YCF Annual Conference 2022 has ended
On Thursday 1st September, at the Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh
This year, we focus on the business essentials which are crucial to a young company’s ability to survive and grow. Over the lifespan of a business, founders have a number of critical decisions to make. Some of these, made early in the development of the company, have effects long into the future. Founders starting out need to know the basics (and many founders start with little business experience), but getting the basics right is essential for future-proofing the company’s continuing progress.
Our speakers will be highlighting the issues which they consider basics in a number of different contexts – staffing, marketing, operations, and finance – and explaining how getting these right can accelerate a company’s development, and making the wrong call can create a legacy which takes a long time from which to recover.
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Gary Torbett

Scottish Enterprise
Team Leader Financial Readiness

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Gary heads up the Financial Readiness team within Scottish Enterprise (SE).
With over 25 years business, commercial and corporate banking experience with RBS and Bank of Scotland, he first worked with SE on a consultancy basis in 2010 with a focus on portfolio management, fund analysis and working closely with companies presenting investment proposals to proposals to Scottish Enterprise Investment team for consideration.
Gary joined the Financial Readiness team in early 2012. The Financial Readiness team offers advice and guidance to companies with growth potential who are seeking to raise external funding.
The advice helps takes a company to the point where the management team, financial health of the company, funding package and commercial proposition are in a such a position to enable proposed fund raising needs to be presented to appropriate parties. Success will enable the financing of growth plans which, in turn, leads to increased turnover and job creation.
The team also works closely with businesses experiencing distress and requiring some turnaround guidance. An important part of our role is meeting with businesses who are seeking to locate in Scotland and discuss funding options with them.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 1

12:45pm BST