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Celebrations for established Sheffield firm

Published: 19th December 2003

Fund provides £50k loan for greetings card manufacturer.

A Sheffield firm, which is set to celebrate its 150th birthday, has secured a £50,000 unsecured loan from South Yorkshire Investment Fund.

Loxleys Print Ltd, which employs 90 people, is investing £200k in state-of-the-art technology for the manufacture and packing of greetings cards.

The business was introduced to the Fund by Richard Lukey of Business Link South Yorkshire. The loan from SYIF is matched by IFG2 grant funding with a further £150k injection coming from the company.

Based on Aizlewood Road in Sheffield, the company works for some of the major UK card publishers, including Carte Blanche and Paper Rose and has annual turnover of £6million.

Managing Director of Loxley's, Tim Carrington, said: "We are delighted with our loan from SYIF, it means that we can introduce the first 'digital asset management' facility into the UK greetings card industry.

"The investment will help us develop our marketing strategy - including the launch of a patented pennant product."

Tony Goulbourn, Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd, said: "We are always thrilled to help a long and established company. Loxley's is steeped in history but maintain their position in the market place by continued investment and innovative."

The Fund provides loans and equity investments ranging from £15k to £ 2.5m to businesses in, or prepared to relocate to, South Yorkshire. The Fund has already invested over £4.75 million in over 70 businesses.

It offers two key products, one of which is loans ranging from £15k to £ 150k with effective annual interest rates from as little as 3% per annum. Loans are unsecured for the majority of established profitable businesses with unsecured loans of up to £50k available for start-ups or early stage businesses.

The second product is an equity-linked package of a loan with equity options or equity investment, ranging from £50k to £2.5m where the Fund may take a minority shareholding in the business.

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. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also run Capital Network a Business Angels introductory service for early stage businesses in South Yorkshire.

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).