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SYIF Man Bound for Paris

Published: 12th April 2005

Tony Goulbourn (left) with Jonathan Dixon (right).

Deputy Chief Executive and Manager of SYIF’s Mentorbank , Jonathan Dixon has signed up for the ultimate challenge to cycle 300 miles from London to Paris in support of leading charity Action Medical Research. If all goes to plan, Jonathan expects to take just 4 days to cover the distance and should roll onto the Champs Elysees just a few hours ahead of the leaders of the Tour de France.

Jonathan decided to take the challenge to help shake off some extra weight gained over winter and at the same time, support a very worthwhile cause. Action Medical Research fund groundbreaking work into Parkinson’s Disease, asthma and meningitis all of which have affected members of Jonathan’s family in recent years.

Jonathan said "Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by diseases for which Action Medical Research is working hard to find solutions. I wanted to find a way to help and have fun at the same time! So far I’ve raised over £1,300 with pledges from South Yorkshire Investment Fund and partners UK Steel Enterprise and the YFM Group. My target is to raise at least £3,000 by July."

Companies or individuals wishing to sponsor Jonathan should contact him direct on 07 900 900 490 or log onto Jonathan’s page on the charity’s website at www.action.org.uk/~jonathand

Editor's Notes

About South Yorkshire Investment Fund

South Yorkshire Investment Fund  provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.

Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.

For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler,  on 0845 649 0000.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).