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22nd October 2019

Beechbrook strengthens UK team and completes another investment

Leading SME direct lender Beechbrook Capital has appointed Paul Whitehouse as investment director to head up deal origination and execution activity across the Midlands. With over 30 years’ experience, Paul joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where he spent the last two decades focusing on corporate and leveraged finance transactions across the Midlands.

11th October 2019

£2 million funding for the third sector in Wales

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and Landsker Business Solutions have been appointed by the Development Bank of Wales to deliver £2 million of ring-fenced funding for social enterprises in Wales. 

10th October 2019

Mum's skincare company wins £45K Development Bank of Wales loan

When George Jones' son developed terrible eczema as a child, she was unable to find any products that didn't aggravate his condition so she set out to create her own by launching Bathing Beauty from her kitchen table in 2010.  Now, thanks to a £45,000 loan from Development Bank of Wales, the ethical skincare company is expanding to meet the ever-increasing demand for its products.

10th October 2019

Blend Network completes largest deal to date and reaches £3m Midlands lending milestone

Blend Network, a leading property investment platform specialising in funding low-cost, accessible housing developments outside of London has announced its largest deal so far with a £2,335,000 loan to finance the acquisition and redevelopment of a key Stafford office building into residential departments. This milestone highlights BLEND Network’s commitment to the Midlands, with loans extended by the company to fund low-cost and accessible housing projects in the region now totaling over £3million over the past four months.

4th October 2019

EarthSense receives £100,000 growth debt funding package from MEIF Maven Debt Finance

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s leading SME finance providers, has provided EarthSense Systems Limited, air quality monitoring and modelling data firm, with a £100,000 loan.

20th September 2019

British Business Investments provides £25m line to NW asset finance provider Kingsway

British Business Investments (BBI), a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, has announced a new £25m commitment to Cheshire-based asset finance specialist and alternative lender, Kingsway Finance Ltd.

The commitment is a revolving credit facility provided through BBI’s Investment Programme, which is designed to increase the supply and diversity of finance for smaller businesses by boosting the lending capacity of challenger banks and non-bank lenders.

The facility will be used to support Kingsway’s growth plans for the provision of lease finance, commercial loans and professions loans to smaller businesses across the UK.

19th September 2019

Record number of lenders and borrowers involved in P2P lending

At the end of the second quarter of this year, more than 150,000 lenders were invested in 321,483 loans facilitated by Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) platforms – a record level of involvement in the sector. 

13th September 2019

Modest Trends steps forward £12k from Development Bank of Wales

A businesswoman has achieved her dream of opening a shop in Cardiff to sell clothes that combine fashion with traditional spiritual values with the help of a loan from the Development Bank of Wales.

4th September 2019

Ortho Solutions secures £2m from IGF to develop enhanced surgical procedures

Ortho Solutions, a specialist orthopaedic design manufacturer, has secured a £2 million funding facility from Independent Growth Finance (IGF) to develop a new range of innovative medical solutions. Founded in 2001, the privately-owned Essex based manufacturer supplies NHS and private hospitals throughout the UK with implant systems used in foot and ankle surgery.

4th September 2019

Development Bank of Wales funding transforms Llandudno’s old Lifeboat Station

A new indoor climbing centre has opened in the old boathouse in Llandudno, thanks to a £50,000 loan from the Development Bank of Wales.

3rd September 2019

Kare Plus secures £910,000 loan from Maven to expand care network


Kare Plus National Limited has received a £910,000 loan from MEIF Maven WM Debt Finance, part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.


28th August 2019

Esme Loans reaches £70million of lending to UK SMEs

Esme Loans, the standalone digital lending platform for SMEs and scale up businesses, has now lent over £70million to UK businesses.

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