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A Welcome Message from our Sponsor - NatWest Philip Clarke Director of Business & Commercial Banking, Chelmsford. Philip leads NatWest’s small and medium business banking divisions for Chelmsford, leading a team of fourteen Relationship Directors and Business Development Managers who work closely with SME businesses in Chelmsford and the surrounding area. The team is focused on offering a strong combination of relationship banking and transactional capability. The team is experienced, enthusiastic and has an appetite for helping businesses grow and remain successful. NatWest have made a commitment to make funding available to support viable businesses. We understand during this difficult time small businesses need help more then ever, so we are supporting our customers and the market with new initiatives. This includes active support of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFG) enabling borrowing of up to £1 million with the support of the UK Government to ensure businesses have access to working capital and investment funding and the distribution of European Investment Bank (EIB) funding which operates a loan support scheme to benefit SME businesses. With a range of borrowing solutions to meet the needs of business in today's environment and a team of dedicated local Business Managers to support business we are in great position to help. We at NatWest are in a position to be able to help businesses with their cash flow by identifying cash management solutions that realise the potential of surplus funds and working capital, or help them raise finance to deal with changing market conditions or necessary growth. Whether it be providing specialist asset or invoice finance, or looking at the best deposit options, we have the breadth and expertise to help businesses deal with the challenging environment and prosper in the long term. Supporting local SMEs through the current downturn is the number one priority for the Chelmsford team during 2009 and 2010. We would urge any business leaders who are currently experiencing cash flow problems, or who want to explore preventative measures before it comes to that, to seek advice about the range of options available to them. NatWest can also offer advice and funding for business acquisitions and management buy out opportunities. Remember, the finance solution should fit the business, rather than the business fit the finance product. You can hear how NatWest has been supporting small and medium businesses during this challenging time and what we could do to help your business by attending our presentation at 10.00am in the main theatre. Alternatively come and speak with one of our Business Development Managers on our stand. We are proud to be the lead sponsor of the Chelmsford Showcase and look forward to meeting with you throughout this two day event.
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