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Sophie Dale-Black, Director at British Business Bank

Startup Loans Passes £100m Funding Milestone

The British Business Bank's Start Up Loans programme has passed a major £100m funding milestone in the North West. 

Since its launch in 2012, the programme has facilitated 11,842 loans to the region's entrepreneurial community, making up 12 per cent of the national figure.

Alex Mearns, newly appointed Head of Start Up Lending

GC Business Finance appoints new Head of Start Up Lending

GC Business Finance (GCBF), a Manchester-based alternative business finance provider, has appointed Alex Mearns to the role of Head of Start Up Lending, as it seeks to expand its offering for early-stage businesses.

Chu Lo drinks

Chu Lo shakes up international markets with loan from Export Fund

Chu Lo, a Japanese-inspired premium soft drink brand based in Ancoats, Manchester, is celebrating accelerated growth that is set to continue having recently received a £100,000 loan from the GM Export Fund, managed by GC Business Finance.

Keith Parmley, Managing Director at REAX

REAX reaches new heights following NPIF investment

Blackpool-based REAX, a specialist access and rescue training business, has expanded significantly since harnessing a £35,000 microfinance loan from NPIF – BFS & MSIF, which is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and managed by GC Business Finance and MSIF.

Eco-friendly clothing brand Inland Sea experiences wave of growth following investment

Sustainable clothing brand Inland Sea, based in Macclesfield, Cheshire has received a £27,000 loan from NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance, managed by GC Business Finance in partnership with MSIF and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The investment will increase its capacity for manufacturing t-shirts out of seaweed and cotton.

Local radio show steals the mic with 14,000 listeners a day following Start Up Loans investment

After facing redundancy, Lorna Stewart, known by her stage name DJ Lornnah Stewart, was introduced to GC Business Finance who helped her to secure a Start Up Loan, which was used to fund the technical equipment needed to kick start her own music career.