The total value of investments made by fund manager FW Capital has passed the £100 million mark since it opened for business in 2010.
Part of the Development Bank of Wales Group, FW Capital established its first office in Newcastle in 2010 to support the investment of the £20m Finance For Business North East Growth Plus Fund.
Since then, it has opened five more offices across the north of England and has launched six further funds aimed at growing businesses in the North West and North East of England.
These funds have invested a total of £54m across the North West and £46m in the North East which has helped to create and safeguard over 6,300 jobs as a result.
To further underline FW Capital’s long-term economic impact in the region, these investments have also helped to leverage an additional £191m of private sector investment.
FW Capital now has £191m of funds under management, employs 25 people across its six offices and is continuing to look for further applications from businesses to the four live funds that it is currently investing.
NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides growth capital investments from £100k to £750k to expanding businesses across North West England, and the Tees Valley, giving them access to the capital they need to realise their expansion plans through investing in new equipment, premises, staff, systems, product lines and a wide variety of other uses.
The Tees Valley Catalyst Fund offers short-term debt investments to fund advanced payment guarantees, performance and warranty bonds, or extend existing bond facilities, while the North East Property Fund offers short-term loans for small and medium-sized construction and property development companies for residential and non-speculative commercial developments in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, and County Durham.
Joanne Whitfield, North East fund manager at FW Capital, says: “Our investments have been used for many different purposes, and we’ve seen a significant number of the businesses we’ve worked with go on to achieve national and even international success.
“Reaching this landmark is a real justification of our decision almost a decade ago to establish an active presence in England, as well as of the quality, ambition and success of the hundreds of businesses with which we’ve worked since.
“We’re so pleased that our investments have helped out customers to attract almost £300m of additional capital, which shows the tangible positive impact that our work has on their operations.”
Gary Guest, North West fund manager at FW Capital, adds: “FW Capital has made its own long-term commitment to being part of the economy of Northern England, with long-standing team members based right across the area who understand what growing local businesses need to help them make progress, and we’ve developed strong partnerships with a range of stakeholders who are driving its continuing economic development.
“Demand remains strong for investments and loans from our different funds, and we’re actively looking to work with many more regional businesses in the years to come.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says: “I am delighted to see a number of Tees Valley businesses benefitting from various investment funds across our region. I’m especially pleased to see the £20million we have committed to the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund being used to back our job creators, as well as the £10million Catalyst Fund supporting our exporters.
“I’m grateful to FW Capital for their ongoing work administering and managing these funds to ensure businesses get the support they need.”
Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank, adds: “FW Capital and our other appointed fund managers to the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund have been instrumental to the delivery of vital funds to SMEs across the north. Together, we have helped businesses across a range of sectors access new markets and invest in growth, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to enable even more ambitious companies to achieve their growth objectives in the months ahead.”
Operating from the British Business Bank’s Sheffield head office, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides a mix of debt and equity funding (£25,000 to £2m). It works alongside ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the combined authorities and Growth Hubs, as well as local accountants, fund managers and banks, to support Northern-based SMEs at all stages of their development.
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.