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NPIF has seen another busy quarter for deals, with a variety of equity finance, debt finance and microfinance transactions completed across the regions. Our fund managers are working hard to deliver vital investment that will allow businesses to purchase new equipment, create new jobs and move to new premises, in turn facilitating new opportunities across the Northern Powerhouse. 

Here are some of our recent investments.

iAM Compliant

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Cheshire-based iAM Compliant, developers of a safety management, premiss and compliance tool for schools, businesses, visitor attractions and other institutions, secured a £1m investment from NPIF – Maven Equity Finance in March 2021. Funding will be used to accelerate the build out of the iAM learning library, a cloud-based content as a service that provides a range of eLearning topics and offers bespoke content build for larger international eLearning businesses.

Additive Manufacturing Technologies

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On course to become a world leader in 3D printing, Sheffield-based AMT has raised a further £2.5m in its latest funding round, that includes investment from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance. This brings the total raised by the company to over £7m to date, and follows its recent partnership with the global tech giant HP, positioning AMT’s technology as a preferred solution alongside its range of industrial 3D printers.

DA Techs

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Based in Chorley, automotive repair specialists DA Techs received a £250,000 investment from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, backed by CBILS. Responding to setbacks brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the business has used the funds to purchase new equipment and move to a larger premises, with new plans to create six new jobs as business bounces back.

All Round Fun

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Leisure equipment specialist All Retail Limited (All Round Fun), based in Manchester, secured a £500,000 investment from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance to provide working capital as the business continues to bounce back. As lockdown has restricted in-person sales, the business now sells products through its website and other online channels, with revenue expected to reach £6m in 2021.

The Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company

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Malton-based specialist pie maker The Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company secured a £150,000 investment, that included £50,000 from NPIF – BEF & FFE Microfinance and £100,000 directly from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF). Best-known for hand crafting its staple ‘Puddies’, funding will help the business complete a new manufacturing facility and double its workforce with five new staff.

Oxton Civil Solutions

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NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance provided Warrington engineering and groundworks company Oxton Civil Solutions with a £50,000 investment. Founded in 2020, the funding boost will create extra
headroom for the business, allowing it to take on further contract opportunities and bring in more experienced engineers.

 

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.

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