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05/12/2017

Cenergist warming up for further growth with new home energy efficiency scheme team

FW Capital has backed an expanding North East energy consultancy's plans to create new jobs in the Tees Valley and open up new revenue opportunities with a six-figure investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

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21/11/2017

Rachael Guest joins investment firm FW Capital

Fund management firm FW Capital has added more than a decade's worth of financial services sector experience to its North East team with the recruitment of Rachael Guest to a portfolio executive position.

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20/11/2017

Northumberland developer secures first North East property fund loan

A Northumberland developer has become the first business to secure backing from a new £10 million property fund aimed at supporting smaller-scale North East construction and property development projects.

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13/11/2017

NPIF announces 100th investment from £400m fund

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has completed its 100th deal by providing £700,000 worth of equity finance to Microbiosensor Ltd, an innovative diagnostic solutions company

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07/11/2017

Green shoots of growth for office plant specialists with backing from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)

A Lancashire company which supplies and maintains living plants to businesses across the North West is expanding with a £150k loan from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, a product fund managed by FW Capital.

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01/11/2017

Greater Manchester dental laboratory secures funding from NPIF

Premplus Dental Labs based in Atherton is investing in new equipment and creating new jobs following an investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

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20/10/2017

£250k NPIF loan cements Cheshire builders merchant’s growth plans

NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital, and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has backed Middlewich-based Duttons Builders Merchants with a £250,000 cash injection to support the company’s expansion with the creation of eight new jobs.

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12/10/2017

FW Capital expands Manchester team

FW Capital has appointed a new investment executive to work with the team in its Manchester office.

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01/09/2017

FW Capital announces £5m NPIF funding milestone

FW Capital, the fund management business which manages the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (“NPIF”) debt fund in the North West and Tees Valley regions has now lent more than £5m to SMEs across a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, business services and engineering.

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25/08/2017

Manchester cloud business reaches for the sky with loan from NPIF

Manchester-based cloud and DevOps consultancy Steamhaus Ltd is expanding and creating 15 new jobs following an investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

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20/07/2017

FW Capital appoints new Investment Executive to Tees Valley office

FW Capital has expanded its North East investment team and appointed Keith Barnes as Investment Executive. Keith joins the flourishing team of 18 delivering part of the £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund in the North of England.

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28/06/2017

FW Capital appoints new Portfolio Executive in Manchester office

FW Capital has appointed Mark Gardiner as Portfolio Executive in the North West.

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21/06/2017

FW Capital performance bond helps Wilton Engineering win Hornsea One contract

Wilton Engineering (Wilton) has been awarded an £11 million contract to deliver 20 transition pieces for Steelwind, based in Germany. The project is part of Hornsea One, being developed by DONG Energy, which will be the largest offshore wind project in the UK. The contract has been supported by a performance bond loan from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund managed by FW Capital.

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13/06/2017

NPIF engineers first Tees Valley investment

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund has facilitated £250,000 worth of debt funding to engineering firm ENEX Group, marking NPIF’s first investment in the region since it was launched earlier this year with support from the Tees Valley Combined Authority. The investment was made by NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, an NPIF product fund managed by FW Capital Limited.

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08/06/2017

FW Capital strengthens Northern Powerhouse delivery with new Cumbria office and team

Following February's successful launch of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), FW Capital has announced the opening of an office in Cumbria which will be the base of two dedicated Investment Executives.

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05/05/2017

North of England-based fund manager FW Capital has appointed three new members of staff to its North East team.

FW Capital is responsible for investing the £102m NPIF FW Capital Debt Finance in the Tees Valley as well as the £10 million Tees Valley Catalyst Fund and the new £10 million North East Property Fund.

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12/04/2017

Money flowing to businesses from £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

The £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has announced the first investments following its launch in February, with more than £240,000 going to four SMEs.

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05/04/2017

New £10 million property fund launched in North East

A £10 million property fund aimed at supporting smaller scale North East construction and property development projects will provide an important boost for the construction industry.

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05/04/2017

Tony Cullen appointed as first North East Property Fund Investment Executive

Tony Cullen has been appointed as the first investment executive to the new North East Property Fund, managed by FW Capital and backed by the North East LEP and Santander.

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22/02/2017

£400m Fund launches for Northern SMEs

The British Business Bank has today launched its £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), aimed at boosting the North of England’s economy and helping the region’s businesses realise their growth potential.

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21/02/2017

Arcinova set to grow with £750,000 investment

Alnwick-based independent pharmaceutical contract research and development business Arcinova is set to grow thanks to a £750,000 loan from the North East Growth Plus Fund, managed by FW Capital.

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18/11/2016

WM Coulthard repays six-figure advanced payment guarantee loan

Northumberland-based company WM Coulthard has fully repaid an advanced payment guarantee loan from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund managed by FW Capital. The investment allowed the company to successfully bid on three contracts worth more than £2.2 million.

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22/07/2016

Longhorns continues expansion with six figure investment

Newcastle-upon-Tyne headquartered independent restaurant chain, Longhorns BBQ Smokehouse is expanding its central smokehouse kitchen in Ouseburn thanks to a six figure investment from the North East Growth Plus Fund managed by FW Capital.

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05/07/2016

Training boost for Pacifica after co-investment from FW Capital and HSBC

Pacifica’s domestic repair engineering training school is welcoming its new cohort this week. Eight new trainees are hoping to join 35 academy alumni who are now employed by the firm. The training academy has been made possible thanks to a co-investment by HSBC and FW Capital through the North East Growth Plus Fund.

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26/05/2016

Over 1,000 jobs secured as North East Growth Plus Fund reaches £20.5 million milestone

A fund for North East businesses which has invested £20.5 million and helped create or safeguard 1,016 jobs has secured another £3.75 million for 2016.

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25/05/2016

Allison Routledge joins FW Capital’s North East team

Allison has joined the Billingham office as an Investment Executive where she will be working with Nicky Atkinson to provide short term finance for North East businesses through the £10 million Tees Valley Catalyst Fund.

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19/05/2016

Funding boost helps Merseyside mariner’s growth plans

A Wirral-based company which hires out safety boats and equipment as well as trained crews is expanding and creating 3 jobs with a five figure loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

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11/04/2016

Local jobs boost as £400,000 North East Growth Plus Fund loan helps Furniture Clinic expand

A Durham company set up by father and son Keith and Ben Staerck in 2004 is expanding with the backing of a £400,000 loan from the North East Growth Fund which is managed by FW Capital.

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05/04/2016

Tees Valley Unlimited fund is catalyst for £128m economic boost

Loans totalling £10m from a fund set up by Tees Valley Unlimited in 2013 have helped boost the economy in the North East by £128m in the last two-and-a-half years.

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08/03/2016

Pearson are moving up in the world

Specialist international removals business, E Pearson and Sons (Teesside) Ltd (Pearson), is aiming to more than double turnover in the next few years after receiving a six-figure investment from FW Capital.

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01/02/2016

North East Growth Plus Fund backing helps Newcastle energy consultants go for growth with energy-saving product

An energy consultancy based in Newcastle is expanding with the backing of a six-figure mezzanine loan from the North East Growth Plus Fund managed by FW Capital.

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11/01/2016

Funding boost helps Merseyside survey specialists get the measure of lucrative new markets

A Merseyside business specialising in hi-tech precision measurement services has secured a £130,000 loan from Tthe North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

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17/12/2015

Leading UK subsea specialist contractors is the latest North East company to secure funding from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund managed by FW Capital

Darlington-based Modus Seabed Intervention (Modus), which is part of the Tompkins UK Group, has secured a £170,000 short-term loan from the fund to finance the performance and warranty bond required to deliver a £1.7million contract in the offshore wind sector.

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14/12/2015

C-Probe expands into eco-construction and takes on more staff in St Helens with a loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus

International corrosion management specialist, C-Probe is moving into the emerging sustainable, low carbon, low energy construction products market thanks to a £250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

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29/09/2015

Finance Wales Group appoints Gareth Bullock as new Chairman

Gareth Bullock has been appointed Chairman of the Finance Wales Group and will take up the role from 1st October.

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24/09/2015

First Tees Valley Catalyst Fund loan for an advanced payment guarantee helps Dunston company win multi-million-pound 3-year contract

A short-term loan from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund, which is managed by FW Capital, helped a Gateshead-based company to win a multi-million-pound 3-year contract with the Port of Felixstowe.

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23/09/2015

Loans from The North West Fund for Loans Plus top £35 million, creating or safeguarding 1,700 jobs

Established businesses throughout the North West have benefitted from over £51 million of investment since 2011 thanks to The North West Fund for Loans Plus, creating or safeguarding over 1,700 jobs.

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15/09/2015

£1.6 million loan from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund helps Newton Aycliffe company secure £15 million of new contracts

A market leader in undersea cable protection systems based in Newton Aycliffe, is the latest North East company to secure funding from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund managed by FW Capital.

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21/08/2015

Established Merseyside medical systems company expands with £250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus

An international medical systems integrator based in Birkenhead is expanding thanks to a £250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital

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27/07/2015

North East offshore and marine engineering company secures £1.9m Tees Valley Catalyst Fund loan

Offshore and marine systems specialist, Techflow Marine has secured a £1.9 million loan from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund to finance the bonding it needed to complete contracts for some of the world’s largest companies including, Korean giants Samsung Heavy Industries, Daewoo and Hyundai.

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24/07/2015

FW Capital celebrates 2 years in the Tees Valley

It’s now two years since FW Capital set up its Tees Valley office in Billingham and the company, which manages the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund, has teamed up with Billingham RUFC to celebrate.

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12/06/2015

North East agency expands to offer something different backed by the North East Growth Plus Fund

One of the North East’s leading creative agencies is reaping the rewards of a two- year expansion plan backed by the North East Growth Plus Fund which is managed by FW Capital.

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07/04/2015

OBAS UK eyes up future growth thanks to substantial loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus

It already supplies the UK’s builders, plumbers, painters and decorators with tens of thousands of products and now OBAS UK has further expansion planned.

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26/03/2015

£200,000 Tees Valley Catalyst Fund loan helps Copperchase win $6 million oil refinery contract

A Cramlington-based company has won a $6 million contract with Hyundai Engineering & Construction to construct a new security fence for an oil refinery in Karbala, Southern Iraq.

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26/03/2015

A multi-million public-private funding package helps TCC build its new contact centre at Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone

One of the Wirral’s largest employers, The Contact Company (TCC), is using a multi-million package of public and private funding from Barclays, The North West Fund for Loans Plus as well as the Regional Growth Fund to construct its new state-of-art contact centre on the Wirral.

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23/01/2015

FW Capital strengthens its North West team with the appointment of new Investment Executive, Loz O’Connor

FW Capital, which manages the North West Fund for Loans Plus, has strengthened its North West team, appointing former senior banker, Loz O’Connor as an Investment Executive.

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21/01/2015

Liverpool City Region LEP and The North West Fund for Loans Plus team up for Merseyside businesses

Eligible small and medium-sized businesses operating in Merseyside that take advantage of a new scheme between Liverpool City Region LEP and FW Capital.

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16/01/2015

FW Capital investment and Let’s Grow grant is the right funding formula for Rokshaw’s growth

A Sunderland-based specialist pharmaceutical company is expanding with the backing of a £350,000 mezzanine debt investment from the North East Growth Plus Fund managed by FW Capital and a £75,000 Let’s Grow grant.

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14/01/2015

The North West Fund for Loans Plus brews up a £150,000 loan for Bootle’s Joe Black Coffee

A Bootle coffee roaster whose coffee is served at top restaurants and coffee shops across the North West is expanding thanks to a £150,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital

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24/11/2014

FW Capital boosts North East team

FW Capital has strengthened its team in the North East with the appointment of Investment Executive, Keith Charlton. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Keith will make investments from the North East Growth Plus Fund, which FW Capital has managed since 2010.

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21/11/2014

Graham Ingham joins FW Capital’s Merseyside team

A familiar face in the North West’s business and corporate finance community has joined FW Capital, the company which manages The North West Fund for Loans Plus.

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13/11/2014

£250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus is an early Christmas present for wholesaler, Mail Order Online

A Southport wholesaler which sells seasonal goods has stocked up in time for Christmas thanks to a £250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

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29/10/2014

North East Expansion for Pioneering Catalyst Fund

A unique fund that helps Tees Valley companies bid for contracts, which create and sustain jobs in the area, is being expanded to outside the Tees Valley.

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21/10/2014

£250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus to spearhead further expansion at Bowdon Group

An engineering support services company based in Cheshire can now continue expanding thanks to a £250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

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11/08/2014

North East supply chain company goes from strength to strength after FW Capital investment as order book rises by 20%

Prudhoe-based supply chain management company, GMS is celebrating its recent recognition as the Premier Supplier for Europe & Asia by Joy Global, a world-leading name in the mining sector.

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01/08/2014

Concrete specialist set on new premises thanks to The North West Fund for Loans Plus

Concrete specialist set on new premises thanks to The North West Fund for Loans PlusFormwork Direct International LTD (Formwork), a leading supplier of Formwork and Falsework systems used in the construction industry has secured a six-figure investment from The North West Fund for Loans Plus, managed by FW Capital.

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05/06/2014

Beauty Works eyes up expansion backed by £750,000 loans from The North West Fund for Loans Plus

A leading hair extensions supplier whose products are worn by celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger has secured loans valued at £750,000 from The North West Fund for Loans Plus, managed by FW Capital.

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16/05/2014

Give and Gain Day 2014

Portfolio Executive Beccy Morely talks about FW Capital and Give and Gain Day.

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06/03/2014

Time to grow for software developer with a £500,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus

A Manchester-based legal software company is expanding with the backing of a £500,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

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04/12/2013

£500,000 FW Capital mezzanine investment backs Tees Valley Group’s global expansion

A specialist training, recruitment and management systems company is expanding its global operations in the oil and gas sector with the backing of a £500,000 mezzanine investment from FW Capital, the company which manages the North East Growth Plus Fund.

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18/11/2013

Punjab Paper rolls out growth vision after £250k loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus

A family owned toilet paper manufacturer and wholesaler based in Darwen has secured a £250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital to back its continued expansion.

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20/10/2013

New FW Capital team to spearhead investment of Tees Valley Catalyst Fund

FW Capital, the company which manages the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund has appointed a team of three to spearhead its investment operations in the Tees Valley.

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09/09/2013

FW Capital triumphs at North East Dealmakers Awards 2013

FW Capital has triumphed in two categories at the 2013 North East Dealmakers awards.

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24/07/2013

Robotics firm carves out its expansion with £100,000 North West Fund for Loans Plus

A Sefton-based company which machined architectural components for London 2012 is expanding with the backing of a £100,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

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22/07/2013

Noisy Drinks North West set for expansion following £105,000 investment

Noisy Drinks Company North West Ltd, the sole distributor of the Noisy Drinks iced-drinks range in the North West, North Wales and Staffordshire, has received a £105,000 loan from The North West Fund to fund its expansion.

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05/07/2013

Wilkinson Star stocks up with £200,000 North West Fund loan from FW Capital

Wilkinson Star, one of the UK’s largest welding equipment stockists is the latest company to benefit from a North West Fund for Business loan via FW Capital, the company which manages The North West Fund’s £35m Business Loans Fund.

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03/07/2013

North East expansion in the pipeline following cash injection from FW Capital

The management team at International Pipeline Products (iNPIPE PRODUCTS™) is using a £500,000 mezzanine investment from FW Capital to fund the company’s ambitious new expansion plans.

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28/06/2013

News release issued by Tees Valley Unlimited

A £10m fund, backed by the Government, has been launched by Tees Valley Unlimited to help companies bid for work to further strengthen the local economy.

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13/03/2013

£400,000 investment from FW Capital frames Fendor’s future expansion

A Tyne and Wear company which manufactures commercial glazing systems has received a £400,000 mezzanine investment from FW Capital. The investment from the North East Growth Plus Fund provides Fendor with the working capital it needs to continue expanding.

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03/10/2012

Cheshire business receives £190,000 loan from The North West Fund for Business Loans

The North West Fund for Business Loans, managed by FW Capital, has now lent over £8.5 million to businesses in the North West.

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03/10/2012

Manchester business receives six-figure loan from The North West Fund for Business Loans

The North West Fund for Business Loans, managed by FW Capital, has now lent over £8.5 million to businesses in the North West.

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21/06/2012

The UTS Group has expansion in the pipeline following FW Capital’s £700,000 investment

A leading Jarrow-based pipeline repair company is set for significant growth with the help of a £700,000 investment by FW Capital, the company which manages the North East Growth Plus Fund.

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25/05/2012

The 1st Group has sights set on expansion thanks to a substantial six- figure equity investment from FW Capital

Newcastle-based asset manager, the 1st Group has revealed plans to expand its range of services and enter new markets following a substantial six-figure equity investment from FW Capital, the company which manages the North East Growth Plus Fund.

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23/05/2012

FW Capital’s loans in the North West top the £6.5 million mark

Just over a year since making its first loan from The North West Fund for Business Loans, FW Capital has lent over £6.5 million to 42 established businesses in the North West.

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03/05/2012

Retail IT supplier, azurri has a gift for expansion with a £225,000 loan from FW Capital

Leading retail software and services company, azurri Computer Systems Ltd (azurri) has significant expansion planned, enabling it to help more UK charities increase their income from the UK tax incentive, Gift Aid.

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02/02/2012

120,000 loan from the North West Fund for Business Loans puts Merseyside company firmly in control of its expansion

A bespoke valve repair and service company is the second Merseyside business to benefit from a loan from the North West Fund for Business Loans managed by FW Capital.

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12/01/2012

Investment from FW Capital set to transform Quick Hydraulics’ future

With a new management team in place following a recent management buy-in (MBI), a Tyneside hydraulic systems manufacturer has expansion in mind thanks to a six figure investment from FW Capital.

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14/11/2011

Andy Traynor to spearhead FW Capital’s push into Lancashire and Cumbria

FW Capital, the company which manages the North West Fund for Business Loans, has expanded its team in the North West. Former business banker, Andy Traynor has joined the company as an investment executive.

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16/10/2011

Nick Munro has designs on business growth with a £75,000 loan from The North West Fund for Business Loans managed by FW Capital

The award-winning British designer Nick Munro who made his name by turning bed springs into egg cups has teamed up with FW Capital to expand NSM Trading, the wholesale arm of his design business.

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26/09/2011

FW Capital lends first £2 million to 13 businesses in the North West

FW Capital, the company which manages the North West Fund for Business Loans, has invested over £2 million through 13 deals since the Fund launched in December 2010.

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17/05/2011

Gavin Cowling joins FW Capital's North West Fund for Loans’ Team

FW Capital, the company which manages The North West Fund’s £35m Business Loans Fund has appointed Gavin Cowling as Senior Investment Executive, further strengthening its investment team in the North West.

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04/04/2011

Postal services success following investment

Totalpost Services plc will use a £150,000 loan from FW Capital to support its strategy of becoming one of the UK's top complete mailroom services suppliers.

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16/03/2011

Bastion secures investment for the future

A leading North East specialist security equipment manufacturer has raised £400,000 from FW Capital to support its future growth.

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19/02/2011

Tuff X manufactures expansion with £400,000 investment

Processed glass manufacturer, Tuff X, is gearing up for growth in existing and new markets using investment totalling £400,000 from FW Capital and Lloyds TSB Commercial.

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26/01/2011

Gary Guest joins FW Capital as Fund Manager

Fund management company, FW Capital has appointed Gary Guest as fund manager for the £35 million North West Fund for Business Loans, which is part of the recently-launched £184.8 million North West Fund. Guest will lead FW Capital’s team based in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.

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06/01/2011

Small-screen success as the Dene Group targets growth

Award-winning north east independent film and television production company, the Dene Group has secured investment totalling £795,000 to expand its operations and invest in new equipment.

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20/12/2010

The £185m North West Fund goes live

North West Business Finance Ltd (NWBF) with support from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Investment Bank is today (20th December 2010) ready to make investments from The North West Fund.

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16/07/2010

Joanne Pratt joins FW Capital as Senior Investment Executive

FW Capital has appointed Joanne Pratt as senior investment executive. The company manages the £20 million North East Growth Plus Fund which is part of the £125 million Finance for Business North East Fund. Pratt completes FW Capital’s team, joining Fund Manager, Andrew Coles and Investment Director, Peter Wright.

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21/01/2010

New fund for North East

FW Capital’s £20 million growth fund is part of the £125 million North East JEREMIE fund. FW Capital will make commercial debt and equity investments (up to a maximum of £1.25 million a year) in established businesses based in the North East of England.

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