IBA Sponsors

The IBA would like to thank our kind sponsors Lloyds TSB Commercial, NESTA and Unilever New Business Unit for their continuing support. If you would like to find out more about opportunities to sponsor the IBA please contact Daniel Gardner at daniel@investoo.co.uk.

Lloyds TSB Commercial

Lloyds TSB Commercial

When it comes to getting the all-important working capital to cover start up costs, working closely with your banking partner is crucial.

Lloyds TSB Commercial is the division of Lloyds Banking Group that supports small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a turnover of up to £15 million.

The bank provides dedicated day-to-day banking services, specialist guidance and tailored lending packages to businesses across all sectors.

Its national network of relationship managers have the experience and expertise to act as a sounding board for ideas, and they can also help companies to access other sources of advice – from selected companies across the Lloyds Banking Group or other professionals in the local community.

Lloyds TSB Commercial recently outlined a new commitment of support to small firms across the country in its SME 2024 Charter.

The Charter’s key aims are to encourage enterprise, boost access to finance and provide clearer and fairer pricing for customers, as well as help 300,000 new start-ups across the country by 2024.

Under the programme of support, we will also be running 200 nationwide seminars every year for the next three years, providing expert guidance and support for SMEs on starting up, employment, exporting, bidding for 2024 contracts, sustainability and finance.

Lloyds TSB Commercial puts great emphasis on a long-term, relationship-led approach to banking and is committed to providing entrepreneurs and start-ups with a service that goes beyond day-to-day banking facilities.

It has the expertise, experience and tools to provide the guidance and tailored financial packages to enable businesses to grow and flourish throughout the economic cycle.

Lloyds TSB Commercial is a trading name of Lloyds TSB Bank plc and Lloyds TSB Scotland plc and serves customers with an annual turnover of up to £15m.



NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.

One of NESTA’s key aims is to support young innovative technology businesses in the UK and the broad early stage ecosystem to help create the next generation of growth companies. We do this in a number of ways:

  • Using our research capability to bring issues of concern to the attention of industry groups and policy makers.
  • Helping to catalyse support and networks for early stage companies through partnering and investing with others like the IBA, Seedcamp and Springboard which all help to build the UK start up ecosystem.
  • Bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, Angels through a variety of engaging events that cover key sectors and trends.
  • Investment – we have a portfolio of direct investments in 30 technology businesses and have fund investments in 5 other early stage UK focused funds including Pentech Ventures, IP Group and the UMIP Premier Fund.  We have helped create companies like Skimlinks, Basekit and Gnodal by being prepared to invest at an early stage.

Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson is a leading accountancy and investment management firm, with around 1,500 people operating from 10 offices in the UK and Ireland.

The entrepreneurial and growth business sector is one of the firm’s key areas of focus. Clients include private and quoted businesses, as well as their owners and investors.

Internationally, the firm is a member of Nexia International, the 10th largest global accounting and consulting network, and M&A International, the world’s leading mid-market M&A network.

The firm’s services include accountancy, due diligence, tax structuring and compliance, corporate finance, investment management and financial advisory services.

To find out more about Smith & Williamson visit https://www.smith.williamson.co.uk/entrepreneurs, call Guy Rigby, Head of Entrepreneurs at Smith & Williamson, on 020 7131 8213 or email guy.rigby@smith.williamson.co.uk.

Unilever New Business Unit

Unilever New Business Unit - building game changing businesses in health and wellness.