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New board member for South Yorkshire Investment Fund

Published: 21st November 2005

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John Warner

South Yorkshire Investment Fund has appointed John Warner as a Board member.

John Warner (pictured) is a partner of Sheffield-based accountants Barber, Harrison and Platt and specialises in corporate finance, strategic and succession planning and profit improvement. He primarily works with SME’s in a range of sectors, particularly manufacturers, general insurance brokers and financial services companies.

He has been with Barber, Harrison and Platt since 1977 and was made partner a decade later. John is a keen golfer and used to play for the county.

John, who is an avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday, said: "I am thrilled to have joined SYIF and am relishing the challenges ahead.

"The Fund is a vital part of the business support network in the region and I am proud to be associated with it."

"My experience and knowledge of the corporate finance sector should enable me to help drive the Fund further forward."

Said SYIF Chairman David Moody: "I am delighted to welcome John to our Board of Directors. He brings with him a vast array of skills and experience and will help us take SYIF forward."

South Yorkshire Investment Fund provide loans and equity linked investments ranging from £15k to £2.5m to businesses in, or prepared to relocate to, South Yorkshire. The Fund has already invested £16.2 million in 139 businesses.

A unique feature of the way the Fund can help businesses is the Mentorbank project, which provides subsidised mentoring support to help management teams grow their business more profitably.

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).