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Profile Spring 2007 Newsletter

New appointment

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Chris Fitzsimmons

South Yorkshire Investment Fund has appointed Chris Fitzsimmons as an investment manager dealing with equity investments.

Chris (41) is a specialist in technology investment having originally been one of the founders of far blue; an early stage technology fund backed by UK and US investors that focused on the European market.

As well as looking after equity investments he will be working with the soon to be launched Seedcorn Fund - that will invest in early stage technology and knowledge-based businesses in South Yorkshire.

Chris' last role was as a director at Tower Gate Capital Ltd, based in London, where he managed a portfolio of private and public investments across the UK, US, Canada and Spain - focusing mostly on the technology, media and telecoms sectors.

Chris said: "I'm really looking forward to my new role at South Yorkshire Investment Fund where I should be well placed to apply my experience in developing and growing businesses across the region."

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.
http://www.finance-yorkshire.com

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).