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29 August 2012

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to our quarterly newsletter for Summer 2012

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  Welcome to our Summer 2012 Newsletter. It has been another eventful quarter for The North West Fund, with the completion of our 100th investment, our first portfolio networking event and strong growth progress from our investee companies...  
           
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/JOHN McGUIRE, INTERIM CEO, NWBF... INSPIRE AND GROW

As Interim CEO of North West Business Finance, managers of The North West Fund, John McGuire reports on an active summer quarter which saw The Fund complete its 100th investment.

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/PROGRESS STORIES ... INVESTING FOR GROWTH

As The Fund is now over 18 months old, we revisit some of our investee companies to find out how their businesses are progressing since receiving business growth funding from The North West Fund. 

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/EVENTS...THE FUND ON TOUR ACROSS THE NORTH WEST 

It has been an 'eventful' summer for The Fund, we have toured the region supporting and hosting a number of business finance events. In this article we review some of the highlights.

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/ADAM WORKMAN...THE NORTH WEST ENERGY CORRIDOR

With excellent connections along the North West Energy Corridor and the huge potential of clean energy, now is the time for businesses to help make the North West a European leader for energy.

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/FUND MANAGER ROUND UP ... HIGHLIGHTS FROM Q2

Having completed over 100 investments to date, our fund managers pick out some of their notable investments from the past quarter.

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/ROBERT HOUGH ... CHAIR OF LIVERPOOL CITY REGION LEP 

Robert Hough considers the support The Fund has provided for entrepreneurs based in or relocating to the Liverpool City Region.   

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INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURS

Our entrepreneurs all have inspiring stories to tell about their experience of accessing finance from The North West Fund. Click here to visit our case studies page or click on the entrepreneurs below to watch their videos...

Ambitious Minds ACAL Energy Med ePad

Sean McGuire
Ambitious Minds

The business: A portfolio of financial training courses, and an interactive finance programme for schools, educating tomorrow's consumers.

"We had researched the market for two years, which gave us the opportunity to approach a funder to provide the working capital we needed to market and sell the product."

Amanda Lyne
ACAL Energy

The business: A fuel cell system developer with plans to commercialise its technology in off-grid power for telecommunications and automotive power.

"As it is a local fund you have the opportunity to get to know the people, and having a team who intimately understood our industry was really useful. The North West Fund sat as a key target for us when we were seeking funding."

Rob Connell
Med ePad

The business: An interactive, touch screen device for the healthcare sector, with a potential market of over 15 million sufferers.

"Having been refused funding from banks due to the economic climate, Business Link advised I contact The North West Fund. The investment allowed us to conduct research and development, and fund trials within the NHS."

 


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