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Midlands Engine fund reaches £25 million milestone

29 January 2019

The £250 million Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) has reached its first milestone, investing £25million in the region’s businesses.

Delivered by the Government’s British Business Bank, the Midlands Engine Investment Fund forms part of a wider initiative to grow the region’s business community and local economy.

The fund seeks to address regional imbalances in finance available to Midlands businesses.

Investments from the MEIF are made by one of six appointed fund managers working across the East and South-East Midlands and West Midlands and supported by a network of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The £250million fund offers equity and debt investment between £25,000 to £2million.

The £25 million invested so far, which includes £10 million of private sector funds alongside finance from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, has supported over 100 businesses, ranging from technology start-ups to established manufacturing firms.

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP (pictured), communities secretary and ministerial Midlands Engine Champion, said: “The Midlands is home to a huge number of innovative and creative businesses, and schemes like the Midlands Engine Investment Fund are helping them grow.

“A thriving Midlands Engine is vital to our modern Industrial Strategy which is why we are backing business in the region to create high-value jobs for the long-term.

“I am determined the Midlands becomes an even better place to live and work, helps deliver an economy that works for everyone and harnesses the opportunities presented by leaving the European Union.”

Ken Cooper, managing director at British Business Bank, said: “The success of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund to date is the result of a collective effort. Using the expertise of our fund managers and with the support of LEPs and intermediaries we are improving access to finance and making a huge impact at local level.

“The diverse nature of firms supported so far has been a key achievement for the Fund, from trailer manufacturers to university spin outs developing stem cell treatments, all receiving the finance they need to grow their businesses. This journey is only just beginning though, and we encourage businesses from across the region to enquire to see how an MEIF investment could support their ambitions.”

The Midlands Engine 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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