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Image caption: Astute - FW Capital. Andy Castle (FW Capital) and Ian Whitfield from Alpha Card who are based in Rawdon, Leeds. ©Victor De Jesus/UNP

12th January 2022

Alpha Card creates jobs following NPIF – FW Capital investment

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Northern Powerhouse Investment FundNPIF FW Capital Debt FinanceLeeds City Region LEP

Leeds-based manufacturer of printed marketing and communication materials Alpha Card Compact Media Ltd has secured a six-figure investment through NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

An international exporter, Alpha Card has over 15 years’ experience of manufacturing and distributing hundreds of millions of printed marketing materials, such as Z-Fold Cards and Infinity Folding Cards, throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.

The business’ portable, retainable and reusable devices are used in virtually every sector for diverse applications. Its clients range from the creative industry, government, education, sport and charity through to major high street names and multinationals such as Shell and Toyota.With sustainability a key consideration, Alpha Card’s standard paper and board stocks are FSC certified from sustainable forestry sources and they print using vegetable-based inks.

The investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund will provide additional working capital for export growth and will allow the company to expand into new markets. Funding will also lead to  the creation of four new roles at the business, as it looks to grow the numbers of staff.The deal was facilitated by FW Capital Investment Executive Andy Castle.

FW Capital Investment Executive Andy Castle said: “We are delighted to support Alpha Card, a highly-regarded company that has the manufacturing expertise to deliver industry-leading products both quickly and efficiently. Alpha Card has created new jobs with this investment and has forecasted continued growth, meaning their important products can now be delivered to even more clients.”

Ian Whitfield, Alpha Card Managing Director, said: “At Alpha Card, we are passionate about creating engagement for our clients with their audiences using clever printed marketing. We pride ourselves on our vast product knowledge and adaptability and work tirelessly to maximise value for all our clients.

“This investment from FW Capital will support us as we create new jobs and expand into new markets. The funding process was efficient and straightforward and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend FW Capital.”

FW Capital provides loans of £100,000 to £750,000 to businesses based in the NPIF region with a focus on the North West, Cumbria and Tees Valley.

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

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