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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OPEN Media makes its mark

Posted on August 8, 2023.

Mike Smith: CEO OPEN Media Liverpool City-based Out of Home Media owner OPEN Media continues to grow exponentially, increasing its Out of Home (OOH) advertising estate to four networks across 12 UK cities since its inception in 2015 and with significant six-figure funding support from local fund manager River Capital.    By the end of 2022, […]

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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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7 Marketing Tips for SMEs

Posted on April 5, 2023.

Blog For small and medium-sized businesses, marketing can play a crucial factor in their long-term success. However, for many, we understand that limited resources and budgets can make developing and executing an effective marketing strategy challenging. In today’s digital age, having a solid online presence and creating valuable content are essential components of any marketing […]

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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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Why Debt Funding Could Be Right For Your SME

Posted on March 21, 2023.

Blog: Debt funding or taking on borrowed money to finance a business project or investment, can be a valuable option for entrepreneurs and investors. Whilst it may seem counterintuitive to take on debt to grow a business, there are many reasons why debt funding can be the most suitable option. First and foremost, debt funding […]

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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 Benefits of Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Microfinance

Posted on March 1, 2023.

Blog by Sue Chambers – Investment Manager: The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) offers microfinance in the North West of England and is managed by River Capital and GC Finance. NPIF Microfinance is a type of financing option provided to support small businesses with loans between £25,000 and £100,000 to help businesses get started or […]

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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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River Capital introduces fund:AI Advisory Team

Posted on January 3, 2023.

Announcement Following the launch of the North’s first dedicated artificial intelligence fund, fund:AI, we are pleased to introduce the advisory team whose significant expertise will help guide and assist the fund leadership team when assessing the credentials and potential of businesses as well as completing due diligence. Claire Liddy MD of Innovation Alder Hey Hospital […]

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Martin Sutton joins River Capital as fund:AI Venture Partner

Posted on December 8, 2022.

PRESS RELEASE: River Capital is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Sutton as a Venture Partner following the recent launch of its dedicated artificial intelligence fund, fund:AI, the first of its kind in the North. Martin joins River Capital, having spent the previous six years at Manchester-based AI business PEAK. As one of the […]

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Leaf One Receives Northern Powerhouse Investment Injection

Posted on December 6, 2022.

Press Release Knowsley-based SaaS (Software as a Service), Leaf One, has received a £90,000 investment from NPIF – River & GC Microfinance, which River Capital manages in partnership with GC Business Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. Leaf One, a provider of Cloud-based solutions, empowers businesses that utilise laboratories as part of […]

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River Capital Launches The North’s First Dedicated Artificial Intelligence Fund

Posted on November 29, 2022.

PRESS RELEASE: ‘fund:AI’ will focus specifically on early-stage, high growth artificial intelligence (“AI”), machine learning and data science investment opportunities within the North of the UK. Northern data science Small and Medium Enterprises (“SMEs”) are underserved by venture capital, despite the North containing multiple centres of AI excellence and producing Data-led Unicorns. With the UK […]

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Fitness sports brand Built For Athletes secures equity investment from River Capital

Posted on November 5, 2022.

PRESS RELEASE: Premium North-West based sports and fitness brand Built for Athletes has secured a significant seven-figure equity injection from River Capital, fuelling future growth ambitions. Built For Athletes was founded in 2018 by Nick Costello, with brother Danny Costello joining the business shortly after. Since launching the business, which designs stylish, functional and durable […]

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River Capital Supports Velstar Acquisition

Posted on October 28, 2022.

PRESS RELEASE: Liverpool-based eCommerce agency, Velstar announces it has acquired Chester-based marketing agency, We Influence, to bolster service offering and drive further growth. The acquisition, which was supported by Liverpool fund manager, River Capital, with a significant investment from its recently announced Business Growth Loan Fund, will blend the technical knowledge and eCommerce expertise of […]

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River Capital launches £8M Business Growth Loan Fund

Posted on October 18, 2022.

PRESS RELEASE: North West fund manager River Capital, has announced the launch of a new £8m fund which will provide loans of up to £300,000 to support SMEs throughout the North West, with a particular focus on the Liverpool City Region. Having recently refreshed its identity and as part of its ongoing growth strategy, the […]

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River Capital Invests In New Team Members

Posted on October 10, 2022.

PRESS RELEASE: Following the company’s recent re-brand and relocation to new offices, North West fund manager River Capital continues to invest in its growing team with a series of recent hires and promotions. David Walters has been promoted to Investment Director in the Venture team, where he will focus on River Capital’s growing data and […]

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