European Commission - Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

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Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Policy objectives Plus
Presentation of the measure:

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is an initiative launched by the government-owned British Business Bank. The government firmly believes that SMEs form the foundation of the region’s future growth. NPIF therefore aims to nurture regional entrepreneurship by providing over £400m of investment to support for small and medium businesses between 2016 and 2021. NPIF's funding will support new and growing SMEs, create jobs and encourage and attract additional private sector investment. NPIF provides commercial finance through three types of product funds: Microfinance, Debt Finance and Equity Finance. These funds provide funding options and are designed to plug in common gaps in the provision of finance, giving your business access to the funding it needs to help it grow. NPIF funding is drawn from several sources including the UK Government, the European Investment Bank, the British Business Bank and the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF (including nominal allocations from 10 out of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North of England).

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Subsidised loans (including interest allowances)
Venture capital (including subordinated loans)
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (e.g results of first call for proposals still not known).
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

This measure can boost the entrepreneurship thanks to the support to the birth and the growth of the SMEs. An important factor for reaching this goal is the gap in the provision of finance. A negative factor is the poor weight SMEs have in the regional context.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

The regional stakeholders must be sure about the financial gap in the market. The SMEs must face problems in borrowing and/or raising money. Moreover, in the target area there could be a good entrepreneurial activity. The things that must be avoided when launching this kind of measure is believing that this without collateral activities (e.g. mentorship) could improve the entrepreneurial spirit in the area.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible