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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.

Located at Cumbria LEP Conference Centre in Penrith, FW Capital will be more accessible to Cumbria SMEs, enabling them to gain greater access to the NPIF funds available through NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance.  Maria Ramsdale, the first of two Investment Executives who will be working out of the Penrith office is excited about the prospect of Cumbria-based businesses having as much access to the fund as those based in the larger cities of the North of England. 

Boasting over twenty years' experience in banking, Maria brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to FW Capital.  As a resident of Penrith for the last 23 years, she understands the local market and indeed the challenges businesses face in the region. Talking about her new appointment, Maria says:

“I’m delighted to have joined FW Capital at the beginning of this exciting new fund.  FW Capital has an excellent reputation in the SME funding market and I’m excited about bringing this to local Cumbria advisors and businesses.”

FW Capital already operates from 5 offices in the North of England and the opening of the Cumbria office reaffirms their belief that there are many high quality, growing SMEs in the region which can benefit from the NPIF fund.

Commenting on the importance of the NPIF funds for the region, Cumbria LEP chair George Beveridge says: “This is about improving funding options and opportunities to support  businesses across the county. It will complement the business support activity already delivering jobs and growth here, and it will be an important part of the finance mix alongside banks and other gap funding programmes.”

NPIF is a collaboration between the government-owned British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), combining £400m of funding in order to enhance the Government’s Northern Powerhouse vision. Thrilled to play a role within the latest phase of the programme, Gary Guest, Fund Manager of FW Capital says:

“The appointment of Maria to the FW Capital team is an important part of our commitment to delivering NPIF funds across the region.  Her local knowledge and experience will be crucial in ensuring that SMEs in Cumbria benefit from their fair share of the NPIF fund.”

FW Capital provides loans between £100,000 and £750,000; helping local businesses reach full potential whilst boosting the Northern economy.