South West regional fund manager expands its Bristol team

One of the UK’s largest regional fund managers has welcomed a new member to its Bristol team.

Ben Donati joins FW Capital as an investment executive and will be located at the firm’s offices at Broad Quay which is headed up by fund manager David Goodall.

The team is focused on delivering finance to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bristol, Gloucestershire, North and North East Somerset and Wiltshire through the British Business Bank’s £200m South West Investment Fund.

Ben is an experienced finance professional with over six years’ experience working as an accountant. He trained at EY and has also worked at Bishop Fleming and most recently at PKF-Francis Clark as an Audit Senior.

David Goodall, FW Capital Fund Manager said: “I’m delighted that Ben has chosen to join FW Capital as we continue our exciting journey to provide financial support to local businesses. Ben’s accountancy background is a great asset to our team and his experience will benefit many businesses who are seeking funding from the South West Investment Fund.”

Ben Donati, Investment Executive at FW Capital added: “I’ve always had a passion for finance and I’m looking forward to providing funding for growing SME businesses in the South West and being able to make a real impact on the local economy. Many business owners don’t fully understand what funding is available and don’t know where to turn if they can’t get finance from traditional lenders. FW Capital are bridging the funding gap and I’m excited to join the team and help more SMEs realise their ambitions by accessing the South West Investment Fund.”

The South West Investment Fund covers the entire South West region and provides loans from £25k to £2m and equity investment up to £5m to help small and medium sized businesses to start up, scale up or stay ahead. Fund manager FW Capital provides debt finance using the South West Investment Fund to businesses in Bristol, Gloucestershire, North and North East Somerset and Wiltshire.