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11th October 2018

Coalville manufacturer secures £110,000 investment

Zeeko, a Leicestershire-based manufacturer, has received £110,000 from Enterprise Loans East Midlands (ELEM) and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF).

Following this investment, the 18-year old firm is to diversify its operations; moving from traditional manufacture of machinery for polishing high precision optics, to the design, development, manufacture, testing and software development of a new product range.

While already active in a number of international markets including China, Japan and India, this diversification will see the firm produce a wider array of items such as turbine blades and orthopaedic joints.

Richard Freeman, director at Zeeko, said:

“Zeeko was born out of necessity with changes in the market at the turn of the millennium. I am a mechanical engineer by trade and have been in the industry for more than four decades, so I have seen first-hand the shift in business as manufacturing moves overseas.

“There’s a very limited market for our products in the UK, which means funding through traditional lenders has been difficult to access, as exporters are not looked upon very favourably. Couple this issue with being an SME, and it’s almost impossible. This is why funding streams such as MEIF are absolutely vital for businesses like ours, and the team at ELEM has been instrumental in our business growth.”

Through Enterprise Loans – the fund manager responsible for the delivery of the MEIF Small Business Loans fund in the East and South-East Midlands – Zeeko has been provided with this finance injection and is expected to achieve a £6 million turnover this year.

Sukhveer Chirrimar, loan fund advisor at Enterprise Loans East Midlands, said:

“This is a quality tech and manufacturing company that the East Midlands should be proud to have operating here. This funding is a vital part of Zeeko’s financing strategy, helping it to retain highly qualified and skilled professionals within the region. In my opinion, this is exactly the type of business MEIF has been established to support, in a situation where banks and traditional lenders do not.”

Lewis Stringer, senior relationship manager at the British Business Bank, said:

“Since the MEIF was launched, the Leicester and Leicestershire area has proven itself to be a ‘hotbed’ of innovative technology businesses with exciting growth potential. Zeeko is clearly such a business.

“I would encourage any company planning investment to follow its example and contact ELEM and our other fund managers to discuss the finance options available to them.”

Kevin Harris, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership chair, said:

“As one of the ten Midlands LEPs supporting the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, I am delighted to see another Leicestershire business has successfully secured the investment they need to develop and grow. 

“It is essential that local small businesses can access the finance they need to expand in to new markets and create jobs that all contribute to the vibrancy of the business community across Leicester and Leicestershire.”

The MEIF project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the ERDF, as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

For more information on Enterprise Loans visit www.first-enterprise.co.uk or follow @1st_Enterprise on Twitter. For further information on the MEIF please visit www.meif.co.uk or follow @MidsEngInv.

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Last year, the #MEIF celebrated its £50 million investment milestone after helping over 150 businesses secure the finance they needed to grow. Now with over 280 investments made - find out how you could use #MEIF investment to expand your business here - https://t.co/WeQKRS6ZcB https://t.co/l8V8r7UMeh MidsEngInv photo

Whether you are just starting out or are an established business owner, the @BritishBBank’s Business Finance Guide is a key tool for assessing which finance type is right for your business needs. Download it here - https://t.co/guhUslg4wu https://t.co/hEsxqjldWN MidsEngInv photo

Our newest fund manager @FinanceSE will deliver a £40 million debt fund with the capability to invest between £100k and £1.5 million in ambitious businesses based across the Midlands. Read more here - https://t.co/3MeyslaD1z https://t.co/3V3DRGjVXz MidsEngInv photo

Unsure about which funding type is right for your business? The #MEIF offers four different types of finance ranging from £25k to £2 million. For more information about each type and which is best-suited for your #GrowthPlans, visit our funding page - https://t.co/R1yvnMhmVM https://t.co/NSU4D0OOG1 MidsEngInv photo

#MEIF Small Business Loans are designed for micro businesses and SMEs needing debt finance for a range of purposes including: filling gaps in growth capital, funding expansion projects or leasing commercial premises. Read more here - https://t.co/JMRE95q1FM https://t.co/oHEbmyxU57 MidsEngInv photo

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