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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.

The North West Fund for Business Loans makes debt investments of between £50,000 and £250,000 in viable small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) based in the North West of England.

Commenting on the appointment, investment director, Peter Wright said: “This is a very exciting time for businesses in the North West and for FW Capital. The North West Fund is excellent news and I’m pleased to welcome Gary to lead FW Capital’s team in the North West. Gary is an experienced investment professional with a strong track record of investing in small and medium-sized businesses.”

A former relationship director with Santander in Manchester, Guest has worked with SMEs in the North West for a number of years.

Manchester-based Guest will now use his extensive experience to work with businesses to structure the right debt investment packages.

Guest is pleased to join FW Capital: “I’m pleased to join FW Capital to spearhead its activities in the North West. The North West Fund will play an increasingly important role in the growth of many businesses based in the North West.

“The £35 million fund FW Capital manages will make debt investments from £50,000 to £250,000 in viable, growing SMEs and I’m keen to use my investment experience and expertise to help businesses maximise the potential of any debt investments they receive."

Andy Leach, chief executive of The North West Fund said: “We are delighted that Gary is joining FW Capital to manage The North West Fund for Business Loans. This element of The North West Fund has a very important role to play as the region’s SMEs grow into the recovery. Consequently, to have someone of Gary’s experience leading the FW Capital team is most welcome. We wish Gary every success in his new role and, personally, I look forward to working closely with him and his team.”

FW Capital is part of the Finance Wales Group, one of the UK’s largest SME investment companies. The Finance Wales Group manages funds of more than £335 million and has invested over £183 million. It invested a record £37 million in SMEs in the 2009-10 financial year through 246 equity and debt investments.

To find out more about the North West Fund for Business Loans contact us.

*The North West Fund for Business Loans has now been replaced by The North West Fund for Loans Plus.

North West Fund Loans Plus