Sarah leads Grant Thornton’s national Growth Finance business, providing a range of support services to businesses seeking up to £10m in external finance and representing the firm in the early-stage investment community.
Prior to this, Sarah led the national investor relations activity at Grant Thornton for its government-backed GrowthAccelerator service, which supported SMEs in raising over £210m of external finance during its operation. Sarah worked closely with participant companies to identify suitable funding strategies and facilitating targeted introductions to investors.
Sarah regularly speaks at industry events on topics such as the issues around raising finance for SMEs, how to best access external finance, SEIS/EIS, as well as general commentary on the national funding landscape. Outside of Grant Thornton, Sarah is a member of various angel syndicates including Angels 5k and Angel Academe and also mentors early-stage businesses on accessing and preparing for external finance.
Sarah holds the Corporate Finance Qualification and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) and is an active member on the Advisory Committee for the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA).