Proactive specialist asset management
We provide venture, private equity or debt finance to regional businesses with growth ambition.
Growing and investing in a business is about asking the right questions; what risks are you prepared to take, what are your expectations in terms of control, support and growth? And what does success look like?
“We aim to be the first-choice provider of capital across our specialist private capital classes for businesses that typically seek less than £10million.”
Mercia is a proactive specialist asset manager with a focus on regional businesses seeking venture, private equity or debt finance to scale their businesses.
We are exclusively a UK domestic investor, with focus on the UK regions.
Investment that goes beyond just finance
Mercia can trace its roots back to the 1980s and over recent years has enjoyed a period of impressive growth. We are proud of our journey so far and excited about the future ahead.
David Roberts – Chair
Mike Grant – CEO
Lonnie Mayne – Chair
David Carruthers – CEO
David Gales – NED
Steven Powell – Executive Chair
Nick Roesen – COO
Paul Wells – Chief Executive Officer
Tony Stansfield – Chief Technical Officer
Mercia’s investments across its four asset classes are powering ambitious regional SMEs with the capital that they need to grow. Our business model is designed specifically to support the funding needs of companies through their journey from origin to exit.
We were founded on deploying capital to the regions. London and the South East has a significant oversupply of capital creating high pre-money valuations. The UK regions offer exciting deals with businesses that are priced sensibly and have relatively modest capital needs that we can, if we chose to, support solely from our own means.
Get this right and a business will grow. People are the centre of everything that we do, whether it’s strengthening the industry-leading management teams that we invest in, or developing and collaborating with our colleagues, we strive to live our values and bring our best game to work every day.
Our specialist approach delivers deep domain knowledge, not just about our sectors, but equally, the regions in which we do business. This specialism matters to our portfolio because this knowledge-driven approach drives our investment success.
Mercia’s Platform provides access to high-quality business leaders, advisory teams and operational specialists to offer transformative support to help our portfolios’ leadership teams architect their success.
Mercia has c.£800million of assets under management with just under half being unrestricted free cash to invest over the next two to five years.
We also have powerful relationships and a deeply embedded ecosystem to provide access to a wealth of opportunities to leverage co-investment and the syndication that takes businesses to the finishing post.
Our approach to investing has evolved over many years and is predicted on the cyclical nature of private capital deployment in the regions,where optimised returns are driven through deep industry experience and buying well through the cycle.
Optimised returns are driven through deep industry experience and powerful partnerships that drives deal origination that allows Mercia to see 60% of deals in the regions.
We are focused on investing in the highest quadrant of businesses that have appropriate pre-money valuation. We tailor the deal structure to ensure that we can bring our complete connected capital solution into play and we recognise leadership teams that we can support in achieving the commercial drivers of value creation.
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