A leading North West biomedical research company received a £300k investment from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).
Alderley Analytical is a bioanalytical contract research company which supports the development of new drugs by measuring their levels in biological fluid samples, mainly blood and plasma, taken in both preclinical and clinical trials.
Set up in 2014 by Elizabeth Thomas, Paul Holme, Claire Wildgoose and Sally Hannam, the company was one of the first to move into the new Alderley Park Science Park (formerly the AstraZeneca R&D site) in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Alderley Analytical currently employs 21 staff and has grown turnover from £33K in 2014 to over £1m last year. The company expects turnover to increase by more than 60% in 2019 with at least 6 more jobs to be created.
CEO Elizabeth Thomas said: “The funding has been used to recruit new staff and buy a new Mass Spectrometer, a high-tech piece of equipment which is used to measure drug levels in biological fluids. The data we generate leads to the right dose getting to the right patient and ultimately helps to get new medicines to market.
“The team at FW Capital were superb to deal with. We had a tight deadline in which to secure the funding which required expert advice, support and a lot of hard work on their part. They provide funding of up to £750k in any one company so we see them as long term investment partners for the future.”
FW Capital senior investment executive Gavin Cowling said: “The North West is a real hotbed for the life sciences sector with Liverpool and Manchester Science Parks, Alderley Park and Sci-Tech Daresbury all in the region.
“Alderley Analytical is an exciting business with plenty of growth prospects and a solid pipeline of work. The company is run by a strong management team which includes scientific and commercial expertise.
“We are delighted to be supporting Alderley Analytical and would encourage other life science businesses to come and speak to us if they need finance for growth.”
Sue Barnard, Senior Relationship Manager at British Businesss Bank, said: “It is great to see NPIF funding going towards biomedical companies like Alderley Analytical, which are enabling the rapid development of new drugs around the world.
“We aim to work closely with our fund managers on the ground, to bring more opportunities like this to other small and medium sized businesses in Cheshire and the wider Northern Powerhouse region.”
The Northern Powerhouse 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.
FW Capital Limited is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as a small authorised UK Alternative Investment Fund Manager under firm reference number 506719