Our history

Mercia comprises Mercia Technologies PLC, which invests from its own balance sheet and Mercia Fund Managers, which raises and manages third party funds. It is this blend of activities which enables Mercia to provide the ‘Complete Capital Solution.’

New Group website launched / Oct 2017

Mercia launches a new website which brings Enterprise Ventures, EV Business Loans, Mercia Fund Management all under one identity - 'Mercia Fund Managers'

New contracts awarded / Feb 2017

Group wins significant new contracts with British Business Bank.

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Sale of Allinea to ARM / Dec 2016

Allinea Software is sold to ARM Limited for £18.1million.

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AIM-listing for Concepta / Jul 2016

Concepta PLC lists on AIM by way of a reverse takeover.

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18 university partnerships / Jun 2016

Mercia increases number of university partnerships to 18.

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Acquisition of Enterprise Ventures / Mar 2016

Mercia acquired Enterprise Ventures Group Limited, creating a go-to provider of early-stage and growth capital in the Midlands, the North of England, and Scotland, operating from six regional offices.

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New offices and partnerships / Oct 2015

Mercia opened an office in Edinburgh. It also began Scottish partnerships with the University of Strathclyde and Abertay University, as well as three partnerships across the North of England with the Universities of York, Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University, taking its universities to 14.

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Mercia Technologies lists on AIM / Dec 2014

Mercia Technologies PLC listed on AIM, raising £70.0m. Mercia Fund Management became the wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercia Technologies, providing Mercia with a 'Complete Capital Solution' for technology businesses.

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Nine university partnerships / Apr 2013

Mercia Fund Management increased the number of university partnerships to nine across the Midlands, with £22.0m under management through third party funds.

Relocation of offices / Jan 2013

Mercia Fund Management relocated from Birmingham to Forward House in Henley-in-Arden (West Midlands).

First EIS/SEIS fund raised / Apr 2012

Mercia Fund Management raised the first hybrid Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) fund to come onto the market.

Launch of the Complete Capital Solution / Jan 2012

Forward Group became a shareholder in Mercia Fund Management (MFM). MFM launched the full funding model of early-stage investment from third party funds to follow-on direct investment from the balance sheet (the Complete Capital Solution).

Mercia Fund Management created / Jan 2010

Management buyout led to the creation of the third party fund manager Mercia Fund Management.

Collaboration with Forward Group / Jan 2007

Forward Group established a collaboration with WME on the basis of their common interest in supporting and investing in the UK’s leading university spinouts.

Eight university partnerships / Jan 2006

Mercia Fund Management expanded university partnerships to eight.

Launch of MF1 / Jan 2000

WME launched Mercia Fund 1 (“MF1”), a £4.0million evergreen seed fund providing support and capital to spinouts from the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick.

WME established / Jan 1982

WM Enterprise Limited ("WME") was established in 1982 as a venture capital provider.

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