Built For Athletes Hits New Heights with 64% Revenue Growth Post-Investment

Posted on January 29, 2024.

Progress Story: It’s been an exciting time for Cheshire based Built For Athletes following River Capital’s investment in the company in 2022 during which time the premium sports and fitness brand has increased revenue by 64%. The seven-figure investment has also supported further significant product innovation and expansion into new markets, helping accelerate the company’s […]

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River Capital backs local drinks company with a £440,000 loan

Posted on January 18, 2024.

Press Release: A diabetic’s mission to remove artificial sweeteners from soft drinks is being backed with a £440,000 loan from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Flexible Growth Fund managed by River Capital. The investment will enable the Aintree-based Happy Drinks Company to create 24 jobs as it expands its bottling and manufacturing capabilities to […]

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£10m Boost For Regional SMEs As River Capital Raises Further Funding

Posted on January 16, 2024.

(L-R) TDC Head of Operations Mark Metcalf and River Capital CEO Mark Borzomato Press Release:  North West based fund manager River Capital has secured a new injection of £10m from Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), and delivered by private credit investor TDC, to further scale its North West Business Growth Loans Limited (NWBGL) product offering. […]

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River Capital Expands Private Equity Team With Key Appointments

Posted on November 29, 2023.

Press Release: Liverpool based fund manager River Capital, has announced the appointments of Dave Furlong and Ben Gregory to its Private Equity team.  Dave joins River Capital as an Investment Director and brings a 20-year track record of investing and lending into the SME, Mid-Market and leveraged finance markets across a wide range of sectors, […]

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River Capital’s Fund:AI Wins Best New Product at Growth Investor Awards 2023

Posted on November 27, 2023.

Press Release:  River Capital has been named the winner of the Best New Product/Service award for its dedicated artificial intelligence (AI) fund, fund:AI at the Growth Investor Awards 2023 held in London last Thursday night.   fund:AI was chosen as the Best New Product/Service winner by an independent panel of judges drawn from the alternative investment […]

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Designerwear.co.uk Fuels Possibilities With Significant Investment

Posted on November 14, 2023.

Press Release:  Designer clothing and footwear online retailer, Designerwear International [www.designerwear.co.uk] is set to transform its fashion business having secured a game-changing six-figure investment from the North West Business Growth Loan, managed by River Capital.   This substantial funding will empower the pioneering Lancashire company to facilitate its rapid expansion and forge further significant partnerships with […]

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Funding to Fuel Your Business Growth

Posted on November 2, 2023.

Blog As a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), accessing the right type of finance to support your business growth can be challenging. Traditional lenders like banks often have strict criteria that many younger, innovative companies struggle to meet. This leaves a gap in the market for alternative financing options.  The Business Growth Loan Fund – […]

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River Capital takes home Liverpool Chamber Small Business of the Year Award

Posted on October 27, 2023.

River Capital were recognised as the Small Business of the Year at the Liverpool Chamber Innovation in Business Awards 2023, held the iconic St George’s Hall in the centre of the City on Thursday night.  The award comes after a busy year for the organisation including a significant re-brand, re-locating to Grade 1 office space in […]

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River Capital wins North West Small Business of the Year

Posted on October 23, 2023.

River Capital were recognised as the Small Business of the Year at TheBusinessDesk.com’s North West Business of the Year Awards for 2023.  The award comes after a busy year for the organisation including a significant re-brand, re-locating to Grade 1 office space in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district, the launch of three new funds […]

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Former Olympian receives Small Business Loan for ninja inspired gym

Posted on October 10, 2023.

Press Release:  Bootle-based ninja training gym and fitness centre business, HC Ninja Training has received a £10,000 loan from the Small Business Loans fund provided by Regional Growth Funding together with Unity Bank and managed by River Capital.   HC:Fit – Ninja Training was established in 2016 by current Taekwondo World Champion and former Team GB […]

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Stratton Tea receives £100,000 investment from NPIF – River & GC Finance

Posted on October 3, 2023.

Press Release: Stratton Tea Limited, an ethical beverage and spice distributor in the Liverpool City Region, has significantly boosted its operations with a £100,000 NPIF-River Capital &GC Business Finance Microfinance investment, which River Capital manages in partnership with GC Business Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) The investment marks a pivotal […]

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Vidivet Limited receives six-figure fund:AI investment

Posted on September 28, 2023.

Press Release: fund:AI (managed by River Capital) have made a six-figure investment into leading pet health-tech platform company VidiVet Limited.  Vidivet have been named one of the UK’s Top 10 most exciting early-stage technology companies by Tech Nation and provides online vet triage services to pet owners all over the UK 24 hours a day, […]

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Fallen Planet Studios receives fund:AI investment from River Capital

Posted on September 14, 2023.

Press Release:  fund:AI (managed by River Capital) have invested £500,000 into leading Virtual Reality (VR) gaming company Fallen Planet Studios. Based in Southport, Merseyside, Fallen Planet are at the forefront of VR gaming and have deep relationships into the major platforms including Sony and Meta (formerly Facebook) where the Fallen Planet games have been in […]

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River Capital’s fund: AI shortlisted for Growth Investor Award

Posted on August 17, 2023.

Press Release: River Capital are pleased to announce that its EIS AI Fund, ‘fund:AI’ has been shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious Growth Investor Awards 2023 in the new product category. It’s been a hugely competitive field of entries for this year’s Awards, hosted by Intelligent Partnership and with the standard so high, it’s pleasing to […]

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River Capital and Arbuthnot supports Barons MBO

Posted on July 3, 2023.

Press Release: Lytham based specialist contract furniture manufacturing business Barons has undergone a seven-figure management buyout, led by Managing Director Garry Smith, with investment from River Capital and Arbuthnot. The combined funding package will also support the continued growth of the business.  The transaction follows a period of strong growth, and is the first investment […]

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River Capital Launches £10m North West Private Equity Fund

Posted on June 26, 2023.

Press Release: Liverpool based River Capital has announced the launch of a new £10m Private Equity Fund, supported by a cornerstone investment from parent company MSIF.  The Fund provides investment from £500k up to £2m to support North West SMEs with support for acquisitions, management buy out/in, partial realisations and growth funding.  The launch of […]

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River Capital Appoints John Gray as Head of Debt

Posted on June 20, 2023.

Press Release: Liverpool based fund manager River Capital, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Gray as its new Head of Debt.   The appointment marks a new chapter for River Capital as Paul Humphray steps down from the role after a remarkable 20 years with the firm, though will remain with the business in […]

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15x+ return for SPARK Impact-managed North West Fund for Biomedical

Posted on May 9, 2023.

Press Release: Cerus Endovascular (“Cerus”), a medical technology company that makes products to treat haemorrhagic strokes, has announced its acquisition by Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Cerus’ products, Contour and Neqstent, have been successful in treating brain aneurysms. Aneurysms are weaknesses in the blood vessel wall, which can bleed or […]

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Oliver Bigley Completes River Capital Work Experience

Posted on May 4, 2023.

Recently we welcomed University of Warwick student, Oliver Bigley, to River Capital for a weeks work experience. At the end of his time with us, we sat down with Oliver and asked him a few questions! Oliver, tell us a little bit about your university career to date, what are you studying and what made […]

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Zenith Eco Solutions Ltd secures £75,000 from Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Posted on April 24, 2023.

Press Release: Zenith Eco Solutions, a Widnes-based, environmentally centric plumbing, heat and air-conditioning installation business, has secured a £75,000 investment from NPIF – River & GC Microfinance, which River Capital manage in partnership with GC Business Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.    Established in 2018 by owners Liam Owens and Zac Corcoran, […]

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SPARK Impact & >_fund:tmt Secures Significant Return and 40% IRR from Tiger TMS Sale

Posted on March 28, 2023.

Press Release:  Tiger TMS, a leading developer of applications and middleware solutions for the hospitality market, has been acquired by Canadian-based software investment company Valsoft Corporation. Tiger TMS was acquired from previous owner Mitel Networks Corporation by CEO John Owen in February 2020.  The Management Buy Out was supported with significant equity investment from >_fund:tmt, […]

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International Women’s Day: Beth Tweddle MBE

Posted on March 10, 2023.

In our last instalment for International Women’s Day 2023, we sat down with World Championship and Olympic Gymnastics medalist turned business owner, Beth Tweddle! Beth, why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day? There are a lot of amazing successful women out there who have achieved fantastic things and this should […]

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International Women’s Day: Anna Vieira

Posted on March 9, 2023.

Today we sat down with the other half of the fantastic Nineteen Agency leadership team, Anna Vieira and spoke to her about her impressive business journey! Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day? For me the goal is gender equality and for there not to be a requirement for international […]

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International Women’s Day: Elaine Clarke OBE

Posted on March 8, 2023.

As part of International Women’s Day we were fortunate enough to catch up with Elaine Clarke MBE, founder of Baa Bars Ltd and one of Liverpools influential women in business. Eliane, why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day? For me International Women’s Day is about challenging inequality and reminding ourselves […]

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International Women’s Day: Louise Kemp

Posted on March 7, 2023.

Today we sat down with Nineteen Agency Director and co-owner of Nineteen Agency, Louise Kemp.  Louise, alongside her business partner, Anna Vieira, has taken the culinary world by storm and they count some of the North West’s most popular eateries such as Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure, Hell Yeah Hospitality and Lerpwl as clients. Louise, […]

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International Women’s Day: Raina Heverin

Posted on March 6, 2023.

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th and throughout the week we will be speaking to some inspirational women who we have supported in business. We start by sitting down with Raina Heverin, Co-founder of SupplyWell and founder and MD of Reculture to hear her story so far. Why do you think it is […]

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5 Minutes With Marion Savill

Posted on February 14, 2023.

This week we sat down with Portfolio Director, Marion Savill, who discussed her responsibilities for the River Capital equity investment portfolio. What’s your job role at River Capital and what does that entail on a day-to-day basis? I am responsible for some of our equity investment portfolio. I attend the board meetings of the companies […]

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5 Minutes With Sue Chambers

Posted on February 7, 2023.

Sue Chambers – Investment Manager This week we sat down with Investment Manager, Sue Chambers, who drives the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund for businesses based in the Liverpool City Region. What’s your job role at River Capital and what does that entail on a day-to-day basis? I am part of the Debt Team here at […]

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5 Minutes With Jeff Cummins

Posted on January 31, 2023.

Jeff Cummins – Investment Manager This week we sat down with Investment Manager, Jeff Cummins, to find out more about his day-to-day at River Capital and to hear what keeps him ticking outside of the office! What’s your job role at River Capital and what does that entail on a day-to-day basis? Investment Manager which […]

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Specialist Knowsley based solid chemical manufacturer achieves world-first’s following NPIF investment

Posted on January 9, 2023.

PRESS RELEASE: Knowsley-based specialist manufacturer SolidTek are celebrating a spate of award wins, after becoming the first company globally to develop an NSF approved inhibitor, and the first in the world to achieve ISO1401 for its environmental management system for its solid chemical products. SolidTek manufacture innovative products for water treatment, which includes its leading […]

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