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JH Mechanical Services ll

Partner:FW Capital

Region:Tees Valley


Programme:Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Business woman in a red dress standing in front of four business men. They are outside standing near a brick wall with signage for Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Stockton-based JH Mechanical Services Ltd has received a six-figure NPIF loan backed by CBILS from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, which is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

A family-run business, JH Mechanical specialises in mechanical, electrical and water management services and will use the funding to develop its workforce. Two new apprentices are set to be employed, whilst apprentices already at the business are set to be brought back from furlough on a part-time basis to ensure they have enough time to achieve their qualifications this year.

The investment follows a recent announcement by JH to create a further five new jobs after securing a fixed-term contract with Cleveland Fire Brigade. The project will see JH Mechanical undertake the mechanical and electrical maintenance of all the brigade’s buildings and estates for the next five years.

JH Mechanical received an initial investment of £250,000 through FW Capital in March 2019 to support ongoing growth and reached a turnover of £1.75m in the last financial year.

Dave Hawkins, FW Capital Portfolio Executive, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to support JH Mechanical during these uncertain times. The business has demonstrated good growth with a number of high quality contracts secured in the last 18 months. This funding enables JH to service client needs and continue to develop their workforce through apprenticeships. The CBILS funds allow us to do everything we can to assist businesses and to create and safeguard jobs for our region.”

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses that are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cash flow.

Heather Heward, Financial Director at JH Mechanical, said: “FW Capital is a supportive long-term growth partner and is always ready to go the extra mile for us. We’re grateful for this funding which has allowed us to continue our growth plan and secure future careers.”

Mark Wilcockson, Senior Manager  at British Business Bank, said: “NPIF continues to provide vital funding to Northern businesses across the region. We are pleased to continue this support, and are proud to work in partnership with FW Capital and our other appointed fund managers to make a real impact on business communities, creating jobs and strengthening regional economies to unlock the North’s potential.”

Operating from the British Business Bank’s Sheffield head office, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides a mix of debt and equity funding (£25,000 to £2m).  It works alongside ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the combined authorities and Growth Hubs, as well as local accountants, fund managers and banks, to support Northern-based SMEs at all stages of their development.

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.

Delivered by the British Business Bank, via NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, CBILS will support the continued provision of finance to UK smaller businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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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