Maven Capital Partners expands presence in East and South East Midlands to support SMEs

Jonathan Lowe and Graham Hall

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has further strengthened its Midlands team with the appointment of senior investment specialist Graham Hall.

Graham brings over 40 years’ extensive experience to Maven’s East and South East Midlands team with a proven track record of success having worked as a Senior Business Manager with Lloyds TSB and Business Adviser advising SMEs with turnovers up to £10m on best business practice and effective financial management. Graham will be focusing on the South East Midlands area, which includes Luton, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

The South East Midlands is one of the fastest growing economies in the country with a growth value added (GVA) of £50 billion, and it is one of the top locations for producing firms engaged in product and service innovation.

Jonathan Lowe, Investment Director MEIF East and South East Midlands, at Maven, said: “Graham brings an enormous amount of experience to our Midlands team and an unparalleled level of knowledge of supporting SMEs across the East and South East Midlands.

“We are delighted to increase our resources and skill-set and continuing to provide strategic funding to entrepreneurial and high-growth businesses in the area, helping them to further develop their strategies and expand.”

Maven has also appointed Chris Rogers and Richard Altoft in the Worcestershire and Greater Lincolnshire regions respectively, to increase the level of support to Midlands-based companies across all stages of the investment process and for ongoing business support.

Chris has responsibility for new MEIF investments and will work closely with investee companies throughout Worcestershire. Chris joins Maven after a 22-year career in commercial banking with RBS, as a Senior Relationship Manager, providing structural guidance and financial analysis to SMEs.

Working across Greater Lincolnshire, Richard has joined Maven following a long career in banking, most recently as Corporate Manager at Handelsbanken, where he was responsible for building relationships with new-to-bank corporate clients and successfully managing a corporate portfolio of customers, consistently delivering strong growth.

The increased recruitment drive across the Midlands represents the final round of appointments following Maven’s appointment to manage £90m MEIF debt funds, focused on providing debt funding to high-potential growth businesses located across both the West Midlands and the East & South East Midlands regions. Composed of two separate funds, of £50m for SMEs located in the West Midlands, and £40m for growth businesses in the East & South East Midlands, the Fund provides finance of between £100,000 and £1.5million.

Andrew Ferguson, Partner at Maven, said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris, Richard and Graham to the team to further strengthen our presence across the region. All three already have considerable in-depth knowledge of the local SME market, and a range of specialist knowledge allied to the national resource of Maven’s UK business.

“The Midlands has a well-deserved reputation as a centre for pioneering growth companies of tomorrow that help drive the UK economy. We are pleased to have expanded our MEIF debt fund team further and look forward to continuing our support for SMEs across the region to help them grow, access new markets and prosper.”

Commenting on the recruitment, Grant Peggie, Director, at the British Business Bank, said: “Our Fund Manager partners play a crucial part in the Midlands Engine Investment Fund’s commitment to regional business growth and work closely with SMEs throughout the finance application process and beyond, providing advice on how to use investment to scale effectively.

“By making additions to its team, Maven is not only reaffirming its commitment to the MEIF but increasing the amount of expertise available to the region’s SMEs. I look forward to seeing how these new team members contribute to ensuring that Midlands businesses can access the finance they need to facilitate their growth ambitions.”