Julian Viggars, NPIF equity fund manager and head of technology investments at Mercia Fund Managers
Mercia Fund Managers, which manages part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), has invested over £5m to support businesses throughout Yorkshire, the Humber and the Tees Valley.
Since the launch of NPIF in February this year, Mercia has completed over 25 debt and equity investments with a total value of £5.7million – accounting for over half of the total £10m NPIF investment in the North of England.
The purpose of the NPIF is to provide support to regional entrepreneurship in order to create economic prosperity in the North.
Businesses which have received funding from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance include Hull-based Electric String, which provides audio-visual systems for superyachts and luxury homes; the Wakefield-based print equipment supplier Pinheiros Post Press; the healthcare provider Steps Rehabilitation, and branded homewares manufacturer IC Innovations, both in Sheffield.
Julian Viggars, NPIF equity fund manager and head of technology investments at Mercia Fund Managers, said: “Mercia’s team of experienced investment directors have strong connections within the business community.
“This has generated over 650 enquiries across the Yorkshire, Humber, and Tees Valley regions from management teams which have expressed an interest in NPIF equity and debt finance.
“Working closely with our partners from the advisory community, business growth hubs, and local enterprise partnerships, we have been able to get our operations underway very quickly to ensure the funding reaches the region’s businesses without delay.
“We look forward to working with more ambitious companies seeking
Ken Cooper, managing director at British Business Bank, said: “This milestone is a significant one which demonstrates that the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) is succeeding in its aim to support the northern SME community with the funds needed to fuel their ambitions.
“We have seen many innovative and ambitious businesses choose NPIF as an option for finance, and we look forward to seeing
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.
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