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  • Experience-centric bridal boutique set for success following startup investment

  • LCR Angel Network members invest in Liverpool-based LUME

  • Runcorn-based manufacturer acquired in significant MBO deal

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Personal Safety App Busby Secures 7-Figure Investment Boost through the LCR Angel Network

Personal safety app, Busby, and its sister technology RoadRadar have secured a seven-figure investment, including funds from a syndicate of angel investors through the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Angel Network’s introductions.

Founded in November 2019 by friends James Duffy, Kirk Ryan and Barry Green, Busby resides in Liverpool’s Global Innovation Hub for sensor technology, Sensor City and specialises in enhanced personal safety for individuals from cyclists to horse riders.

£1 million for Tahdah as Development Bank completes first co-investment with Alliance Fund Managers

Technology specialists Tahdah Verified Limited have secured a £1 million equity investment for their multi-tenant software platform with £750,000 coming from AFM as lead investor and £250,000 from the Development Bank of Wales.

This constitutes the Development Bank of Wales’ first co-investment with Liverpool-based fund management specialists, Alliance Fund Managers [AFM] as part of MSIF’s Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund.

Asolvi Acquires Momote; Enters Traffic Management and Highways Maintenance Sectors

Trondheim, Norway — 15th September, 2021: Asolvi is pleased to announce that it has acquired UK-based Momote, the company behind the innovative SaaS solution MyMobileWorkers (“MMW”).

MyMobileWorkers is one of the UK's most successful mobile workforce solutions for the traffic management and highways maintenance sectors. The deal will see Asolvi acquire 100% of Momote and adding the highly skilled Momote team to the expanding Asolvi UK organisation.

Betmate secures funding through the LCR Angel Network

Betmate, a social gaming platform allowing users to play against one another, has received a six-figure investment, including funds from a syndicate of angel investors introduced by the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Angel Network.

With traditional gambling, “the house always wins”. Betmate, founded by Ryan Lawrence, Declan Dowling and Dan Leaper in August 2020, is looking to change that. Betmate features an innovative way to bet, where you play against other people rather than the bookmaker.

Liverpool EdTech business SupplyWell set to scale following equity investment

North West based high-growth digital recruitment platform Supplywell has secured a £350,000 equity injection from MSIF’s Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund to support its continuing growth ambitions, as part of a round worth up to £500,000.

Founded in 2018 by ex- teacher Michael Heverin, digital marketing expert Dan Price, and recruitment specialist Raina Heverin the company has successfully progressed out of prototype stage and is now gearing for national expansion – ready to support schools and teachers across the UK.

Experience-centric bridal boutique set for success following startup investment 

A new and exciting bridal boutique has recently opened its doors in Chester City Centre. My Funny Valentine [MFV] Bridal Ltd  was founded by Hanni Frankland-Roberts, a former Associate Solicitor from Liverpool law-firm Hill Dickinson, who recognised a gap in the market following her own bridal shopping experience in 2018.

From this, Hanni had the idea to launch her own bridalwear shop, one that focussed on a customer-centric experience alongside the need for unique style, design and a competitive price range. 

LCR Angel Network members invest in Liverpool-based LUME

LUME Limited (LUME) has received significant investment from a syndicate of angel investors following the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Angel Network’s introductions.

Founded in 2020, LCR-based LUME is a workplace mental wellbeing platform aimed at building better places to work and helping people to thrive. The LUME app enables companies to better track employee mental health and identify what is impacting it. This makes it possible for companies to proactively prevent mental health problems, rather than reacting after the event.

Runcorn-based manufacturer acquired by management in significant MBO deal

Runcorn-based North West Roller Services Limited [NWRS], a manufacturer and distributor of consumables to the print industry, has undergone a significant management buyout deal as it prepares for the next phase of its growth.

NWRS Sales Manager, Barry Dodgson led the transaction which has been funded by a £1.5m equity investment from MSIF’s, AFM-managed, ‘Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund’ alongside a debt package from ThinCats.

Careers network, Springpod, raises £2.25M Series A to unlock young peoples’ futures

Liverpool & London based Springpod, a careers network that connects young people with employers & education providers, has raised a £2.25M Series A funding round. The investment was led by Alliance Fund Managers (“AFM”) through MSIF’s Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund, Triple Point and Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, alongside participation from existing investors.

Launched in 2018 by Sam Hyams and Oliver Fisher, Springpod is a specialist careers platform enabling young people to experience the world of work and university in order to make informed decisions about their futures.