MSIF are a Merseyside investor. They will occasionally look at deals in Greater Manchester, but with a bias towards later-stage companies, with growing revenues and a clear path to profitability.

£50k – £2m

Any sector, and any geographic area

Making early sales, Funding for growth.

Post-ERDF funds (approx. £20m)

“MSIF provides funding to support all sorts of businesses across a range of sectors and for a variety of needs. We invest in small to medium sized businesses (less than 250 employees) but this includes the very small end, the much larger end and everything in between. MSIF can provide funding to sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.”

MSIF are now investing gains realised from previous rounds of EU funding. Funds are not restricted, but there is still a strong desire to do most of their investing in Merseyside.

Internal investment committee.

Example companies

Kids Allowed

Kids Allowed operates a group of childcare facilities across the North West area. The centres cater from babies to 10 year old children offering full time, part time and pre and after school childcare facilities.

Why they invested

At the time of MSIF’s investment in 2009 Kids Allowed had three sites. The business was doing extremely well and the management saw the opportunity to expand the Kids Allowed brand into new locations.

Sovex Systems

The company specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of vehicle loading and parcel handling systems. Its blue chip client base includes, DHL, DPD, Hermes, UK Mail, and Yodel.

Why they invested

MSIF initially invested in Sovex by way of a small loan. The company grew rapidly and later received two subsequent investments of £400k and £750k to support the company’s significant expansion plans. In the last two years Sovex has doubled its workforce, now employing 105 staff. Turnover increased from £8m in 2011 to £13m in 2012 and £19m in 2013. Export began in 2011 and now accounts for £6million of the company’s turnover.

Market Mouse Ltd

The company has developed a website which incorporates a pitch locator software system that enables market operators to advertise stall space.

Why they invested

“I think Market Mouse is a fantastic idea and there is nothing else out there like it. Markets, like a lot of retail outlets have experienced a decrease in footfall due to the recession and the rise of online shopping. Market Mouse will help to promote an alternative shopping experience to consumers and ensure that market operators and traders can communicate to optimise joint opportunities.”