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6th August 2019

Cannock-based stainless steel firm secures MEIF finance

A Cannock-based manufacturer of stainless steel metal components has received £60,000 from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF).

Run by father and son team Nigel and Jake Mason, Stainless Metal Solutions Ltd (SMS) secured the finance to help purchase new equipment and expand its team - creating an additional two jobs as part of ongoing growth plans.

Nigel Mason, Director at SMS, said: “Benefitting from over 30 years’ experience in supplying coil and sheet to UK and European markets, we have built an excellent reputation in our sector which has influenced recent growth.

“We required funding to purchase new equipment, which has enabled us to advance our product range. This will not only help us boost sales, but also create two new jobs for local people, which is very important to us.”

Jake Mason, Co-Director at SMS, added: “Recent advancements in our sheet polishing department have given us a competitive advantage in the commercial kitchen sector – an area of growth for the firm that we seek to build on with this investment.”

Stainless Metal Solutions secured the funding from the MEIF Small Business Loan Fund, delivered by regional lender BCRS Business Loans.

Louise Armstrong, Senior Business Development Manager at BCRS Business Loans, said: “With a raft of experience and strong plans for the future, we were delighted to be able to provide SMS with the funding it needed to grow, giving the firm a real edge over competitors.

“As a not-for-profit organisation that lends for social and economic impact, we are pleased to see SMS creating jobs which will be beneficial for the local community.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Chairman David Frost CBE, said: “Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy and their can-do attitude and appetite for innovation make Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire a great place to invest and do business, so it is good to see this MEIF funding being used to support investment in a go-ahead local firm.

“Our region has a diverse and expanding range of impressive small and medium enterprises. Stainless Metal Solutions is an excellent example of this and I wish them every success for the future.”

To discover more about the MEIF small business loan fund in the West Midlands, visit www.bcrs.org.uk.

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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The #MEIF Quick Reference Guide breaks down the different types of finance available through the Fund and the types of businesses best suited to each. Download it here - https://t.co/RngOaJw0eV https://t.co/EvAftZBCy7 MidsEngInv photo

The @BritishBBank has today released its Small Business Finance Markets Report 2020. Key findings include #MEIF supporting 20% of equity deals in the #Midlands, helping the region's businesses unlock new growth. Read #SBFM2020 here - https://t.co/W32Uh2aPWG https://t.co/MLDHvnredp MidsEngInv photo

20% of equity deals in the Midlands supported by the #MEIF - revealed in the @BritishBBank's #SBFM2020 Report released today - https://t.co/W32Uh2aPWG https://t.co/bCrbzCeChd
MidsEngInv photo
British Business Bank @BritishBBank
Our regional funds, @MidsEngInv and @NPIFBBB, have contributed 20% and 16% respectively to equity deal numbers in the North & Midlands #SBFM2020 #LevelUp

Download the full report now
👉 https://t.co/pSuiMCJXle https://t.co/VzV0nikT14

Growth Hubs are centres for business support, connecting firms to the right help for their needs. With 10 located across the Midlands, find your nearest here - https://t.co/47oT5NP7xK https://t.co/gW78zLZ8Ym MidsEngInv photo

Supporting innovation is a key priority for the #MEIF, with the Fund investing £150k in Birmingham-based @aceleronenergy – a firm developing cutting edge battery technology. In the video below, CEO Amrit Chandan explains how the funding supported the firm’s #Growth https://t.co/im8hET5eGZ

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