The FSE Group is pleased to announce the recruitment of Ryan Cartwright and Abbie Peat, who join the team in the Midlands which manages the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Debt Finance Fund. Ryan joins as Investment Manager for the West Midlands and Abbie will take up the role of Investment Manager for the East Midlands. 

Ryan’s career in SME finance began with the RBS Group where he worked in Relationship Management roles within Corporate Banking for nine years. His next move was to a regional Growth Hub in Staffordshire before returning to commercial finance with a private sector invoice finance and factoring business where he was responsible for setting up an office and developing a new portfolio of clients from scratch. In 2018 he became the West Midlands Senior Manager for the British Business Bank which gave him a deeper experience of the diversity of finance options available to SMEs including equity and debt products.  

Abbie has almost 20 years’ experience in the banking sector with varying roles including Relationship Management, Training & Development, Business Risk and Assurance and Project work. Working for Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank, she helped deliver the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and most recently supported the bank’s phase out of LIBOR which is one of the largest, most complex regulatory driven change projects ever to impact the financial services industry and its customers. 

Ryan Cartwright, Investment Manager at The FSE Group, said, “I’m pleased to join the team at FSE and to continue the great work being carried out by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). Having previously worked with the MEIF while I was part of the British Business Bank, I’m excited to directly work with and support the SMEs who use the fund and who are growing and enriching the Midlands.”  

Abbie Peat, Investment Manager at The FSE Group, added “I’ve worked directly with business banking customers for years but I’m excited to be able to make this my main focus. The Midlands has a wonderful community of SMEs and is a region experiencing significant growth through investment. I’m delighted to be a part of this and to use my knowledge to guide and support local companies who are taking the next steps on their growth journey.”   

The MEIF Debt Finance Fund can be used for expansion related activities which will deliver substantial growth impact within the area. Through this fund, eligible SMEs can secure growth loans ranging from £100,000 - £1,500,000 which can be used for sales and marketing activity, hiring new employees/job creation, new product development, exporting abroad, purchasing new equipment or entering new markets. 

Andy Moss, Head of Fund at The FSE Group, commented: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Abbie and Ryan, two highly skilled investment professionals, who will complete our Midlands team. The FSE Group has supported 48 businesses across the Midlands and is looking to increase this number by continuing to work with growing SMEs in the region. Both Abbie and Ryan have a deep understanding of the challenges and demands faced by local businesses which makes them ideally placed to continue this work.” 

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.