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Image caption: Steve Waud, CEO, Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) and Andrew Austwick, Managing Director, Finance For Enterprise (FFE) With Grant Peggie of British Business Bank at Steel City House Sheffield 11 February 2022 All Images Copyright Paul David Drabble - All rights Reserved - Moral Rights Asserted -

15th February 2022

New funding released by Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund to help local SMEs


Northern Powerhouse Investment FundNPIF - BEF & FFE Microfinance

Businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber, and Tees Valley are set to benefit from an additional £5m of funding from NPIF – BEF & FFE Microfinance, which is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Responsible finance providers Finance For Enterprise (“FFE”) & Business Enterprise Fund (“BEF”) were appointed in 2017 to manage NPIF – BEF & FFE Microfinance and have already invested more than £9.5m into 210 businesses within the region.

This new allocation will increase the fund size from £10m to £15m and enable the two lenders to continue their support to start-ups, early-stage and more established businesses that are looking to grow.

Microfinance loans range between £25,000 and £100,000 and are designed to provide businesses with funding that can be used for a wide range of purposes. This includes filling gaps in working capital, funding expansion projects, investing in new equipment, leasing commercial premises, hiring new staff and more.

Andrew Austwick, Managing Director of FFE said: “This additional investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund will help more businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber, and Tees Valley to access the vital funds needed to realise their potential. When businesses prosper, the whole of society benefits. NPIF plays a critical role in helping to create and retain skilled jobs within the regional economy, as well as assisting businesses to secure the funds needed to invest, innovate and adapt to a challenging economic climate.”

Grant Peggie at the British Business Bank, said: “Providing Microfinance loans of £25,000 to £100,000 has played an important part in the success of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. They have provided vital capital to small businesses to support their growth particularly as we come out of the Pandemic.. We congratulate Finance For Enterprise and Business Enterprise Fund on securing this additional funding, and look forward to seeing its impact as  it support more small growing businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Tees Valley.”

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project (NPIF) 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.

Business Enterprise Fund is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 726237)

Donbac Limited t/a Finance For Enterprise are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under FRN 718612. Information Commissioner Office Registered Z153621X

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