Midlands Engine Investment Fund invests £200m into region’s businesses

Press release 29 November 2022

  • Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) exceeds £200 million milestone

  • The Fund has made 856 investments into Midlands’ businesses since 2017

  • Additional £301 million of private sector investment unlocked by the fund

  • Funding supports innovative sustainable companies and improves access to finance in region

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) has now invested over £200 million into Midlands businesses since its launch in 2017.

The debt and equity funding options offered by the MEIF have benefitted 595 businesses across the region and has supported SMEs in the creation of jobs, investment into new products and services and wider growth opportunities.

The Fund was launched by the British Business Bank in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Midlands Engine and the UK Government with the aim of improving access to finance and the landscape for small businesses in the Midlands.

MEIF funding breakdown

  • Over £200 million invested, with £301 million of private sector co-investment unlocked
  • 856 investments in 595 businesses
  • 2,371 jobs created

Businesses in various sectors benefit from MEIF funding, including its ongoing investment in the region’s sustainable development and green technology.

A recent sustainability investment into renewable energy provided debt funding to Nottingham-based Roadgas, to support the company’s growth in supplying further renewable gas refuelling stations across the UK.

Birmingham-headquartered I-Phyc received £2.3 million to support expansion of its nature-based wastewater treatment solutions through the MEIF’s Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund to create new jobs.

Our partnership with key regional stakeholders including Local Enterprise Partnerships and our fund managers has played a significant role in reaching this new milestone. Investment by MEIF has been shown to promote resilience, innovation and productivity in supported SMEs and has helped diversify and strengthen the regions finance landscape. We look forward to continuing this through the next £100 million of investment. Ken Cooper Managing Director, British Business Bank

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund provides financing options to smaller businesses with potential in the Midlands. The funding allows businesses to achieve their goals and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to realise their growth ambitions.

MEIF funding has helped many SMEs contribute to the wider economic growth of the Midlands and its wider economic goals through investment to support safeguarding existing jobs, creating new roles, overcoming challenges faced during the pandemic, and helping the region’s businesses to reach their full potential.

While we’re celebrating another milestone, we hope to help many more businesses and entrepreneurs who have innovative and sustainable ideas in the future by breaking down the barriers of access to traditional finance and will allow the Midlands region to continue to prosper.

Jon Corbett Chair of Strategic Oversight Board for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

Notes to editors

About the current Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF)

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, will invest in Debt Finance, Small Business Loans, Proof of Concept and Equity Finance funds, ranging from £25,000 to £2 million, specifically to help small and medium sized businesses secure the funding they need for growth and development.

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund is operated by British Business Financial Services Limited, wholly owned by British Business Bank, the UK’s national economic development bank. Established in November 2014, the Bank’s mission is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by improving access to finance for smaller businesses. Its remit is to design, deliver and efficiently manage UK-wide smaller business access to finance programmes for the UK government.

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Investment Bank, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and British Business Finance Limited, a British Business Bank group company.

The MEIF covers the following LEP areas: Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, The Marches, and Worcestershire in the West Midlands; and Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester and Leicestershire, and South East Midlands in the East Midlands.

The project is receiving up to £78,550,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

The funds in which Midlands Engine Investment Fund invests are open to businesses with material operations, or planning to open material operations, in, the West Midlands and East & South East Midlands.

About the British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is the UK government’s economic development bank. Established in November 2014, its mission is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by improving access to finance for smaller businesses. Its remit is to design, deliver and efficiently manage UK-wide smaller business access to finance programmes for the UK government.

The British Business Bank’s core programmes support over £12.2 billion1  of finance to more than 96,000 smaller businesses2 .

As well as increasing the supply and diversity of finance for UK smaller businesses through its programmes, the Bank works to raise awareness of finance options available to smaller businesses. The British Business Bank Finance Hub provides independent and impartial information to businesses about finance options, featuring short films, expert guides, checklists and articles from finance providers to help make their application a success.

The British Business Bank is also responsible for administering the government’s three Coronavirus loan schemes and its Future Fund, together responsible for delivering £80.4 billion in finance to 1.67 million businesses. These schemes are now closed to new applications.

British Business Bank plc is a public limited company registered in England and Wales, registration number 08616013, registered office at Steel City House, West Street, Sheffield, S1 2GQ. Wholly owned by HM government, the Bank and its subsidiaries are not banking institutions and do not operate as such. They are not authorised or regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). A complete legal structure chart for the group can be found at the British Business Bank.

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    Figures as at end March 2022

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    Figures as at end March 2022