Business finance fund celebrates 30 years

Paul Taberner of Enterprise Ventures
Paul Taberner of Enterprise Ventures
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Rosebud Finance, the finance package which helps Lancashire firms to grow, is celebrating a record period of job creation as it marks its 30th anniversary

Rosebud has helped to create over 220 jobs since the start of the year – more than any other six-month period since it was established in June 1986.

The figure includes over 200 jobs at Hinduja Global Solutions’ Preston call centre, after Rosebud provided finance for the company’s expansion.

Funding from Rosebud – which includes both loans and equity finance – has also created over 20 jobs at other Lancashire companies during the first half of the year. It is managed by Enterprise Ventures on behalf of Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL) - the county council’s economic development company.

The origins of Rosebud go back to one of the toughest economic periods in Lancashire’s history. In 1986, the county was still reeling from the effects of the early 80s recession, when 31,000 jobs were lost and manufacturing output fell by 14 per cent. It was also suffering from the continuing decline of traditional industries.

By October 1986, unemployment was running at 13.3 per cent – more than double the rate of today.

Rosebud was initially set up to provide smaller sums of £1,000 to £10,000 to encourage entrepreneurship, although the amounts available have increased over the years.

Paul Taberner of Enterprise Ventures said: “Rosebud was set up 30 years ago with the mission to create jobs and continues to do so today, as the last six months have shown.

“While initially it provided very small sums, over the years it has played a more strategic role in economic growth, providing larger amounts to companies of all sizes. It is now one of the longest established and most successful funds of its type in the UK.”

County Coun Niki Penney, chair of LCDL, said: “From the start of Rosebud 30 years ago to the current day, we’ve continued to change and adapt to meet the needs of businesses in Lancashire.”