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           Re-launch of Finance East as Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) opens up new funding
                                      sources for companies in the East

Finance East and Finance South East have re-launched under a single name – The FSE Group - as an
independent community interest company (C.I.C.) with a growing range of funds and services for
companies, communities and social enterprises in the East.

The FSE Group’s award winning team delivers a range of debt and equity growth finance solutions and
support to innovative SME’s. With approximately £40m funds under management, the team;
recognised as Best Early Stage Investment Team by the British Business Angel Association (BBAA) in
2009, has invested over £6m in companies in the East of England over the last three years (see notes to

From its office in East Anglia (Ipswich), The FSE Group manages four funding vehicles exclusively geared
to companies in the East:

The East of England Regional Growth Loan Scheme provides a debt facility to high growth companies
based in the East of England. Loans of between £50,000 and £200,000 are available for revenue
generation companies with annual turnover of at least £500,000.

The East of England Business Angel Co-Investment Loan Scheme is designed to offer a flexible loan to
unlock business angel investment. The facility is provided on the basis of a minimum 60% business angel
investment to 40% co-investment loan split of the total funding requirement. Investments range from
£50,000 to £125,000.

The Suffolk Investor Club (SIC): is managed by the FSE Group and supported by Suffolk County Council.
Regular meetings present early-stage, high-growth companies from the East of England with an
opportunity to pitch to business angels.

The Bedford Business EIS Fund: enables locally-based investors to collaborate together to invest in a
portfolio of high growth potential businesses within the Bedfordshire area via the tax-efficient
mechanism of an EIS Fund.

However, in addition to these local and regional funding sources, the Group offers a number of other
national funding schemes which businesses in the East are eligible to apply for:

The Community Generation Fund: a national fund to support community-based renewable energy

The Social Impact Co-Investment Fund: loans of £25k – £100k to SME’s anywhere in the UK, which
primarily operate with a social purpose. Business angel matched funding required.

Commenting on the changes, Sally Goodsell, Chief Executive said:

        “Our new independent C.I.C. status affords us greater freedom to expand, with a compelling
        combination of local, regional and national funds and services. We are working with a range of
        partners from both the public and private sectors to create and deliver new funding schemes to
        support business growth. At a time when fundraising is increasingly difficult, this is good news
        for businesses in the East of England and we look forward to seeing further investments in the

In addition to the portfolio of managed funds, The FSE Group will continue to work with businesses to
develop their investment case and unlock funding from a range of grant, debt and equity sources. This
support is delivered via programmes such as Knowledge Exchange and Ready4Equity.

For more information on these services and our current range of funds, please see our website:

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Further information:

Media enquiries:
Marcie Bell, The Foundry House
T: 01480 880986

For queries about national funds and services:
Sally Goodsell, Chief Executive, The FSE Group
T: 01276 608519

For queries about East of England funds and services:
Stuart Ager, Senior Fund Manager, The FSE Group
T: +44 (0)845 180 0580

For queries about the Bedford Business EIS Fund:
Julie Silvester, Head of Equity Funds
T: 01276 608521

Notes to editors:

Companies in the East of England that have secured funding via The FSE Group include:

Redd & Whyte, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Qualitetch, March, Cambridgeshire
ETher NDE, Harpenden, Herts
EBase, Nr Sandy, Bedfordshire
Factory Lane Autos, Halstead, Essex

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