Top award for Finance Yorkshire

Left to right, from Finance Yorkshire, David Ward, Alex McWhirter, Paul Gower, Duncan Gray, Ashwin Kumaraswamy with Gavin Frost of R&B Group.

Finance Yorkshire triumphed at the Sheffield City Region Dealmakers Awards 2015, taking the title of Alternative Finance Firm of the Year.

The Dealmakers awards – run by Yorkshire Business Insider – is the region’s biggest event for accountants, lawyers and business investors.

The black-tie event at the at the Mercure St Paul’s Hotel, Sheffield, was attended by more than 200 leading business figures. It was hosted by Martin Bayfield, former England rugby union player.

Gavin Frost of R&B Group presented Alex McWhirter, Chief Executive of Finance Yorkshire, with the Alternative Finance Firm of the Year Award.

Alex said: “Having invested a milestone £90m at the end of 2014, the Dealmakers Award is superb recognition for Finance Yorkshire. We completed 145 deals in Yorkshire and Humber in the last year worth some £21.2 million, investing at a time when the market for finance still presents some challenges.

“As a result, Finance Yorkshire has become a respected and key player in the investment community across Yorkshire. We are now investing in more growing businesses this year, building on our magnificent track record in successful dealmaking.”

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 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, UK Government and match funding from the European Investment Bank.

For more information about Finance Yorkshire, please visit or call 0300 030 6060.

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