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Latest News

Future's Bright For MSIF

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.

Business kicks off with Start Up Loan from MSIF

A 28 year old from Liverpool is turning her hobby into a business venture with backing from MSIF.

Louise Codman, a keen amateur football coach is opening a franchise of Little Kickers, a pre-school football academy in Wirral. Initial sites include Hoylake, Greasby and Wallasey and there are plans to open in additional venues in the area.

MSIF provides £200k investment to back MBO of Wirral estate agents

A Wirral estate agency business has undergone a management buy-out (MBO) with backing from MSIF.

Bakewell Horner based in Wallasey has been bought by Russ Smith, a minority shareholder, from former owner Peter Horner. Peter will remain with the business on a consultancy basis.

Liverpool-Based Blends Ltd Doubles Its Manufacturing Base Following £4.6m In Funding

Liverpool-based Blends Ltd, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of specialist food ingredients, has doubled the size of its base in Knowsley Business Park to cater for record client demand.

The move follows £4.6 million in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial and Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF), with MSIF providing a £200,000 grant through the Regional Growth Fund’s High Growth Business Investment Programme.

MSIF provides further investment to expand Grilla

MSIF has invested a second round of funding into a Liverpool restaurant to expand its premises.

Grilla on Hardman Street serves Greek-inspired dishes and specialises in freshly cooked meat on the spit.

MSIF has provided Grilla with a further £12k in addition to the £34.5k it invested last year. The loan has been provided through funding it manages for the Regional Growth Fund.

St Helens Based Accountancy Firm Under New Ownership

St Helens-based accountancy firm Colin Tunstall and Associates has been acquired by a local accountant with support from Liverpool-based funding provider MSIF.

Michael Nelson has bought the business from its owner and founder Colin Tunstall, who will continue to undertake some consultancy work with the firm.

Orthodontics Products Manufacturer Gets Second Round Of Funding From MSIF

MSIF has provided a £50k loan to a Knowsley-based orthodontic products manufacturer. Thermadent has used the funding to buy a high-tech 3D scanner and printer. The new machinery will enable Thermadent to add new product lines including clear aligners and retainers.

The company was set up in 2011 by dental technician Matthew Garnett and supplies its products to orthodontists across the region.

MSIF Backs Innovative Digital Advertising Business

MSIF has invested £80k to support the expansion of a business that has developed digital advertising boards on the city’s black taxis.

Open Messenger has been developed by local entrepreneur Mike Smith who is based at the Baltic Triangle.

The digital messenger boards allow advertisers to tailor their promotional messages on Hackney taxis to real-time conditions, such as local weather, location and time.

Life In Balance For MSIF Backed Local Yoga Instructor

A fitness instructor from Liverpool has realised her dream of running her own business with backing from Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF).

Lisa Wilson from Blundellsands has launched Life Balance Yoga Studio which offers a variety of hot yoga and pilates classes in the studio situated in Harrington Road, Formby.