About Us

Our Purpose

Our primary rationale is to provide tailored funding solutions and support for ambitious and innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to help them achieve their maximum potential.  This includes the provision of fund management services, training and consultancy, and the management of business angel networks. Most recently this has seen us provide funding and support to businesses and organisations in the social enterprise sector.

Our Structure

FSE C.I.C. is an independent not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) whose surpluses are reinvested in the business, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. FSE C.I.C. has a number of subsidiary companies to deliver its funds and services, which are collectively referred to as The FSE Group. All regulated activities are delivered through FSE Fund Managers Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Finance East Limited delivers funding for businesses based in the East of England region.

Our Approach

We pride ourselves in taking a holistic approach to the funding needs of our clients, working with them closely to understand their business and their funding requirements. Whether working with early stage companies to prepare them for investment, sourcing and providing finance from our funds under management or via our business angel networks, or assisting with business development through training and other support, we offer a broad range of expertise to SMEs wanting to grow.

Our Funds, Networks and Services

Funds managed by us typically lead the investors in their asset class. The FSE Group manages both debt and equity funds and, as a cornerstone investment, ours can act as a key building block to leverage in additional finance. Our social funds are targeted at a diverse range of businesses, organisations and communities. We concentrate on making impact investments, currently focusing on growing social enterprises and community-based renewable energy projects.

In addition to our funds under management we help SMEs secure funding from private investors through our business angel networks and investor clubs, which link growing businesses looking for equity with our pool of active investors. We have a depth of experience in this area and also provide training through the Ready for Equity! Academy, to both entrepreneurs and investors to help them avoid potential pitfalls when seeking and making angel investments.

We understand that it takes more than just money for a company to succeed. Our additional services to support entrepreneurs and SMEs can assist companies from start-up to expansion.  We help businesses to focus growth plans, understand the funding options and prepare for the journey ahead.  Whether by offering investment readiness advice, placing an appropriately skilled mentor, or running current and relevant training seminars, we support ambitious SMEs towards and beyond financial investment.

Our Community of Partners

We work closely with organisations such as Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), universities, Big Society Capital and other charitable trusts, through the various funds we manage. When working with partners our aim is to help them deliver their goals of assisting and improving the respective communities within which they are operating.