Cenergist secures six-figure NPIF - FW Capital investment to expand business

Keith Charlton
Deputy Fund Manager

Tees Valley-based energy and water efficiency firm Cenergist has secured a £235,000 loan from NPIF - FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Cenergist is a specialist energy and water efficiency company working across the UK, Europe, India and Middle East to help public and private clients achieve energy, water and financial savings.

With this new line of funding, the business is now aiming to expand its remit further into turnkey solutions of lighting upgrades to low-cost LED for commercial entities. As well as the development of a new revenue stream, it will allow the Billingham-based company to create five new jobs.

In May 2017, NPIF provided growth capital of £515k to Cenergist to help develop its Energy Advisory revenue stream through working with energy companies to achieve their Affordable Warmth targets.

FW Capital has long been a supporter of Cenergist. In July 2015, FW Capital’s North East Growth Plus Fund provided a £350k mezzanine loan for working capital for Cenergist to develop and grow its Energy Solutions revenue stream through sales of a high-performance water flow regulator.

James Waring, finance director at Cenergist, said: “Energy and water efficiency are key priorities for many organisations, both from a cost and environmental perspective. This presents opportunities for companies such as ours to assist in achieving these efficiencies. Through our strong partnership with FW Capital, we were able to raise finance to pursue a key area of growth in energy efficiency, and we thank them for their continued support as the business grows.”

Keith Charlton, senior investment executive at FW Capital, said: “Cenergist has a strong track record in the energy advisory services industry and has good relationships with a number commercial landlords and managers of commercial properties. It has also demonstrated the viability and strong prospects for LED upgrades through a successful and profitable pilot scheme.

“This follow-on investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting businesses like Cenergist and developing long-term working relationships. We are delighted to have been Cenergist’s investment partner again and wish them every success with their new venture.”

Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank, said: “Since NPIF backed the company in May last year, it has progressed at an impressive rate and this new round of funding puts the business in an even stronger position to capitalise on new opportunities in the market and create additional jobs in Tees Valley.”

Operating from the British Business Bank’s Sheffield head office, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides a mix of debt and equity funding (£25,000 to £2m).  It works alongside ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the combined authorities and Growth Hubs, as well as local accountants, fund managers and banks, to support Northern-based SMEs at all stages of their development.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

For more information about Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, please visit http://www.npif.co.uk/.