Inspiring Local Entrepreneurs; Accessing Finance - the North West Fund Advertising Feature

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THE North West Fund is a PS155m investment fund, now two years old, with a strong portfolio of growing businesses. To date, the Fund has invested more than PS45m in the North West, including over PS13m into more than 50 businesses in Merseyside.

The Fund supports smallto-medium-sized businesses across the North West with investments of between PS50,000 and PS2m.

This finance is already helping businesses in Merseyside and the rest of the region to meet their growth aspirations, while creating jobs and prosperity for the future.

The North West Fund comprises six sub-funds, each managed by a specialist fund manager who supports businesses at each stage of development: ? The North West Fund for Venture Capital, managed by Enterprise Ventures, for new start-ups and early-stage businesses looking to grow; ? The North West Fund for Loans Plus, managed by FW Capital, which provides debt finance options for businesses; ? The North West Fund for Mezzanine, managed by Enterprise Ventures, for established businesses looking to expand; Three sector funds, covering: ? Biomedical, managed by SPARK Impact ? Energy & Environmental, managed by CT Investment Partners ? Digital & Creative, managed by AXM Venture Capital The Fund has already invested in a broad range of Merseyside businesses, each with an inspiring story to tell about their plans for growth. You can read more about these businesses in the case studies section on The North West Fund website. In the meantime, here are just a few of the Fund's 'Inspiring Entrepreneurs': Chris Meehan, managing director at Sentric Music In May 2012, The North West Fund for Digital & Creative, managed by AXM Venture Capital Limited, made an equity investment into Sentric Music Limited, which operates an online music royalty management and licensing service.

It was the Digital & Creative Fund's fifth investment in Merseyside. It financed Sentric's ongoing investment in its online platform and the expansion of its Liverpool- based client management team to support the company's growth in overseas markets.

Managing director Chris Meehan said: "The North West Fund for Digital & Creative fully understood our international growth plans, and have made an investment that will allow us to establish ourselves as a leading international music publisher for artists and businesses alike. …