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
With over 12 years’ venture capital and investment experience,
Keith was previously NEL Fund Managers’ Finance Director.
Having held the post of Finance Director at a number of SMEs in the
North East, he has experience of securing and exiting
investments. He has also held a number of other fund-raising
and consultancy roles.
Newcastle-based Keith will now work closely with Michael
Vassallo who has recently been promoted to Senior Investment
Keith will use his extensive experience to identify and
structure debt, mezzanine and equity investments from the Growth
Plus Fund which is one of seven funds in the ground-breaking
Finance For Business North East programme.
FW Capital’s recent investment in Pacifica Group is the
programme’s 650th investment.
“FW Capital is now a well-regarded and award-winning fund
manager in the North East. Over the last five years, it has
backed numerous businesses throughout the region, significantly
boosting their prospects. It has also backed them through
tough times and established a reputation for adopting a flexible
“I’m pleased to join the company at an exciting time and I’m
looking forward to working with my contacts to ensure even more
businesses make the most of the funding and expertise on offer from
FW Capital,” Keith explained.
Welcoming Keith to the team, Fund Manager Joanne Pratt said:
“Since launching the North East Growth Plus Fund in 2010, FW
Capital has continued to expand its presence in the North
East. We started investing the pioneering Tees Valley
Catalyst Fund in 2013 and its remit has recently been extended to
the whole of the North East.
“Keith is an important addition to the team. He has an
impressive track record and brings a valuable blend of expertise
and experience gained from having worked in investment as well as
for businesses that have secured investment. He’s also
well-networked in the finance and business community locally.”
SMEs seeking investment can contact
Keith at FW Capital’s Newcastle offices at Clavering House,
Clavering Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NG.