Tomorrow, Pro-Manchester hosts a discussion on the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) regulatory changes, as well as one of the most crucial issues facing the corporate sector at present.

Hosted by Keith Hiscock (CEO) and Richard Angus (Head of Business Development) of Hardman and Co, organisers say it's time to reappraise the way professional service providers address issues with corporates.

The traditional mechanisms for providing entrepreneurs with appropriate funding are under stress.

Increasing regulatory obligations and commercial pressures threaten the timely provision of capital to the small company sector in particular.

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Furthermore, with MiFID II taking effect from 3 January 2018, it is the final countdown before capital markets see one of the biggest changes to the financial instruments regulatory framework since 2008.

Hardman and Co is a rapidly growing London-based corporate advisory and research house that works alongside corporates and their advisers to help optimise growth prospects.

The next BusinessCloud event is Focus on tech scene in Manchester, which will be hosted on February 17 at the new KPMG offices in the city centre.

A panel of entrepreneurs will be joined by industry experts between to look at what the future holds for the area’s technology sector in this breakfast event held in association with recruitment agency Search.

The event runs from 7.30-10am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #mcrtech.

Check beck for an updated diary.

This week

Tuesday 7 February: Hot Topics: Funding UK Growth Companies, Square Patton Boggs, Manchester, more info

Wednesday 8 February: Code Club: Wirral (for kids), Mosslands School, Wallasey, more info

Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 February: Manchester City and Google Hackathon, Etihad Stadium, more info

Friday 10 February: Place North West mayoral debate event, Midland Hotel 5.30pm, more info

Next week

Tuesday 14 February: Tech Startups, UKFast, 1 Archway, Birley Fields, Manchester, M15 5QJ

Tuesday 14 February: Manchester Digital Skills Festival Mcr, more info

Tuesday 14 February: What the US Presidential Election Means for Financial Markets, more info

Wednesday 15 February: Prolific North Live Event City 

Wednesday 15 February: Business Women's Network The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester more info

Thursday 16 February: Digital Opportunities: Property Tech with Virgin Media Business Holiday Inn, Manchester Centre mor einfo

Thursday 16 February: International Trade Forum Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester more info

Sunday 19 February: TEDx Manchester  Home more info

Two weeks

Wednesday 22 February: EEF National Manufacturing Conference and Dinner 2017,  QEII Centre, London more info

Wednesday 22 February: Percipient/Squirro/UKFast    

Wednesday 22 February: Action for Business Manchester, Cloud 23, Hilton Deansgate Manchester, M3 4LQ more info

Thursday 23 February: Augmented and Virtual Reality Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School more info

Friday 24 February: #Airhack ODI, Leeds more info

Three weeks

Tuesday 28 February: GP Bullhound MWC Reception, Barcelona  more info

Wednesday 1 March: HealthTech North, Leeds more info

Wednesday 1 March: Action for Business Stockport, Bredbury Hall Hotel & Club, Osborne Street, Bredbury more info

Friday 3 March: Women In Business Awards, Crowne Plaza,Princes Dock, Liverpool more info