Ashcombe are pleased to announce that, having advised Spring Ventures at the time of their investment into Independent Growth Finance (IGF) in 2016, we have continued to work with IGF and Spring Ventures in 2017, including on raising a funding line from British Business Investments, the commercial investment arm of the British Business Bank.
John Onslow, CEO of IGF, comments: “Ten years on from the financial crisis, UK SMEs are still struggling to access the finance they need to grow their businesses. Our partnership with British Business Investments will provide much needed finance to SMEs. The finance we will be providing allows them to unlock the value of the assets they own and use them to borrow funds to expand and create jobs. We think that we have only begun to scratch the surface in this form of finance. It has enormous growth potential.”
IGF has been supporting UK SMEs since 1997, specialising in providing finance to businesses with a turnover between £500k and £100m per annum. The new funding line is open to SMEs who provide goods and services to other businesses.
In the 12 months to September 17, IGF increased to £53m the funding it provides to businesses across the UK, an increase of 180% year on year.
Catherine Lewis La Torre, Chief Executive Officer at British Business Investments, said: “For innovative smaller businesses, asset based lending can be the key to unlocking rapid growth without losing control of their business. This £30m commitment with IGF is another vital step in supporting businesses that are looking to expand, and is a further demonstration of our commitment to increasing the diversity of finance available to small businesses."