Venture

Venture investing is what Mercia is most well-known for and we have a portfolio of almost 200 businesses which we have backed in all regions of the UK.

Investment starts from £100,000 up to £10million

Some of these venture backed businesses are university spinouts; either established teams from larger corporates who have spun out IP which is no longer relevant to that parent business.

Our venture capital funds can invest in all areas of the UK, although some have specific regional focuses including MEIF, NEVF and NPIF, and we have our own Mercia EIS Funds which can invest in all areas of the UK.

During Mercia's assessment of an investment opportunity we've always found the people to be down to earth, commercial and, invariably technically as sharp as a pin. Post-investment, our clients have enjoyed Mercia's involvement in their businesses, with close, mutually respectful relationships being at the heart of the successful investment outcomes.

Jeremy Cole, Cole Associates Corporate Finance

I’ve worked alongside Mercia recently on investments into three North East businesses, which completed in three consecutive months. It’s testament to Mercia, as efficient, commercial and experienced fund managers, to be able to deliver three very different investments in such a short timeframe.

Adam Rayner, Muckle

I found them to be highly responsive and work with a determination to complete deals within the target timescales. They are good at relating to the problems that entrepreneurs face and utilising their wider network to facilitate introductions.

Robert Cooper, UNW

I have worked with Ian and his team at Mercia on multiple deals and there are two things that make them stand out for me. The first is the speed of initial decision process - they will give an honest early appraisal of the opportunity, good or bad, and secondly and how they react when things go wrong (which they always do with early stage business!). In my experience Ian and his team are always prepared to go the extra mile for the investee Company.

Malcolm Holloway, E-Financial Management (EFM)

Acceleris have worked with Mercia for many years and have several common investee companies amongst our respective portfolios. During this time, we have come to appreciate Mercia’s approach to investing in the technology sector and appreciate their honest and open way of working and problem solving when issues arise.

Simon Thorn, Acceleris

I have worked with Mercia for a number of years and they are my go to investor in Yorkshire when assisting early stage companies with an equity fundraise. They have an approachable and professional team at all levels.

Mick Morris, Sedulo

Every team I know which has returned from a presentation with Mercia have positive, helpful feedback and feel that they have gained from the experience and moved nearer to their goals. Not something that can be said for all venture investors at this early, high-risk phase.

Clive Bawden, Look After Business

We have enjoyed and got real benefit from our association with Mercia. The team present an effective mix of empathy with clear business thinking and common sense. They operate commercially, logically, and reliably. They are proactive and keen to spot and develop commercial opportunities. The individuals are smart, decent, and a pleasure to work with.

David Smith, Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance (Manchester)

I’ve been really impressed with the time and commitment Mercia has put into businesses prior to investment to help them see if a funding route would be right for them. Mercia has brought a network of advice and expertise as well as dedication and time to helping build the businesses and we’d encourage any business looking for funding to speak to them.

John Connolly, Centre for Digital Innovation [C4DI]