North East Business Angel Network offers a wealth of investment opportunity

18 March 2011

Investor Forum provides a showcase for high-growth and knowledge-based companies to present their investment proposals to an audience of local and national investors as well as entrepreneurs and leading figures from the region's professional services community.


The network which met yesterday evening at one of its regular presentation events, offers a platform for companies to pitch, with recent propositions ranging from renewable wood-chip energy and ethanol rectification to advances in confocal microscopy and newly designed products such as an innovative riding saddle.  The event last night, which saw four companies pitching for investment, was held on Newcastle Quayside and was sponsored by legal services provider Ward Hadaway.


Investor Forum or "Dragons' Den with Manners" as Entrust's Chair David Bowles describes it has never been busier.  More companies than ever are coming forward with exciting business propositions.  The aim is to engage with these high-growth businesses, to develop community and provide an opportunity for them to access financial resources and invaluable business advice, crucial for success. 


Entrust's network of investors are like-minded people, all with extensive business experience and capital to invest.  Most are looking to expand their existing portfolio of investments beyond the stock market and managed funds to include unquoted companies and to enjoy the tax advantages under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).  However searching alone for companies to invest in is difficult, time consuming and hard work.  Also, operating alone is inherently more risky.


David Bowles, Chair of Entrust comments 'Investor Forum is an established and growing Business Angel Network and we are always keen to welcome new investors on board. Those already involved certainly value the diverse range of opportunities presented to them through the network as well as the tax benefits that this method of investing can offer them.'


We bring together talented people who can maximise shareholder value in companies with significant growth potential.  Network membership is FREE to Business Angels; if you are interested in getting involved with the network please email for further information and details on upcoming events.


Entrust is a founder member of the British Business Angels Association (BBAA) and has operated Investor Forum, a formal Business Angel Network (BAN), since 1994.  For more information on Investor Forum, visit



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Notes to Editors

About Investor Forum:

Entrust has successfully operated Investor Forum for over 10 years.  The forum is the largest Business Angel Network within the North East, bringing together companies seeking investment with potential investors.

Investor Forum events offer the opportunity for investors and professional intermediaries to hear short, sharp presentations from start-up and growing companies at exciting stages of their development.

About Entrust:

Entrust was established in 1982 to assist businesses in the North East with advice, consultancy and financial support, with a view to improving growth, development and sustainability. Whether you are looking to start-up in business, have just started trading or are an established business, Entrust can provide you with the customised support you need to reach your objectives. Over the years Entrust has grown and developed in line with the increasing demand for business development and enterprise support in the North East of England, playing an important part in the region's economic regeneration. Today this assistance manifests itself in three key areas; Money, Markets and People.