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Export Fund unlocks growth for fitness software platform

Membr, a fitness software platform based in Manchester, is expanding to new territories after repaying its third loan from the GM Export Fund, delivered by GC Business Finance (GCBF). The total of £400,000 has so far helped with product development to ensure the platform is marketable in new international territories.


Nineteen Agency was awarded the £25,000 grant from NPIF – GC & River Microfinance, which is managed by River Capital in partnership with GC Business Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

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.