North East Access to Finance was set up to co-ordinate and manage the re-deployment of legacies from previous investment funds in North East England, to provide new forms of support for the benefit of SMEs in this part of the country. This new funding will come from the financial returns from previous regional investment programmes that will be re-used in new funds, but with significant leverage of match funding from other sources, including the European Regional Development Fund.
In 2013, NEA2F commissioned a study which provided an authoritative analysis of the role of public investment funds had played in assisting SMEs to access finance. The findings and recommendations from this research are being used in the development of the new ‘JEREMIE’ fund for North East England. NEA2F are members of the team responsible for the development of JEREMIE2 and are working with key partners including North East Finance and the North East and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships. It is intended that this fund will be ready to go live when the current Finance for Business North East fund ceases investing, at the end of 2015. View copies of the findings and recommendations.
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