LEP cash injection boosts Finance Yorkshire fund
FINANCE YORKSHIRE is on the hunt for new investment opportunities after announcing a £5m extension fund to support SMEs in the Leeds and Sheffield city regions.
Finance Yorkshire’s investment fund has been extended following an injection of fresh capital from two of the region’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
Funding of £5m has been allocated by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership LEP and Sheffield City Region LEP, supported by their respective combined authorities. This follows the full investment of Finance Yorkshire’s £113m fund in June this year.
Finance Yorkshire is now looking for new investment opportunities in companies that require gap funding to realise their growth ambitions and employ more people.
Since its inception in 2010, Finance Yorkshire has invested in more than 470 companies, enabling those businesses to increase their turnover by a total of £452m and attract a further £286m from private sector sources. Finance Yorkshire says its investment has helped those SMEs to create and safeguard more than 13,400 jobs in the region.
The new funding support from the two LEPs enables regional investment activity to be managed by Finance Yorkshire up until the introduction of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
James Newman, chairman of Finance Yorkshire, said: “The full investment of our original fund was a fantastic achievement by everyone involved at Finance Yorkshire. The investments have enabled hundreds of SMEs across a wide range of industry sectors to expand their team, invest in equipment and open up new markets.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to secure additional funding to help even more SME’s and further boost the economy of our region.”
Finance Yorkshire chief executive Alex McWhirter added: “We know that many companies are in good shape but nonetheless find it difficult to access funding. Our investments play an important role in filling that funding gap.
“The full investment of our original fund was an exceptional achievement but we are mindful of the need to provide continued support for regional SMEs. I’m grateful to our partners in the Leeds and Sheffield City Region LEPs for working with us to secure this extension fund, which will be invested up until March 2017.
“We look forward to talking to regional businesses about their funding requirements and will continue to work closely with business advisors to highlight the investment opportunities available.”