Farnborough Based Sustainable Housing Firm Receives £200,000 Loan

Farnborough Based Sustainable Housing Firm Receives £200,000 Loan

Talo, a manufacturer of sustainable housing, has secured £200,000 from the Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator to help deliver new and affordable homes.

Founded in January 2017 by Anthony Greer, Bengt Magnussen and Leona Wikman, Talo delivers offsite manufactured housing which demonstrate Sustainable Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) homes, with a focus on the affordable housing sector. These houses offer several advantages over traditionally constructed homes, one of these key benefits is that they are environmentally friendly because of their carbon negative nature. While a traditionally built house may emit 10 tons of CO2in construction, the equivalent Talo built house achieves a Carbon Sink of -6 tons. The MMC system is fully developed and well established, having been used for more than 40 years in Nordic countries, and Talo has already delivered 38 homes in the UK.

In the UK there is an annual shortfall in affordable homes of 150,000 and the Government has set-out an £11.5bn 5-year affordable housing programme (AHP) with a target of 25% of affordable housing to be built using MMC. According to InnovateUK, the construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment accounts for 45% of total UK carbon emissions (with 27% coming from domestic buildings). As the UK Government has legally binding commitments to the ‘Net Zero’ target by 2050, Talo’s MMC solution, which is better than Net Zero and takes half the time to develop and build compared to traditional building methods is primed to target this opportunity.

Anthony Greer, Director of Corporate at Talo explains: “The UK has ambitious targets to become a world leader in MMC and we look forward to supporting this drive to build affordable, sustainable housing. It is great to be working alongside James and the EM3 team with a loan that has come at a pivotal time in the housing sector. Thanks to this loan, we will be able to accelerate the delivery of key projects in the affordable housing space.”

James Edwards, Investment Manager, South East for The FSE Group, which manages the EM3 Funding Escalator on behalf of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), commented: “We were impressed by Talo’s track record and the expertise of the senior management team. Furthermore, the company’s market leading sustainable products can help the UK deliver on its Net Zero agenda. We are delighted to be able to offer this funding and look forward to working with Anthony and the team to ensure they reach their goals for growth.”

The Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator is £10million initiative funded by Enterprise M3 LEP. The escalator, which includes an expansion loan scheme, a trade finance loan scheme and an equity growth fund, provides eligible companies with loans and equity funding between £50,000 and £300,000 for activities that will deliver high-growth and employment opportunities across the EM3 area.

For more information about the Enterprise M3 Short Term Loan Scheme please visit https://www.thefsegroup.com/fund/enterprise-m3-funding-escalator/ or contact James Edwards james.edwards@thefsegroup.com

For more information about Talo, please visit https://www.talo.co.uk/ or email hello@talo.co.uk