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
Rachael's new role focuses on working with businesses from
across the region that are looking to win investment from the
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, which provides a mix of debt
and mezzanine funding of between £100,000 and £750,000 to small and
She has joined FW Capital after spending the last four and a
half years with Santander Corporate Banking, where, as relationship
director, she managed a portfolio of 75 North East firms with
turnovers ranging between £1millon and £25million.
Rachael will be based in FW Capital's Teesside office, but will
be spending much of her time out and about, developing new
relationships with businesses around the region and working with
the firms in which FW Capital has already made investments.
She previously worked for Barclays Bank plc and Randstad Ltd,
and as well as having an honours degree in Finance & Investment
Management from Northumbria University, she also holds a Level Four
Diploma in Business and Commercial Banking and Conduct.
She says: "I'd come across FW Capital during my previous role
and they had a good reputation in the sector, so when I saw this
role was available, I was keen to take it on.
"My years of working closely with SMEs, assessing their
commercial situations and requirements, and finding the right types
of financial packages for them has given me a lot of experience
that is directly relevant to this new role, and the interesting
investment options that FW Capital provides will give me an
excellent chance to make sure of it.
"It's been a very busy start, with a number of deals already in
progress and many more opportunities in the pipeline, and I'm
looking to get into the regional business community to build new
relationships with companies that are looking to expand."
Operating from the British Business Bank’s Sheffield head
office, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund 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
Joanne Whitfield, fund manager at FW Capital, adds: “Rachael is
a highly qualified and impressive individual who has a detailed
knowledge and understanding of the North East economy.
"Her insight will be invaluable in identifying businesses that
could benefit from joining our Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
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
For further information on the Northern Powerhouse Investment
Fund and FW Capital's investment criteria, visit www.fwcapital.co.uk or contact
the investment team on 0191 269 6969.