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Gavin Cowling joins FW Capital

FW Capital, the company which manages the North West Fund’s £35 million Business Loans Fund, has appointed Gavin Cowling as senior investment executive.

The Liverpool and Manchester-based team is led by fund manager, Gary Guest, and Cowling, who has 30 year worth of business banking experience, will join investment executive Philip Hargreaves in Manchester.

Guest said, “Gavin is a well-known and respected lender in the Manchester area. We’re delighted he’s on board and sharing his considerable lending expertise.

“We now have a highly skilled team with a great deal of knowledge of deal structuring.”

The North West Fund is a £185 million evergreen fund financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank.

Recent FW Capital investments from the North West Fund for Business Loans include Tuff X Processed Glass and Totalpost Services, with more applications in the pipeline.

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