Investment Focus

The Fund has a wide investment remit in qualifying businesses in the Nottinghamshire region. Key criteria include:

  • Early stage companies through to established medium sized companies
  • Investment amounts from £100,000 to £2 million
  • Flexible investment structuring including equity and debt
  • Companies with operations in Nottinghamshire or looking to expand or relocate into Nottinghamshire
  • Broad range of transaction types including:
    • Growth capital
    • Asset finance
    • Acquisition finance
    • MBO
    • MBI
    • Equity release
  • Investing in most industry sectors excluding synthetic fibres and yarns, motor vehicles, steel products, transport, property and financial services

Qualifying companies will have:

  • A strong and ambitious management team
  • A sustainable competitive advantage
  • Operations in markets with attractive characteristics
  • Clear exit opportunities

Examples of investment opportunities:

Example 1 - Life sciences business in Nottinghamshire with a retiring owner

  • The MD of a successful life sciences business with 50% contracted revenues based in Worksop is seeking £1.5m million to perform a management buyout from the retiring owner. The retiring owner will retain less than 20% of the business.
  • Turnover of £5m and profits of £0.5m

Example 2 - Fast casual restaurant in Nottinghamshire looking to roll out across the UK

  • A successful Nottingham-based fast-casual dining chain with 2 locations, looking for £1m to roll out the concept to 3 new locations outside of Nottinghamshire, and manage working capital
  • Turnover of £1.5m, profit £0.3m

Example 3 - A manufacturing business in Bristol making a Nottinghamshire-based acquisition

  • A manufacturing business with 150 employees based in Bristol, seeking £1.5m of investment to acquire a strategic supplier in Nottinghamshire. Acquiring the target will cut lead times on finished products to customers, and create cost savings of £0.3m per year
  • Turnover £18m with profit of £3m.

Example 4 - A start-up in Nottinghamshire looking for growth funding

  • A software business with five employees based in Mansfield seeking £0.5m of investment to support expansion of the business development and sales team to three people alongside investment into the development of a new software package.
  • Turnover of £0.5 million, profit breakeven