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  • Experience-centric bridal boutique set for success following startup investment

  • LCR Angel Network members invest in Liverpool-based LUME

  • Runcorn-based manufacturer acquired in significant MBO deal

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Experience-centric bridal boutique set for success following startup investment 

A new and exciting bridal boutique has recently opened its doors in Chester City Centre. My Funny Valentine [MFV] Bridal Ltd  was founded by Hanni Frankland-Roberts, a former Associate Solicitor from Liverpool law-firm Hill Dickinson, who recognised a gap in the market following her own bridal shopping experience in 2018.

From this, Hanni had the idea to launch her own bridalwear shop, one that focussed on a customer-centric experience alongside the need for unique style, design and a competitive price range. 

LCR Angel Network members invest in Liverpool-based LUME

LUME Limited (LUME) has received significant investment from a syndicate of angel investors following the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Angel Network’s introductions.

Founded in 2020, LCR-based LUME is a workplace mental wellbeing platform aimed at building better places to work and helping people to thrive. The LUME app enables companies to better track employee mental health and identify what is impacting it. This makes it possible for companies to proactively prevent mental health problems, rather than reacting after the event.

Runcorn-based manufacturer acquired by management in significant MBO deal

Runcorn-based North West Roller Services Limited [NWRS], a manufacturer and distributor of consumables to the print industry, has undergone a significant management buyout deal as it prepares for the next phase of its growth.

NWRS Sales Manager, Barry Dodgson led the transaction which has been funded by a £1.5m equity investment from MSIF’s, AFM-managed, ‘Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund’ alongside a debt package from ThinCats.

Careers network, Springpod, raises £2.25M Series A to unlock young peoples’ futures

Liverpool & London based Springpod, a careers network that connects young people with employers & education providers, has raised a £2.25M Series A funding round. The investment was led by Alliance Fund Managers (“AFM”) through MSIF’s Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund, Triple Point and Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, alongside participation from existing investors.

Launched in 2018 by Sam Hyams and Oliver Fisher, Springpod is a specialist careers platform enabling young people to experience the world of work and university in order to make informed decisions about their futures.

Newly launched civil engineering business receives NPIF boost  

Warrington-based civil engineering and groundworks company, Oxton Civil Solutions has received a £50,000 investment from NPIF through BFS & MSIF Microfinance, managed by Alliance Fund Managers, in partnership with GC Business Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Formed in 2020, Oxton Civil Solutions [OCS] was launched by founding director Darryl Oxton after his previous place of work ceased trading.

Chancellor commits an additional £100m to the Bank’s Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund as it surpasses £400m milestone
  • Chancellor confirms additional support for the Levelling Up agenda in today’s Spending Review
  • The additional £100m commitment comes as NPIF reaches £432m invested to date, including £232m of private sector investment
  • The funding will be allocated to NPIF as it achieves a record quarter of investment supporting over 700 small businesses across the North

Search launched for LCR Tech Climbers 2021

The search is on to find the stars of Liverpool City Region’s digital sector for inclusion in the LCR Tech Climbers 2021 list.

Following the success of the inaugural list in 2019, the second list promises to be even bigger and better and will showcase the top performing technology-led businesses that make Liverpool City Region one of the UK’s most exciting tech destinations.

The list is being run in association with BusinessCloud and will be unveiled at an exclusive event in 2021 and published online.

NPIF hits £30m milestone in Liverpool City Region

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), delivered by British Business Bank, has facilitated £30m of investment in the Liverpool City Region, over £15m of which has been invested directly by the Fund itself with the remainder leveraged from the private sector.

Launched in 2017, NPIF is designed to help small and medium sized businesses secure the funding they need for growth and development. It delivers equity finance, debt finance and microfinance, ranging from £25,000 to £2m.

The £30m invested to date has been across more than 80 transactions for 72 businesses in the region.

Liverpool’s Climbing Hangar receives £496k boost

Sandhills-based, The Climbing Hangar, has received a £496,000 loan as part of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s Flexible Growth Fund – powered by Growth Platform, managed by MSIF’s fund manager subsidiary, Alliance Fund Managers (AFM).

Since opening in 2011, the popular indoor rock climbing venue has been a growing hit for the city, and nationally, with five sites based across the UK employing over 100 members of staff.

Boasting half a million visits annually, The Climbing Hangar has a passionate approach towards the impact that a social, challenging, supportive, progressive and fun activity can have on people’s lives, regardless of ability, age or fitness – advocating an inclusive environment for all.