Our networks

The power of the network

It's not what you know, it's who you know

There’s a lot of truth in this statement. Whilst of course we know that a successful investment is always built around the team and a product, it often takes an introduction to an experienced non-executive to help make a good investment, a great one.

It’s the power of our networks which makes Mercia an attractive investment partnerMark Payton, CEO of Mercia

A vibrant network

Mercia is committed to building a vibrant, engaging non-executive network that has an enviable depth and breadth of skills and experience.  Our driving passion is to make a real difference beyond the provision of capital, through hands on support to our portfolio companies.

Across the group we are supporting more than 200 venture backed businesses, growing every month. The collective talent on the boards of these companies is palpable. Notwithstanding some great in-house expertise, we aim to nurture this potential with the experience and supportive, complimentary capabilities evident within our strong non-executive network.

The combination of an experienced non-executive, alongside the skill-sets of the strong management teams we back, ultimately enhance shareholder value for all.

We are continuously expanding our network of individuals across a range of sectors and geographies. We always welcome a conversation with individuals who have demonstrable experience of starting, scaling and of course most importantly, exiting, a business.

Lisa Ward

Collaborating for sustained growth

Mercia’s network enables us to quickly and efficiently identify great people to join our portfolio businesses to support them along their journey. As one of the most active investors in the UK regions we’re always interested in meeting successful non-executive chairs, non-executive directors and plural finance directors to join our network.

If you would like to know more and think you have something to offer then please do email info@mercia.co.uk or call 0330 223 1430 as we would love to hear from you.


Chair Summit 2020

How do you stop a founder from dominating board meetings – or persuade an under-performing CEO to step aside? How can you help a business to grow rapidly with limited funds? And how do you achieve the right balance between strategy and operations?

These were just some of questions raised at Mercia’s Chair Summit, which took place at the University of Warwick and gave non-executives from our portfolio companies the chance to ask the experts and share their challenges. The full-day event was attended by over 40 non-executives.

Mercia values

Growth focused

We seek to optimise performance at an individual, team group and investee level


We think deeply, always meeting commitments and aiming to exceed expectations


We are recognised as experts in our field, sharing knowledge for the benefit of others


We are trusted partners, known for being honest, professional, reliable and fair

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