05 April 2024

How do you scale your business successfully? What are the key things you need to know when attracting the right investment, employing a team which shares your vison and will help you build the right culture? How can you create a market leading brand?

Join Burges Salmon and Young Company Finance along with expert speakers from Talisman Sparro, Par Equity and Entrepreneur and HR expert Lisa Thomson for a half day seminar which will explore the key things to consider when scaling your business, while staying true to its ethos and purpose.


Katie Carter - Senior Associate, Burges Salmon

Lisa Thomson - Entrepreneur and NED

Eilidh Wood - Associate, Burges Salmon

Alison Grieve - Founder of G-hold and Editor of Young Company Finance

Natasha McKenzie - Founder of Talisman Sparro

Andrew Noble - Partner, Par Equity

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 30 April 2024

Time: 3pm – 6.30pm 

Location: Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LY


3pm -Registration & networking

3.30pm - Welcome

3.40pm - The investment Journey with Katie Carter & Alison Grieve

Katie Carter is a senior associate in the Burges Salmon Corporate team acting for companies, entrepreneurs, investors and management teams across a broad range of industry sectors. Katie has experience working with high growth companies in the technology and life sciences sector.

Alison Graves is the editor of Young Company finance and the Founder and CEO of internationally recognised brand G-Hold.

Katie and Alison will discuss the investment journey considering the key issues and providing practical takeaways for entrepreneurs.

4.20pm - Break

4.30pm - In conversation with Lisa Thomson

Lisa Thomson is an HR expert and influential business leader. With over a decade of experience in nurturing fast-growing tech companies, her expertise is sought after at the highest levels, having advised executives and boards of notable clients like Wolfson Microelectronics, Craneware, and many more.

Eilidh Wood is an associate in the Burges Salmon Employment team with experience advising employers and employees on employment law issues covering the full lifecycle of the employment relationship.

Eilidh and Lisa will discuss how Lisa built her successful venture Purpose HR, which was sold to AAB in 2021.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insight from a leader who understands the intricacies of building a vibrant team culture in a high-growth environment.

5.10pm -Fireside chat with Talisman Sparro & Par Equity

Natasha McKenzie is a seasoned marketing professional with over 15 years of experience working with global agencies and management consultancy firms. She is the Founder and CEO of Talisman Sparro, a brand strategy consultancy that specialises in helping high-growth companies scale.

Andrew Noble is a Partner at Par Equity, an award-winning venture capital firm with a strategic focus on early-stage, innovative businesses. Andrew is a member of the Investment Committee for the Par EIS Fund and the new Series A focused fund, Par Equity Ventures I LP – both vehicles are deploying capital across Scotland the north of the UK

Andrew and Natasha will delve into the journey of repositioning Par Equity for the next stage of growth. With a focus on authenticity and consistency, they will discuss how Par Equity is leveraging its 20+ years of experience, reflecting investments in long-term partnerships and portfolio success stories.

This insightful session will uncover the keys to scaling your business successfully, attracting the right investment, building a visionary team, and creating a market-leading brand.

5.50pm -Networking

6.30pm - Close

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