Fund launched to support high-growth SMEs across the Midlands

November 14, 2017

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active private equity houses and investor in SMEs, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) to manage a £50m MEIF – Maven Debt Finance fund in the West Midlands. This provision is part of the wider £250million MEIF package, £120million of which is now available to support growing SMEs, operated by the British Business Bank.
MEIF – Maven Debt Finance is focused on providing finance to high-potential businesses located in the West Midlands region, where it can offer funding of between £100,000 and £1.5 million to each SME.
MEIF was announced in the March 2016 Budget, and is a partnership between the British Business Bank (BBB) and Midlands LEPs, with the aim of boosting the region’s economy and supporting the growth ambitions ofits smaller businesses. Maven Capital Partners UK LLP has been appointed to manage the MEIF Debt Fund across both West Midlands and East & South East Midlands regions, targeting businesses with an operational trading base in the region and a strategy for growth.
Across the territory covered by MEIF many viable, dynamic SMEs, with innovative products and services, strong business plans and highly capable management teams, are struggling to access the funding that will allow them to develop their businesses and market offering. MEIF is looking to address this, with a particular focus on supporting the growth aspirations of high-potential SMEs that can contribute to regional economic development, job creation and innovation. Its objective is to produce greater levels of investment in smaller businesses, and increased flexibility in the type of funding available to those businesses.
The Maven team has been one of the UK’s most active SME investors since 2004, on behalf of a range of client funds. With a long-established regional team already operating across the MEIF areas, and supported by a UK wide office network, and a number of new investment executive appointments currently in process, Maven is well resourced to provide the necessary support to MEIF portfolio companies, both in terms of the initial investment process and ongoing support as those businesses grow.
Patrick Magee, Chief Commercial Officer at the British Business Bank said “The Midlands Engine Investment Fund will build relationships with the region’s diverse small business community, through its appointed fund managers and its own relationship managers. MEIF will play a pivotal role in plugging the gaps currently present in the funding landscape, seeking to ensure that all businesses have access to the finance they need to grow. Maven will have an instrumental role in the successful allocation of the fund, and we’re looking forward to working with the team to mobilise fast-growth businesses across the region.”
Andrew Ferguson, Partner, Maven Capital Partners UK LLP, said “Maven has many years’ experience of investing in and supporting SMEs across the Midlands. We are one of the UK’s most experienced and active private equity fund managers, and are delighted to be working with the British Business Bank to deliver the objectives of the MEIF. The Midlands has a deserved reputation as being a key driver in UK economic growth and producing innovative smaller businesses, and there remains a clear need for this type of funding to help high-growth Midlands SMEs fulfil their potential. Our MEIF Debt Fund team is very much looking forward to working in partnership alongside Midlands SMEs.”
The Midlands Engine 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 Investment Bank. The initiative is also supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as well as ten Local Enterprise Partnerships across the region’s geography.

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