Finance Yorkshire triumphs at Dealmakers Awards

Left to right: Finance Yorkshire’s Andrew Burton, Julian Viggars and Alex McWhirter receiving the Alternative Finance Firm of the Year award from Gavin Frost, of event sponsor R&B Group

Finance Yorkshire came out on top at the prestigious 2014 Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards, taking the title of Alternative Finance Firm of the Year.

The Dealmakers awards dinner – run by Yorkshire Business Insider – is the biggest event of its kind for accountants, lawyers and business investors in the region.

The annual, black-tie event, held at New Dock Hall in Leeds, was attended by more than 600 of Yorkshire’s leading business figures. Gavin Frost, of event sponsor R&B Group, presented Alex McWhirter, Chief Executive of Finance Yorkshire, with the Alternative Finance Firm of the Year Award. The event was hosted by TV and radio presenter Colin Murray.

Alex said: “In a month where we have surpassed the £85.5m mark for investments, the Dealmakers Award is great recognition for Finance Yorkshire and the deals we have made in businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber – deals which have created and safeguarded 8,716 jobs and increased collective turnover by £224 million.”

Finance Yorkshire provides seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15,000 to £2m to help a range of small and medium sized businesses to meet their funding requirements for growth and development.

The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £30million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme, £15 million from UK Government and £45 million match funding from the European Investment Bank.

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Note: this news article is from Finance Yorkshire’s previous fund. Read more about Finance Yorkshire