FOCUS ON: Investment


OUR NEXT EVENT will offer a broad insight into all aspects of preparing for, and negotiating, investment into your company.

This is a unique opportunity to access a broad range of expertise and connect with some of the people and organisations that could help transform your business.

Gary Torbett from Scottish Investment Bank will talk about how companies can access equity investment through Scottish Enterprise; Business Consultant Mark Wright will offer a broad overview of the investment landscape, and advice on becoming ‘investor-ready; Nick Curwin will explain how new company Matisse can provide a bridge between smaller indies and investors; and Philip Leyshon will offer advice from a legal perspective on brokering the right deal.


17:00 - Doors

17:30 - Introduction by FOCUS

17:35 - Panel discussion

18:30 - Audience Q&A

19:00 - Drinks and networking

19:45 - Event ends


A limited number of one-to-one meetings are also available with our speakers.

All one-to-ones will last 45 minutes and take place at Film City Glasgow on the following dates:

Monday 29th April:

  • Gary Torbett, Scottish Investment Bank

Wednesday 1st May:

  • Nick Curwin, Matisse

Thursday 2nd May:

  • Philip Leyshon, Sheridans

  • Mark Wright, Independent Consultant

Please e-mail our Business Development Manager, Rebecca Thompson, to express an interest in booking a one-to-one meeting at and specify which of our speakers you would like to meet.



Mark is a media business consultant with 20 years experience in television production, distribution and finance. He has worked with some of the UK’s leading independent production companies and has a comprehensive understanding of both the UK and international markets. He has considerable experience in managing and growing indies as well as M&A on both sales and acquisitions. Mark’s background in production is diverse. He was Head of Production for Impossible Pictures overseeing a £20m p.a. slate of drama and factual programmes. Prior to this he was line producer on ground breaking series such as The Universe With Stephen Hawking and Days That Shook the World.



Gary Torbett heads up the Financial Readiness Team in Scottish Enterprise, having joined in 2012 after almost 30 years in banking. The Financial Readiness service is provided by a small team of specialists with considerable experience in accessing finance. They provide guidance, support, access to their networks and coaching to businesses who are seeking to grow and require assistance in preparing themselves to approach the most appropriate funders for their journey. The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) is the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, Scotland's main economic development agency. SIB’s remit is to grow Scotland’s early stage funding market to ensure that both early stage and established SMEs with growth and export potential have adequate access to growth capital to generate economic returns to Scotland. They are widely recognised as one of Europe’s most innovative and active public sector investment agencies, with an impressive track record of raising substantial European funds to invest in exciting Scottish companies.


Matisse’s mission is to help Nations and Regions indies thrive by providing expert advice and support. Nick Curwin, Chairman, began his TV career at LWT and then Mentorn, where he ran its Folio division. He launched indie Firefly, now Dragonfly, with Magnus Temple in 2004. There he pioneered so-called ‘factual theatre’ with programmes such as the award-winning Anatomy For Beginners (C4), as well as the ‘rig show’, with the BAFTA-nominated The Family (C4) and BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute (C4). He sold Firefly to Shine in 2007 and left with Temple three years later to launch a second indie, The Garden, producers of 24 Hours in A&E (C4), 24 Hours in Police Custody (C4), Keeping Britain Alive (BBC2) and The Audience (C4) – all BAFTA-nominated – as well as the BAFTA-winning Bedlam (C4). The Garden was twice voted the best indie in the country by its peers. Four years after ITV Studios acquired The Garden, he stood down as CEO and joined the Board of C4’s Indie Growth Fund. After a year as Creative Mentor to investee companies and advising the channel on new investments, he left to launch Matisse.


Philip has wide ranging corporate experience across a range of industries with a focus on corporate transactions and advisory matters for clients within the tech, media and interactive sectors. Philip’s specialist areas include acquisitions and disposals, investments, joint ventures, restructurings, shareholder arrangements and advising start-ups on new ventures and growing their business from set-up to exit. Philip works with a wide range of clients including entrepreneurs, founders, management teams, corporates and investors.