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NEL Fund Managers records busiest ever investment quarter

Uploaded by in NEL News on February 18, 2020

The North East’s longest-standing business investor has recorded its busiest ever quarter as it continues to grow its portfolio of ambitious regional investees. NEL Fund Managers made 27 investments across Tyne & Wear, Durham and Northumberland in the final three months of 2019 from the two elements of […]


North East fashion label designing major growth plans after £250,000 investment

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Growth Capital Fund on February 10, 2020

An ambitious North East fashion label is scaling up after winning a six-figure investment from the North East Growth Capital Fund Supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Sports-contemporary and urban wear fashion brand Fresh Couture currently sells its growing product range through more than 50 retailers, including […]


Aspect Facades outstripping growth targets as second North East Fund investment lands

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Growth Capital Fund on February 5, 2020

A high-end County Durham roofing business is going for even greater growth after achieving its initial two-year target inside 12 months. Aspect Facades secured a £50,000 North East Small Loan Fund investment through regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers at the beginning of last year to support […]


District V fit for new year growth challenge after move to bigger gym premises

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on January 27, 2020

The future of a community fitness facility founded by friends from a Northumberland village is looking great thanks to a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. District V opened in April last year in 700 sq ft premises at […]


NEL speaks Papillon Translations’ language with £50,000 Small Loan Fund investment

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on January 21, 2020

A successful North East translation service is putting its language skills to wider use with the help a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Papillon Translations has spent over four years developing an easy-to-use app that can provide commentary […]


Oracle sees growth opportunities after winning Small Loan Fund investment

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on January 7, 2020

A County Durham training company is using a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund to scale up and target new markets around the UK. Oracle Training Solutions is aiming to double its turnover to around £1.5m and create up […]


NEL’s Yvonne Gale appointed to Small Business Commissioner’s national advisory board

Uploaded by in NEL News on December 4, 2019

A North East business investment expert has been chosen to serve on the national advisory board for the Small Business Commissioner’s Office. Dr Yvonne Gale is now acting as one of three independent advisors who provide leadership support and direction to the Office, which was set up in […]


Talented Leanne cooks up plans for full-time catering business

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on November 28, 2019

A talented South Tyneside baker is turning her passion into her livelihood with the help of a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Leanne Cummings set up desert delivery service Elsie’s Kitchen 18 months ago, making a range of […]


Nudge Education pushing for growth with North East Fund backing

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on November 19, 2019

An innovative North East firm which helps disenfranchised young people reengage with education is aiming to scale up and expand outside the region with the help of a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Nudge Education provides individualised intervention […]


Renovo shaping bright future with Small Loan Fund investment backing

Uploaded by in Recent Investments, Small Loan Fund on October 30, 2019

A young County Durham entrepreneur is shaping a successful future for his business after securing a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Antony Gray set up Renovo Solutions last year after working his way up with his previous employer […]