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Mercia Asset Management

Finance and Risk Capital

Impact for scaleups


assets under management


Venture Capital Trusts


Average investment

Key sectors

Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Building & Construction Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Creative, digital, film, games & media Professional services Defence & security Technology & Communications Engineering / Advanced Engineering Transport & Logistics Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink Healthcare

Mercia became an AIM listed company at the London Stock Exchange in 2014. It provides capital across its four asset classes of venture, private equity, debt and proprietary capital – what it describes as the group’s ‘complete connected capital’. It initially nurtures businesses via its third-party funds under management, before over time providing further funding to the most promising companies by deploying direct investment follow-on capital from its own balance sheet.

Mercia only invests in domestic UK businesses with relatively modest capital needs (typically less than £30m in their entire growth journey to exit), aiming to back ambitious business owners who are initially looking for between £250,000 and £10m of investment. In its recent financial year 2022/23, average investment size was £900,000. 

The Group’s overarching strategy is to make a positive impact through investment in purpose-led companies. It has an investment track record in the life sciences, digital and deeptech sectors, with investments largely outside of London. The firm has a physical presence in cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bristol, Newcastle and London, ensuring that the requisite investment team is within two hours from prospective and existing investments. Mercia’s investment network is formed from close contacts within a variety of institutions ranging from universities, to the corporate finance community, to non-executive groups and their operational and sector partners.

Its three Northern VCTs alongside its EIS and regional funds operate in the pre-Series A space. Notable scaleups that it has supported include regtech Ideagen, ERP company Lineup Systems and gaming technology nDreams.

Mercia provides a range of support for its portfolio companies. It recently launched a fully funded program called ‘Rise & Thrive: Navigating Investment as Women Entrepreneurs’ that will offer a series of four half-day workshops to 80 female entrepreneurs. 

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