Southport Reporter - You local online newspaper for Merseyside and the Liverpool City Region.

  .Sign up to get our FREE email news bulletins.  


News Report Page 2 of 14
Publication Date:-
News reports located on this page = 2.

£660m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II to supercharge small businesses in Liverpool

THE British Business Bank has launched its new Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II (NPIF II), a £660m fund set to cover the entire North of England. The Fund will continue to be available for businesses operating in Liverpool.

Since the launch of the first Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund in 2017, it has delivered over £570m of direct and private sector co-investment into 608 businesses in the North West, creating close to 3,500 jobs.

Aiming to build on the success of the initial fund, which facilitated over £1 billion of direct and private sector co-investment across the North, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II will enable businesses to access the Fund to start up, scale up or continue on their growth journey. NPIF II will drive sustainable economic growth by supporting innovation and creating local opportunity for new and growing businesses.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II will increase the supply and diversity of early-stage finance for Northern smaller businesses, providing funds to firms that might otherwise not receive investment and help to break down barriers in access to finance.

3 fund managers have been appointed to manage the fund in the North West. GC Business Finance & River Capital will manage the smaller loans part of the fund (£25,000 to £100,000), FW Capital will be responsible for larger loans (£100,000 to £2 million) and Praetura Ventures will manage equity deals (up to £5 million).

A Liverpool business already benefiting from NPIF investment is Stratton Tea, an ethical beverage and spice distributor. The business draws on a family legacy spanning over 75 years in the tea industry, and after over a decade of experience working in the industry, its founder, Razi Khan, was able to take Stratton Tea to international heights. The investment has bolstered equipment purchases and the creation of pivotal roles within the company, paving the way for an exciting expansion phase.

Razi Khan, Director at Statton Tea said:- "My vision is to transform consumers into responsible drinkers of high quality and sustainably sourced tea. NPIF investment has helped us take the next step towards this as we grow the business, and it has played an important role in supporting us."

Southport-based precision engineering group, Lattimer Group, is using its NPIF investment to support the firm's growth trajectory as it expands to meet evolving demands. This will strengthen its position as a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of branded component parts for the glass container manufacturing industry.

Carl Stead, Finance Director at Lattimer Group said:- "NPIF investment is helping us to invest in the future of the business as we move forward, giving us the working capital, we need. The team has been really helpful and are genuinely interested in helping our business flourish."

Louis Taylor, Chief Executive of the British Business Bank, said:- "The success of the first Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund has proven the instrumental change that access to finance can have for small businesses. From creating hundreds of jobs to developing ground-breaking products, we have seen companies that previously lacked funding options accelerate forward in their growth journeys, which has ultimately benefitted the whole of the Northern economy. This is why it was important to continue the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund into its next phase. With further funding available, and a greater geographical reach in the North West, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II will engage more stakeholders across the Regions, bringing the business community closer together to create more opportunities for entrepreneurs everywhere."

Following the official launch in Leeds, the British Business Bank will be holding a a roadshow of events for small business finance intermediaries across the Region to learn more about the Fund. Destinations include:-

  • Newcastle, on:- 18 April 2024.

  • Manchester, on:- 24 Apri 2024.

  • Sheffield, on:- 30 April 2024.

Further dates for roadshow events in:- Liverpool, Hull, Lancashire, Tees Valley, York, Cheshire, Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland will be announced shortly.

Funding secured to bring dozens of new electric buses to Liverpool City Region

MORE than £9m has been secured to help bring 58 fully-electric double decker buses to the Liverpool City Region, further bolstering the existing zero emission fleet.

The £9.4m has been awarded to the Combined Authority (CA) following a successful bid to the latest tranche of Department for Transport's Zero Emission Bus Regional Area fund (ZEBRA 2), which covers up to 75% of the cost difference between the zero emission vehicles and a standard diesel engine bus.

As approved when the bid was submitted in December 2023, the Combined Authority will also be contributing £22m in match-funding to the project, bringing the total amount of money committed to the project to more than £30m.

The new vehicles will join the City Region's current fleet which is already more than 70% zero or low emissions, including:- state of the art hydrogen buses as well as buses powered by hybrid electric and biomethane gas.

It's planned that the buses; which will be operated by Stagecoach; will run on the:- 17, 19, 14 and 20/21 bus routes between Kirkby, Tower Hill, Northwood and Liverpool City Centre.

Richard McGuckin, Executive Director for Place at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said:- "We're delighted to welcome the announcement of our successful bid to Department for Transport's ZEBRA 2 fund. We know this was a highly competitive process so this award speaks to high quality of our submission and the hard work of colleagues. The money secured will, along with the match funding already committed by the CA, help to bring dozens of new zero-emission buses to the City Region enabling us push forward with our ambitions to decarbonise our transport network and improve air quality."

Let us know your thoughts on this news topic... Email our Newsroom at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com or send us a message on:-  Mastodon, Facebook or Twitter.

Back Next
News Report Audio Copy
This Edition's Main Sponsor:- Holistic Realignment

This Edition's Main Sponsor:- Holistic Realignment - Your local, fully qualified sports therapist. Call now on:- 07870382109 to book an appointment.



Please support local businesses like:-
The Kings Plaice 

Our live webcams...

This is a live image that reloads every 30 seconds.

An Image from our Southport Webcam above. To see it live, please click on image.

See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

An Image from our Southport Webcam above. To see it live, please click on image.


Please support local businesses like:-


Click on to find out why the moon changes phases.  
This is the current phase of the moon. For more lunar related information, please click on here.

Disability Confident - Committed


Find out whats on in and around Merseyside!

This is just 1 of the events on our event calendar, click on
here to see lots more!

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the UK Press Regulator.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS the independent monitor for the UK's press.

This is our process:-
Policy - Complaints Procedure - Whistle Blowing Policy

Contact us:-


Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge.
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

Click on to see our Twitter Feed.   Click on to see our Facebook Page.   This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography. Click on to see our Twitter Feed.

Our News Room Office Address

Southport and Mersey Reporter, 4a Post Office Ave,
Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK

Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy - Terms & Conditions
  - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope.