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Sean Hutchinson, Senior Investment Manager at the British Business Bank and Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, says 2021 has been a turbulent year for many businesses in the UK. However, there are clear signs that the economy is starting to re-build with the majority of businesses in the North now back open for business, and on the road to recovery and growth.

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Funding secures expansion for Lego retail business

Bricks in Bloom, a Lego retail business, has secured a £75,000 loan to fund its expansion. Based in Carlisle, Cumbria, Bricks in Bloom started out making Lego flowers for weddings, and has evolved into an online retail store for Lego products.

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GC Business Finance bolsters senior team to drive SME innovation

GC Business Finance has made four senior promotions and appointments across its business finance and angel investment divisions to expand its support for SMEs across the North West.

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Greater Manchester’s PROGRESS21 now taking place September 23

Greater Manchester’s one-day conference, PROGRESS21, has been moved to September 23 following confirmation of the four-week delay to the easing of national lockdown restrictions and the continued rise of the Delta variant in England. 

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GC Business Finance approved under Recovery Loan Scheme

GC Business Finance has been approved for accreditation under the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS).

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Newly launched civil engineering business receives NPIF boost

Warrington-based civil engineering and groundworks company, Oxton Civil Solutions has received a £50,000 investment from NPIF through BFS & MSIF Microfinance, managed by Alliance Fund Managers, in partnership with GC Business Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

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People: GC Business Finance

GC Business Finance has recruited two senior loan managers to strengthen its team of advisors dedicated to supporting businesses across the North West.

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GC Business Finance hits BBLS milestones as government announces roadmap to economic recovery

GC Business Finance, a specialist social impact lender based in Manchester, is calling for local businesses who are ineligible for Bounce Back Loans (BBLS) through their own bank, to apply for Greater Manchester (GM) BBLS funding following the government’s announcement of a roadmap to reopen the economy.

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GC Business Finance calls for firms to come forward as GM BBLS Fund secures 400 local jobs

In November, GC Business Finance became the first lender in the UK accredited to provide BBLS to be backed by a local authority, managing £10m of emergency funding from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

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100-year-old pie wholesaler secures five-figure NPIF loan

Barrow-based pie production company, Stable’s Pies, has received a £70,000 CBILS-backed loan following its recent change in management.

The loan is from NPIF-BFS and MSIF Microfinance, delivered by specialist social impact lender GC Business Finance & MSIF on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).


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Premium rum brand secures Morrisons listing with backing from NPIF

With backing from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS), Rockstar Spirits has already used the money to expand its ‘Bomb’ series of rums, a Navy strength line with 57% ABV, aged for two years in bourbon cask.

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Combined authority is first to offer Bounce Back loans with £10m package

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has pledged £10m emergency funding to support businesses based in the region and unable to access the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS). The move, in partnership with GC Business Finance, is in response to gaps in Bounce Back loan availability for some Greater Manchester-based SMEs following the second national lockdown and makes it the first UK combined authority to offer such assistance.

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Business Matters: The Northern Powerhouse - Bouncing back

Sean Hutchinson, senior investment manager at the British Business Bank, says whilst it’s been a challenging year for all, it is encouraging to see businesses across the North demonstrating green shoots of recovery, as they look to pioneer new products, reach new markets and grow their teams. Despite it being a highly uncertain time, he believes this to be proof that business are, in fact, starting to plan for the future.

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More businesses set to benefit from Kickstart following launch of tiered support offer - helping businesses of all sizes get young people into employment

THE Growth Company has launched a new tiered support offer to help more businesses access and benefit from the Government’s new £2 billion Kickstart scheme – helping young people affected by the economic fallout of Covid-19 into employment.

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GC Business Finance has provided more than £7.8m to support North West SMEs since start of lockdown

GC Business Finance has provided close to £3.1m in funding backed by the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS), it said, and has used its flexible Start-Up Loans product to provide £3m of support to companies across the region.

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New Lancashire fund launched to help businesses rebound

Lancashire County Council has launched the £2.25m Rosebud Rebound Fund to help businesses in the county to resume growth plans following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mayor says ‘safety must come first’ as Greater Manchester economy reopens Campaign across Greater Manchester on how to stay safe

The Safely Reopening GM initiative is a coordinated campaign across Greater Manchester aligned with the reopening of non-essential retail on 15 June and a return to work for many more people. It’s designed to ensure that employers and employees are aware of the information they need to work and travel safely during the continuing pandemic.

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GM LEP approves £3m funding to GCBF to battle impact of coronavirus on SME's

The Greater Manchester LEP, working with the Growth Company, has unlocked an initial £3m package of urgently needed financial support for Greater Manchester businesses battling the impact of coronavirus.

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Tradespeople get a helping hand after Get Work secures £100k NPIF loan

Lancashire-based Get Work, a service that generates local leads for tradespeople, has received a £100k loan from NPIF - BFS & MSIF Microfinance, a product managed by GC Business Finance & MSIF and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

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Rosebud fund makes two senior appointments

GC Business Finance has made two senior appointments to manage the £11.25m Rosebud fund created by Lancashire County Developments Ltd, with Matthew Robinson joining as Fund Manager and Jonathan Nelson taking the role of Senior Loan Account Manager.

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GC Business Finance Appointed to £11.25m Rosebud Fund

GC Business Finance (GCBF) has been appointed to bring forward Lancashire County Council's £11.25m Rosebud business finance fund.

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Trafford start-ups set to benefit from funding boost

A fund geared towards backing start-up and existing businesses across Trafford looks set to be established.

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NPIF North West Microfinance fund hits £3million investment milestone after awarding a loan of £80,000 to MyEBook

Two years after launching in 2017, Business Finance has reached a landmark £3million lending milestone, supporting over 50 businesses across the North West through NPIF, NPIF - BFS & MSIF Microfinance.

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GC Business Finance expands loans team to meet start-up demand

Manchester based responsible finance provider GC Business Finance has created three new roles within its lending team to meet the growing demand for alternative finance.

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What could an alternative finance injection do for your business?

We’ve helped thousands of small and medium size businesses to secure and invest finance into their growing businesses and they all have very different reasons for needing a funding boost.

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Try our top five New Year’s resolutions for your growing business

As part of the Growth Company, we’ve worked with thousands of incredible entrepreneurs and have put together a few of their top business growth tips here to get your 2019 off to a great start.

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Looking to start up a business in 2019 but need capital? Find out about the alternative finance options you weren’t aware of

When people decide to set up a business, one of the first things they consider is whether or not they will need finance to get their company up and running.

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GC Business Finance conquer the Three Peaks for charity

Following last year’s Snowdon climb, this year our intrepid team at GC Business Finance decided that one mountain wasn’t quite enough of a challenge. 

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GC Business Finance to take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Last year GC Business Finance raised over £4,000 for their chosen charities, The Christie and The Haemophilia Society, most of which came from their annual charity walk. This year the team are looking to take on the Yorkshire 3 peaks and are well on their way to smashing last year’s target whilst continuing to contribute to their chosen charities.

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Business Lending Remains Strong Despite Brexit Uncertainty

With less than 200 days to go until the UK exits the European Union and uncertainty still looming over what deal will be negotiated, if at all, it would be understandable to think that business lending would have declined or at least plateaued.

In actual fact GC Business Finance has seen a 44% increase in lending over the period April – September 2018 when compared with the same period in 2017.

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Venturefest North West 2018 proves a great success for the 5th year running

With over 1000 attendees this year’s Venturefest North West was the biggest yet providing further evidence that the region is a leading centre for innovation.

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Blackpool rescue training business set to scale new heights with funding injection

Blackpool based rescue training business Reax has secured a £35,000 investment from NPIF - BFS & MSIF Microfinance  – a product fund managed by GC Business Finance GC Business Finance in partnership with MSIF and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). The investment will be used to fund new jobs and a significant expansion of the company over the next five years.

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New Head of Lending to lead GC Business Finance into fresh era of growth

We’re delighted to announce that Chris Hutchison has joined us as Head of Lending to drive growth and awareness of our loan and investment products and services.

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Greater Manchester Export Fund Helps Support Fawkes Cycles To Explore New Markets

Oldham based internet retailer Fawkes Cycles is being supported with a £50,000 loan from the Greater Manchester Export Fund (GMEF) to fund growth for the business across new European and global markets. 

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Grindsmith continue to grow

Grindsmith, is converting an industrial unit into a brand-new Roastery and Laboratory following continued success

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Simon Fuller has launched Elegant Digital consultancy using a £25,000 loan

Simon Fuller has launched Elegant Digital consultancy using a £25,000 loan from the Stockport Business Finance Scheme who we work with as their funding partner.

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Husband and wife re-launch one of Leigh’s best loved shops, using a £40,000 GCBF loan

A husband and wife team is rescuing and re-launching one of Leigh’s best loved shops, using a £40,000 loan. 


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Sis4ers Distillery develop drinks dynasty with GC Business Finance loan

Four sisters are following in the footsteps of their seven brewing brothers to form one of the world’s largest drinks dynasties, thanks to a £30,000 loan. 


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UKBAA launch new Manchester investment hub with GC Angels

GC Angels, the angel investment arm of the Growth Company, is joining forces with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) to launch a new UKBAA Angel Hub for Greater Manchester, creating a focal point to build and connect angel investing across the region.  


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Jake Mina Associates founder is shortlisted for a Young Microentrepreneur Award

Jake Adams from Jake Mina Associates has been shortlisted for the 2017/18 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards in the Young Microentrepreneur category.  This award recognises the success of an outstanding young entrepreneur between the age of 18 and 25 who has benefited from the support of a responsible finance provider.

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Prestwich business, Barley Café is nominated for Citi Microentrepreneurship Award

One year after Sue and Laura Smith launched the Barley Café in Prestwich using a £16,000 loan from Business Finance Solutions (BFS), the duo has been nominated for a Citi Microentrepreneurship Award in the Social Microentrepreneur category.

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A start-up loan from BFS supports A 'Different Care' for dementia sufferers

Husband and wife team Samantha and Markco Yeadon are launching a new care service for Merseyside that is dedicated to looking after people with dementia, using a £20k loan from BFS.

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£90,000 BFS loan funds growth for Hesketh James

Manchester-based hospitality recruitment firm Hesketh James has secured a £90k investment to fund expansion plans from BFS.

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Ball Mania opens it's doors following funding from BFS

Timperley entrepreneur Andrew Woodrow has created the UK’s largest adult ball pool experience, using a £25k loan from Business Finance Solutions (BFS).

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Greater Manchester Export Fund backs Bolton tech business with six figure investment

The Co Angel team at Business Finance Solutions has facilitated a six figure Greater Manchester Export Fund (GMEF) investment to enable Bolton based Cyber Coach to build a new world class educational resource, Emile, which will be launched with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) this week.

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Snowdon Challenge

Members of the BFS team complete a 3 ½ hour trek up Snowdon in North Wales to raise money for The Haemophilia Society and The Christie.

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£250,000 Greater Manchester Export Fund Loan Brings Fintech Business Delio To Manchester

The Greater Manchester Export Fund has supported fintech business Delio Ltd with a £250k loan that has enabled them to launch a new office in Manchester, with the first additions to the team now in place and a planned move to the new XYZ building in Spinningfields in September to expand and grow the team by creating a further 20 new posts.

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BFS Reaches Funding Landmark

Business Finance Solutions celebrated a major milestone this month, having achieved £150m loans advanced across its portfolio of alternative finance products to start-ups and growth businesses across GM and the wider UK, from Fintech and furniture companies to bike parks and breweries.

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BFS backed seven of the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Awards shortlist

Business Finance Solutions is toasting its lending team after providing finance to seven of the companies shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Awards with one nominee shortlisted in five categories.

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Business Finance Solutions supports launch of innovative clothing range

Entrepreneur Jane Hallam has launched an innovative new clothing business that is helping women who suffer from symptoms of the menopause, using a £25k loan from Business Finance Solution

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Statement from Mark Hughes on Manchester Arena explosion

The thoughts of everyone at the Business Finance Solutions are with all those affected by the tragic event that unfolded at Manchester Arena late last night.

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Join us to hear more about the £400m of finance available for SMEs in the North

The British Business Bank together with the Local Enterprise Partnerships is holding an event in Manchester to tell local partners about the new £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) and how to access it.

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MGC appoints Donna Edwards

Manchester Growth Company has announced that Donna Edwards has been appointed as Managing Director for Business Support and Business Finance. Donna had been acting as interim Managing Director since June 2016

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BFS celebrates £10m lending milestone

Business Finance Solutions is celebrating a major milestone after completing the delivery of £10million of finance. The alternative loan provider has provided business support to more than 2,385 entrepreneurs across the north west as part of the Government's Start Up Loans initiative.

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Manchester's Biggest Tech Event!

On 21st – 22nd April, Manchester will see the largest gathering of the European technology market the city has ever seen as Business Rocks innovates the market with a technology, music and investment summit like no other. With 2-day technology conference will feature Steve Wozniak, an immense start-up and tech business expo and the Innov8 start-up pitch battle award with a 50k cash prize. This awesome summit is set to awaken the market to a new era of tech events!

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Manchester Growth Company launches new £9.5m Export Fund for Greater Manchester

A new £9.5m fund has been launched as part of Greater Manchester’s bid to become more globally competitive by helping local businesses to increase their export sales.

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Business Finance Solutions lending to twice the national average of women start ups

BFS bucks national trend with 42% of business loans awarded to women in the North West

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Former EY Managing Partner joins Co Angel team as investor base hits 100

The Co Angel Investment service, managed by BFS, has significantly expanded its team with the appointment of Barry Flynn, the former managing partner of EY’s Liverpool office.

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£1m borrowed from The North West Fund for Micro Loans

BFS managed Micro Loans reaches £1m milestone

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Manchester’s Business Finance Solutions supports 1000 startups with £6 million

Manchester based Business Finance Solutions (BFS) has reached a milestone of funding £6 million of Start Up Loans to over 1000 entrepreneurs.

The funding has enabled 1100 businesses to launch across the North West, creating thousands of new jobs in the region within a wide range of businesses from manufacturing to breweries.

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DJ set for commercial hit with launch of Stockport record store

DJ and music producer Joe McBride is launching a new record store and café in Stockport using an £8,000 loan from the Stockport Business Finance Scheme through their funding partner GC Business Finance.

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