FW Capital passes £100m investments landmark
The total value of investments made by fund manager FW
Capital has passed the £100 million mark since it opened for
business in 2010.
Part of the Development Bank of Wales Group, FW Capital
established its first office in Newcastle in 2010 to support the
investment of the £20m Finance For Business North East Growth Plus
Since then, it has opened five more offices across the north of
England and has launched six further funds aimed at growing
businesses in the North West and North East of England.
These funds have invested a total of £54m across the North West
and £46m in the North East which has helped to create and safeguard
over 6,300 jobs as a result.
To further underline FW Capital’s long-term economic impact in
the region, these investments have also helped to leverage an
additional £191m of private sector investment.
FW Capital now has £191m of funds under management, employs 25
people across its six offices and is continuing to look for further
applications from businesses to the four live funds that it is
NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse
Investment Fund provides growth capital investments from £100k to
£750k to expanding businesses across North West England, and the
Tees Valley, giving them access to the capital they need to realise
their expansion plans through investing in new equipment, premises,
staff, systems, product lines and a wide variety of other uses.
The Tees Valley Catalyst Fund offers short-term debt investments
to fund advanced payment guarantees, performance and warranty
bonds, or extend existing bond facilities, while the North East
Property Fund offers short-term loans for small and medium-sized
construction and property development companies for residential and
non-speculative commercial developments in Tyne & Wear,
Northumberland, and County Durham.
Joanne Whitfield, North East fund manager at FW Capital,
says: “Our investments have been used for many different
purposes, and we've seen a significant number of the businesses
we've worked with go on to achieve national and even international
"Reaching this landmark is a real justification of our decision
almost a decade ago to establish an active presence in England, as
well as of the quality, ambition and success of the hundreds of
businesses with which we've worked since.
"We’re so pleased that our investments have helped out customers
to attract almost £300m of additional capital, which shows the
tangible positive impact that our work has on their
Gary Guest, North West fund manager at FW Capital,
adds: "FW Capital has made its own long-term commitment to
being part of the economy of Northern England, with long-standing
team members based right across the area who understand what
growing local businesses need to help them make progress, and we've
developed strong partnerships with a range of stakeholders who are
driving its continuing economic development.
"Demand remains strong for investments and loans from our
different funds, and we're actively looking to work with many more
regional businesses in the years to come."
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says: “I am
delighted to see a number of Tees Valley businesses benefitting
from various investment funds across our region. I’m especially
pleased to see the £20million we have committed to the Northern
Powerhouse Investment Fund being used to back our job creators, as
well as the £10million Catalyst Fund supporting our exporters.
“I’m grateful to FW Capital for their ongoing work administering
and managing these funds to ensure businesses get the support they
Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank,
adds: “FW Capital and our other appointed fund managers to
the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund have been instrumental to
the delivery of vital funds to SMEs across the north. Together, we
have helped businesses across a range of sectors access new markets
and invest in growth, and we look forward to continuing our
partnership to enable even more ambitious companies to achieve
their growth objectives in the months ahead.”
Operating from the British Business Bank’s Sheffield head
office, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides a mix of
debt and equity funding (£25,000 to £2m). It 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