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04 May 2012

Spring 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to our quarterly newsletter for Spring 2012

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  The first quarter of 2012 has been our busiest-ever quarter for new investment. Our six fund managers have invested £9.6 million in 30 North West businesses and the pipeline for deals in quarter two remains strong. Welcome to our Spring 2012 newsletter...  
           
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/ANDY LEACH, CEO, NWBF...
A GREAT START TO 2012
We started 2012 in an optimistic frame of mind. Yet the deals completed by our Fund Managers have surpassed those expectations and we have had our busiest quarter so far - with a strong pipeline for the rest of 2012.
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  Zutux
/ZUTUX ... 'PART OF THE FURNITURE' AT THE FUND
While many UK manufacturers outsource production to cheaper economies, one of our investee companies, Zutux Ltd is building everything it sells in the North West. Here Roger Butterworth, managing director at Zutux, describes their plans for growth.
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/PENNY ATTRIDGE ... ADDS 'SPARKLE' TO DOWNING ST
Penny Attridge, of SPARK Impact, manager of The North West Fund for Biomedical, had the chance to visit Downing Street and speak to Prime Minister, David Cameron with a select group of representatives, about the importance of business angel investment.
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  Rock Networks  
/CREATING GROWTH AND JOBS IN THE NORTH WEST
Golborne-based voice and data specialist, Rock Networks has plans to create 18 jobs in the region. Nearly 12 months after receiving the investment, Stewart DeRoma, managing director, explains how funding from The North West Fund is helping his business.
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/FUND MANAGER ROUND UP ... HIGHLIGHTS FROM Q1
It has been a busy quarter for the fund managers at The North West Fund, investing £9.6m into 30 businesses. In this article each fund manager picks out some of their notable investments from the past quarter.
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/TONY ATTARD ... EXPORTING FAR AND WIDE
The thought of exporting to grow sales can be daunting for some company directors but Tony Attard, Chair of IoD North West and Group CEO of fabric manufacturer, Panaz, explains how exporting can be the key to business success.
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