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  • Finance Yorkshire investment boost Yorkshire economy

    Investments by Finance Yorkshire have created or safeguarded more than 16,000 jobs in the region, new figures reveal.

    Since its launch seven years ago, the SME funder has invested in more than 500 SMEs across Yorkshire and the Humber.

    The figures show that Finance Yorkshire’s investments have enabled those companies to increase their turnover by a total of £474m and attract a further £362m from other private sector sources.

    The Finance Yorkshire fund achieved full investment of £113m last year. It was originally developed as a European JEREMIE initiative, capitalised by grants from the UK Government, European Regional Development Fund and debt finance from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

    In addition to achieving its investment targets, Finance Yorkshire has now fully repaid its debt finance. Future returns from investments will now be used to create a legacy fund for future investment into the region.

    James Newman, Chairman of Finance Yorkshire, said: “These figures demonstrate that Finance Yorkshire has more than delivered on its original brief to support SMEs and create jobs and economic growth.

    “I am immensely proud of our team that has made this happen over the past seven years. Through their hard work and diligence, we have made hundreds of investments that have led to more employment and boosted the economic future of the region.”

    Alex McWhirter, Chief Executive of Finance Yorkshire, said: “These economic output figures demonstrate the success of the Fund and its performance in surpassing all expectations when we launched it in 2010.

    “At that time, we started with a £90m fund and over the course of our investment period, because of our success, we were able to secure an additional 30 per cent funding to invest for the benefit of the region’s SMEs.”

    One company to benefit from Finance Yorkshire investment is MTW Architectural in Wakefield, a commercial external envelope contractor, specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium framing and glazing for building exteriors.

    Led by directors Richard Moore and Neville Taylor, MTW Architectural reported turnover of £13 million this year – up from £5.6m three years ago.

    The company’s growth follows a move to Calder Park, Wakefield two years ago where it built a manufacturing facility five times bigger than its former base at Trinity Business Park in the town.

    The £2.2m scheme to purchase the site and construct the premises was supported by a £250,000 business loan from Finance Yorkshire.

    The Finance Yorkshire fund has also received finance from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and latterly from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Sheffield City Region LEP, backed by their respective Combined Authorities.

    Finance Yorkshire is now exploring future investment opportunities to utilise its legacy fund. Alex McWhirter added: “There is still considerable unmet demand from SMEs for investment support to enable their businesses to grow and prosper. We are keen to look at what investment opportunities there are available to continue to facilitate the success of companies across Yorkshire and the Humber.”

    For more information about Finance Yorkshire, please visit www.finance-yorkshire.com or call 0300 030 6060.

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