The Harlands Business Builder podcasts are free resources designed to help business owners across the UK along their journey. In each episode, we speak to likeminded business owners to get golden nuggets from their successes and fails. Investment manager from Maven Capital Partners of Maven, Michael Dickens joined us for an insight as part of a 4-episode series. Michael is part of the Maven Investment Team based in the Durham office and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments across the North East of England. Maven Capital Partners of Maven is one of the UK’s leading private equity and alternative asset managers, providing a range of funding options to dynamic SMEs, and attractive investment opportunities. During the 4-episodes we discuss identifying the right finance for your business, the application process, the investment process, then finally using the funding raised to achieve your growth plans and how to utilise the funding to achieve your objectives, contingency planning and working with your investors.