can <a href=”http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-great-british-private-investor-summit-tickets-5993493701″ target=”_blank”>book your ticket here</a> and join us to learn more about crowd funding, peer-to-peer lending and alternative and innovative funding platforms.

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