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5th May 2019

Lincolnshire horticulture producer plants seeds for growth following £200k investment

Greater Lincolnshire-based family business will use the funding to invest in a hydroponic lettuce production facility, the first of its kind in the UK, also creating four new jobs

A Greater Lincolnshire-based horticulture producer and supplier has secured a £200,000 debt funding package from Maven Capital Partners and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

Jepco Glebe Limited will use the finance to invest in a new hydroponic lettuce production facility - the first of its kind in the UK.

Now in its third generation, the family-run company produces and sells a wide range of salad and vegetable products to the manufacturing, retail, food service and wholesale sectors in the UK and overseas markets.

Although Jepco already offers hydroponically-grown salad and vegetables to ensure its products are available beyond just the summer months, its existing unit operates at a limited level and does not produce in the colder months of the year. The new facility will provide all-year-round growing capability using environmentally responsible processes and green technology. The investment will also see the creation of four new jobs.

Hydroponics involves the process of growing plants by using mineral nutrient solutions in sand, gravel, or liquid, without the use of soil. The technological advancements and increasing success rates associated with the commercial hydroponics industry are some of the factors that have led to the market expanding exponentially.

Stuart Piccaver, Managing Director at Jepco Glebe said: “By investing in hydroponic solutions, we will be able to offer our customers a high yielding alternative for the future. The ability to continually supply high quality, environmentally friendly products as part of our growth plan excites us greatly. We look forward to growing and working with Maven in the coming years.”

The company was introduced to Maven by Anglia Commercial Solutions, a nationwide commercial finance broker which provides businesses with the most appropriate lender for their funding needs ranging from traditional to alternative sources of finance.

Richard Altoft, Investment Director at Maven Capital Partners said: “Jepco is a well-established business that has successfully diversified into a growing market. The firm is a great fit for the MEIF Debt Fund and the loan will help to support its ambitious growth plans. The company is run by an experienced and dedicated management team, which is committed to supplying high quality products to its wide-ranging customer base.”

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.

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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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