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

  • NPIF hits £30m milestone in Liverpool City Region

  • Liverpool’s Climbing Hangar receives £496k boost

  • MSIF expands portfolio as Wirral gym receives £100k CBILS boost

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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.

AFM appoints new Financial Controller

MSIF’s fund manager subsidiary, Alliance Fund Managers [AFM] continues to develop its team with the appointment of Ian Dunne as their Financial Controller.

Ian joins AFM from US owned company, NextGear Capital UK Ltd, a specialist funding provider to used car dealers where he was part of the team who launched the UK based business in 2014. He held the role of Financial Controller, with responsibility for running the finance and treasury function.

Prior to this, Ian has held Finance Business Partner positions in both RSA and GE Capital. With 15 years’ experience in the financial services sector, Ian has particular expertise in partnering with commercial and operational teams to improve business performance, in addition to system/process design and implementation.

Inovus Medical sets sights on US expansion following NPIF investments

Inovus Medical (Inovus), a designer and manufacturer of medical and surgical simulators, has quadrupled headcount and expanded overseas after receiving a series of investments from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

The St Helens-based company was set up in 2012 to create tools designed using augmented reality and additive manufacturing (3D printing) to facilitate and improve teaching and learning within the healthcare industry. Using industry and research-based knowledge, co-founders Dr Elliot Street and Jordan Van Flute are plugging the market gap for increased access to surgical training equipment. They currently supply over [60 per cent] of all NHS trusts.

MSIF backs ChloBo™ with £75k of CBILS support

Popular bohemian jewellery brand, ChloBo™ has received a £75,000 investment from NPIF, backed by CBILS – through BFS & MSIF Microfinance, managed by Alliance Fund Managers [MSIF’s fund manager subsidiary] in partnership with GC Business Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

With headquarters situated in Chester Business Park, ChloBo™ was founded as the original ‘stacking’ brand of jewellery, inspired by travel and freedom. All pieces are curated and designed in the UK and are made from a mix of metals including solid sterling Silver and Rose Gold and Gold plated versions.

MSIF increases its dedicated Coronavirus Recovery and Resilience Fund to £3million

Following the recent launch of their dedicated Coronavirus Recovery and Resilience Fund [CRRF], Liverpool-based funding provider MSIF has reinforced its support for North West SMEs impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic by increasing its commitment to the CRRF to £3million.

The CRRF is available to support businesses which were viable prior to the Covid-19 pandemic but have been adversely affected by its impact. The fund is supported by the government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme [CBILS] guarantee and can provide loans of up to £250,000 per applicant, without the need for any personal guarantees.

MSIF continues to support businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic

Liverpool based SME funding provider MSIF is continuing to support regional businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic following the recent launch of their dedicated Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund (CRRF).

North West Linen Services Ltd, a provider of laundry and linen hire services to hotel and hospitality clients throughout the North West, is one business that has successfully accessed the fund, and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) guarantee, to secure a £100,000 investment.

MSIF focussed on supporting Covid 19 impacted SMEs in the North West

Liverpool-based funding provider MSIF is looking to further support and expand its offering to SMEs across the North West impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an accredited lender of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), MSIF has, through its Merseyside Loan & Equity Fund (MLEF), made £1million of its own capital available to support businesses under the scheme with loans of up to £250,000.

MSIF Finance Hub exceeds over 1,500 businesses supported

The MSIF Finance Hub has now supported over 1,500 businesses from the Liverpool City Region in their efforts to secure funding.

Launched in June 2017, the MSIF Finance Hub works with growing Small and Medium sized Enterprises (“SMEs”), start-up ventures and aspiring entrepreneurs to prepare them for funding success and act as a single point of access to finance for the City Region.