Q&A: The ins and outs of raising finance to grow your business in the North East

Q&A: The ins and outs of raising finance to grow your business in the North East

Maven caught up with Gateshead-based thermoformed packaging manufacturer, iPac Packaging Innovations, who secured funding via the North East Development Capital Fund (NEDCF) 6 months ago, to enable the company to invest in its state-of-the-art facility to deliver on its ambitious expansion plans. 

iPac has achieved impressive growth since beginning production two years ago, quickly establishing the business as a key player and innovator in its industry. But how does an entrepreneurial, high-growth business such as iPac secure development capital funding? How do you find the right funding partner or decide if you should grow organically?

In Maven’s latest guest blog, investee Jonny Catto, Operations and Finance Director at iPac, talks through the company’s funding journey and how the finance has impacted the business and how it can help to achieve iPac’s long term goals.

  1. Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself – what does your business do and what’s your role?

I’m Jonny Catto, Operations and Finance Director at iPac packaging innovations. Having spend 8 years in Audit and Corporate Finance at Deloitte, London, I returned to the North East to set the company up with my business partner (and Father-in-Law), Harry Reed, and we have now been trading for 2 and a half years. iPac makes thermoformed trays primarily for food packaging applications. Our trays are 100% recyclable and generally contain around 90% recycled material; and all of our trays are designed to provide functional; environmental; and cost improvement for our customers.

  1. How did your search for funding lead you to Maven and what attracted you to Maven as a funding partner?

We were introduced to Maven through our accountants, UNW. As a start-up manufacturing business on a rapid growth trajectory, one of the key challenges is funding both fixed capital and working capital investments that are required to underpin growth and meet customer demands. The funding package that Maven was able to provide was tailored to our specific needs and structured to reflect the start-up/scale-up stage of our business in the short-term – whilst also building in some flexible options in the longer term. This made the package ideal for our stage of growth.

  1. How has the investment impacted your business?

Our year on year growth from 2018 to 2019 has seen revenues double. The investment provided by Maven has supported both the capital assets required to generate this revenue growth, as well as the working capital required to de-risk it and ensure that the growth is well controlled and managed.


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