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Investment & Support for the Liverpool City Region and the North West

  • Business Funding & Support

    Business Funding & Support

    Development, Growth, Success...

    for small and medium sized businesses in and around the Liverpool City Region

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MSIF can provide access to funding of up to £2 million per investment for ambitious businesses based across the Liverpool City Region and wider North West.

Whatever your sector, whether it’s tech, creative, manufacturing or hospitality – we have the funds available to support your venture.

Our approach is simple. We are with you all the way.

If you are looking for funding, come and talk to us. From enquiry, to delivery of funding, to post-investment support, we are here to help. We will try our best to make an investment happen, whether that is providing the finance alone or working with one of our trusted partners or affiliates to make up the full requirement.

MSIF has access to several funds, including those of its fund management subsidiary, Alliance Fund Managers [AFM]. With this, multiple funds can be combined to create a unique package which is tailored to the individual needs of each business. We look at each application in depth and then work out what is for the client and structure the investment accordingly, including:

  • Start-up Finance
  • Development and Growth Funding
  • Acquisitions - Management Buy-out & Management Buy-In (MBO/MBI)
  • Recovery & Resilience

Funds Available:

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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now closed to new applications. Please note, applications received by 23.59 on 31 March 2021 can still be processed through to 31 May 2021.

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NPIF BFS & MSIF Microfinance Fund

Small business loans from £25,000 – £100,000

Whether you are an entrepreneur wishing to start your own business, an early stage or more established SME looking to grow you may find it difficult obtaining the finance you need. Microfinance can be used to fill the funding gap for growth and development projects.

Microfinance is available for a wide range of purpose including filling gaps in working capital, funding expansion projects, leasing commercial premises and asset acquisitions.

Flexible Growth Fund

The £20m Flexible Growth Fund is designed to enable new economic growth in the Liverpool City Region by removing barriers to investment for ambitious businesses.

The fund provides fast access to finance, removing bottlenecks to unlock existing investment opportunities and leverage private sector investment in job-creating and job-sustaining projects. Loan repayments will be recycled back into the fund, providing new loan capital.

Equity Investment

Equity investment can act as a suitable alternative and more flexible form of finance for those businesses who cannot obtain traditional funding through their bank.

Through equity investment, we can invest money upfront in return for a stake in your business, typically providing investments of between £500k and £2million. This shareholding is then sold further down the line – typically three to five years down the line.

Debt Finance

Debt finance can be used in a variety of situations for businesses who are looking to grow and is one of the most common forms of finance used by SMEs across the UK.

Whether you are looking to start, expand or develop your business with a new premises, software project or if you are looking to increase your taskforce, then debt funding could be for you.

Mezzanine Funding

A mezzanine investment can help bridge the gap between tradition bank lending and equity finance – operating as a loan with a premium attached (usually a lump sum upon your final payment).

This type is funding is usually used when the company cannot get a large enough loan from traditional lenders such as banks or invoice discounters, because it does not have enough security to offer.