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The European Investment Bank has committed £100m to a two-year programme to help UK-based SMEs invest in transport, hi-tech and industrial equipment.

The North West Fund for SMEs has invested more than half its capital, having supported over 235 businesses with £79m in the past three years.

Lending by the North West Fund for Business Loans has topped £6.5 million just over a year after its launch.

Business angels have so far contributed more than twice as much as banks in match-funding for investments made by the North West Fund.

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