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Big River Bakery’s investment needs met by NEL Fund Managers

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on October 15, 2020

A unique community bakery is on the rise after winning a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported by The European Regional Development Fund. Newcastle-based Big River Bakery is a social enterprise which specialises in slow ferment, handmade breads, savoury goods and sweet treats made with […]


Laneberg Wine pressing on with second NEL investment

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on October 12, 2020

The North East’s first urban winery is scaling up its operations after securing a second investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Laneberg Wine is the UK’s most northerly winery and released its first vintage of white and rosé wines in 2019 […]


Finnmark Sauna growth plans get warm reception from NEL Fund Managers

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on October 1, 2020

A County Durham firm which designs and builds authentic high-end Finnish saunas is looking to steam ahead after winning a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Brothers Jake and Max Newport set up Finnmark Sauna four years ago with […]


Expanding Dunston craft brewery raising a glass to NEL investment support

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on September 22, 2020

The growth plans of an ambitious North East craft brewery based in a famous location are coming to a head thanks to a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. The Great North Eastern Brewing Company produces a growing range […]


Signs are good for Radecal’s growth plans

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on September 8, 2020

A successful Wearside signage and graphics firm is making space to expand its operations with the help a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Radecal Signs is turning a 4,000 sq ft area of land alongside its premises on […]


Training programme hits triple figures and launches online to support SMEs post lockdown

Uploaded by in NEL News on September 2, 2020

A highly successful training partnership that has already supported 100 local business owners is getting ready to launch a new programme of fully funded training to help businesses emerge stronger from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. NEL Fund Managers and MINT Business Club (then Digital Sparkles) first […]


HR Dept makes successful exit from first ever Small Loan Fund investment

Uploaded by in Success Stories on August 25, 2020

A South Tyneside-based business support specialist is looking to a brighter future after successfully completing its investment agreement with regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers. The HR Dept Newcastle works with expanding companies across South Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead which don’t yet have their own senior in-house […]


North East’s first urban winery toasts Fortnum & Mason listing

Uploaded by in Success Stories on August 11, 2020

A new vintage from the North East’s first urban winery has taken its place alongside some of the world’s best-known labels in a landmark London location. The 2019 Bacchus white produced by Team Valley-based Laneberg Wine is now being stocked by Fortnum & Mason at its flagship Piccadilly […]


Million pound investment to help sub-surface testing firm lay down foundations for growth

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Growth Capital Fund on July 30, 2020

An ambitious County Durham ground investigation business has secured a one million pound investment package to help support its growth ambitions. Exploration & Testing Associates (ETA) has established a new state-of-the-art materials testing laboratory at its head office in Bowburn from which it is working with a growing […]


NEL Fund Managers begins lending under Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Uploaded by in NEL News on July 23, 2020

The North East longest-standing business investor is looking to expand the number of regional firms with which it works after becoming an accredited provider for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). NEL Fund Managers has been accredited by the British Business Bank to provide loans of up […]