The last 12 months has seen our portfolio in the North West go from strength to strength. Be that driving international sales, demonstrating expert leadership, embarking on a buy-and-build strategy, or delivering strong financial results.

Warrington-based Mini-Cam is just one business that has had a landmark year. It has experienced exceptional growth, continued to invest in its manufacturing facilities, launched a number of innovative products and expanded into new overseas markets.

In 2016 Mini-Cam acquired a second premises to support its international growth, notably in the USA and Germany. Overall revenues increased by 40 per cent from £7.6m to £10.6m.

This saw the business being named Company of the Year at the North West International Trade Awards, commended for its spectacular level of innovation’. The pipeline inspection equipment specialist was also recognised for its international success in The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100.

Two other portfolio companies excelling overseas include: ATG Access, the designer, manufacturer and supplier of high security vehicle barrier systems, and famed manufacturer Seabrook Crisps.

Glenn Cooper, president of ATG Access, was named International Director of the Year in recognition of driving forward the firm’s thriving export business, which now accounts for 75 per cent of its pipeline.

In 2016 Seabrook began exporting after LDC backed the management buyout of the business in 2015. The business has secured export deals with Lulu Hypermarket in the UAE, Monoprix in France, Carrefour in Spain and most recently the 470 Aldi stores in Australia.

Businesses like this exemplify British manufacturing at its best, but the success of our North West portfolio spans a much broader industry landscape.

Last year, procurement outsourcing specialist Inprova Group launched its new energy business Inprova Energy – following its acquisitions and integration of the established energyTEAM, ENER-G Procurement, and UES Energy businesses.

The newly branded business – Inprova Energy – is already one of the top ten business energy procurement and management consultancies in the UK and has a 40-year history.

For business services firm Ellis Whittam, 2017 marked the opening of a new office in Glasgow – its first outside the North West. This move created 35 new jobs and underlines the business’s ambitious plans to increase its current Scottish customer base of 200 organisations.

Technology is another sector we’re seeing ramp up across the region. Giacom World Networks, the fast-growing cloud IT and communications solutions provider, continues to capitalise on the increasing demand for cloud-based solutions among SMEs and is on track to double revenues this year. The business recorded revenues of £6.6m in 2015/6 and is set to top £13m in 2017.

From manufacturing to food and drink, and business services to technology, the sectors wesupport are diverse, yet there is one constant that remains.

At the helm of each business is a management team with the expertise and ambition to successfully drive forward its growth strategy. This is what we back and we’re proud to be a part of their journey.

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