More than 600 business leaders from across Yorkshire and the
Humber attended a number of roadshows on the issue of finance for
Finance Yorkshire staged the conference events in Sheffield,
York, Hull and Leeds throughout March to highlight the funding
opportunities available to small and medium businesses.
The £90 million venture capital and loan fund has already made
significant investments to support growth proposals from companies
throughout Yorkshire and the Humber.
Alex McWhirter, chief executive of Finance Yorkshire, said:
"We've had an excellent first 18 months, investing more than
£18million in 190 businesses. This substantial level of investment
shows we are in the marketplace to provide funding for growth
"A number of companies have said there is no provision of
finance. I'd have to differ with that view. Finance is available
for companies with good growth plans and exhibiting strong
"My message to companies and those in the professional services
sector would be, 'don't write off the availability of finance, come
and speak with us as early as possible if you are looking for
investment into your business'."
At each roadshow a number of businesses, which have received
funding support from Finance Yorkshire, provided a detailed
case-study of the investment they received.
Northend Creative Print Solutions and Boston Healthcare spoke at
the Sheffield event, Cizzle Biotech and VR Software in York, KRL
Group and Exquisite Cakes were at Hull, while Badgequo and Ultimate
Office Solutions spoke in Leeds.
James Newman, chairman of Finance Yorkshire, added: "The
roadshows have been a great success. We've had an excellent
attendance at all the events, offering their views on our
investment approach and asking useful questions, and we've had good
feedback as well."
Finance Yorkshire is now looking to stage a number of evening
events in different locations, including Doncaster, Grimsby,
Scarborough and Skipton.