A new concept in Italian dining is one of the latest independent eateries to open in Liverpool’s burgeoning Castle Street area with investment from Merseyside Special Investment Fund.
Pasta Cosa offers freshly made Italian food to take away including a selection of pastas, salads, paninis, sides, pastries, deserts and drinks.
An old disused building in a Whiston park has been refurbished and turned into a café by a local couple following investment from funding provider MSIF.
Henley Park Pavilion, which is in Henley Memorial Park, adjacent to Whiston Hospital, had been derelict for over 20 years. It has been totally transformed into a modern contemporary cafe serving breakfast, light meals, hot drinks, luxury ice creams and milkshakes.
A specialist construction training consultancy is expanding with support from The North West Fund for Micro Loans managed by local funding provider MSIF.
BGH Training and Consultancy Limited, based in Bootle, offers fully funded apprenticeship schemes for 16 to 24 year olds to qualify them in trades within the construction industry.
A company in Liverpool that specialises in biometrics security and CCTV installations is expanding with funding from MSIF through The North West Fund for Micro Loans.
Amaco Limited develops and installs biometric systems, secure turnstiles, monitored CCTV camera solutions and permanent intruder alarms predominantly for use in new buildings and on construction sites.
Are you looking to realise some of the value in your business? If so, have you thought about an equity release?
Simon Thelwall-Jones, who oversees MSIF’s larger loans and equity investments (where funding is provided in return for a stake in the company), looks at some of the options for business owners wanting to sell some of their shares whilst retaining some involvement in the business.
MSIF’s current position is not affected by the vote last week to leave the European Union.
Despite being set up to manage EU funding in 1994, MSIF has evolved significantly in the 22 years since it was set up. It has its own fund which was created through returns on earlier investments and manages funding from other sources including the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and the Government-backed Start Up Loans Programme (SUL).
A leading employee benefits advisory business in Liverpool has undergone a management buy-out (MBO) in a deal backed by a £1.4m equity investment from MSIF.
CS Financial Solutions Limited (CSFS), previously a subsidiary of Charles Stanley Group plc, whose headquarters is on Chapel Street has been bought by chief executive Paul McGuckin, managing director Craig Williams and commercial director Colin Nicol for £2m.
In or out? In. Why? As COO of MSIF I have seen first-hand the huge benefits of being part of the European Union and will definitely be voting ‘Remain’.
MSIF was set up in 1994 to manage funding through the European Objective One Programme. Objective One provided funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to develop regions whose GDP was significantly behind other parts of Europe which, at the time, included Merseyside.
The Future’s bright for MSIF as it raises £7m from a string of successful exits and also signs a further 4 year Start Up Loans contract
MSIF has added around £7m to its own funds through a string of successful exits from previous investments including from its stake in local software company Blue Prism when it recently floated on AIM.