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BEI/12/39

15 March 2012

The £30m Chrysalis Fund launches in Merseyside

New funding to kick start employment creating projects in Merseyside, the £30m Chrysalis Fund, was officially launched in Liverpool today. Leaders from Liverpool and across the North-West, as well as Fund’s board members, representatives of the European Investment Bank and advisors came together to announce details of the £30m fund aimed at investment in commercial property and regeneration projects across Merseyside over the next three years.

The funding comes from the North West's share of the European Regional Development Fund under the JESSICA, Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas initiative. This initiative is supported by the European Investment Bank and handled in the Northwest by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Following today’s launch, developers and investors will be able to apply for investment funding from The Chrysalis Fund. This will be available for investment until December 2015.

Jim Gill, Chairman of the Chrysalis Fund’s Board, said: “The Chrysalis Fund provides a great opportunity for us to kick start some important development projects in the City Region. The Board is looking forward to making some early investments and, in the longer term, expanding the Fund and broadening its investments scope so that Chrysalis can fulfil its potential to become a primary facilitator of growth for the area.”

Simon Brooks, European Investment Bank Vice President for the United Kingdom said: “Unlocking new urban investment funding for Merseyside will stimulate sustainable growth across the North West. The European Investment Bank will look at providing additional funding for projects supported by Chrysalis, as well as passing on experience from similar schemes across Europe.”

Clllr Joe Anderson, Liverpool City Council Leader, said: “A huge amount of hard work and dedication has been put into the development of Chrysalis from across the Merseyside authorities and the Consortium. Chrysalis is an innovative approach to economic development and it will provide Merseyside with new opportunities and options.”

Iain Jenkinson, investment agent for the Chrysalis Fund, said: “This is a great opportunity for the Liverpool City Region. The Chrysalis Fund is a dedicated investment vehicle, which supports key economic growth and regeneration, with an ability to make sub-commercial investments into projects, providing Merseyside with a competitive advantage over other core cities and sub-regions.

“The Consortium is very pleased to be working with its public sector partners to manage the project investments and create a sustainable legacy fund following the first round of investments. The initial call for projects is now open and we look forward to working with the developers of eligible projects.”

Councillor Phil Davies, Local member of the North West European Regional Development Fund Local Management Committee, said; "The Chrysalis Fund is of huge importance to Merseyside. ERDF funding is all about boosting local economies and the significant amount of money being invested in this project from the North West Programme signifies how key it is. The local economy, local businesses and local people will all benefit from the major works made possible by this fund."

Deborah McLaughlin, North West Executive Director at the HCA added: “We are committed to working with our local partners to develop innovative funding models that will help underpin Merseyside’s long-term growth and stability. The launch of this fund provides developers and investors with a great opportunity to regenerate significant urban sites and play an important role in helping to kick start Merseyside’s economic recovery.”

The Chrysalis Fund will be used to develop high quality strategic urban sites and premises in Merseyside, recognised as being of regional importance. This will support growth of high value and knowledge-based sectors, through improved offices, industrial units, warehousing and distribution.

The new fund will extend financing options available for urban projects in the North West by making senior and mezzanine debt available to fund projects that support sustainable growth. Investing through such a revolving fund instrument helps increase the impact and extend the availability of the European Regional Development Funds in the region. The finance will either supplement existing debt from mainstream banks or sit alongside the developer’s equity with the aim of unblocking schemes that the financial markets will currently not finance at the required level.

The Fund is managed by the Igloo Consortium, which is made up of Igloo Regeneration Limited, GVA and RBC Capital Markets.

There is a maximum lot size of £6m of ERDF funding (£12m total including match) in any single project.

Press contact:

  • European Investment Bank: Richard Willis, +352 621 555 758, willis@eib.org

Website: www.eib.org/press - Press office: +352 4379 21000 – press@eib.org

Notes to editors:

The European Investment Bank:

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. The European Investment Bank has provided funding for projects in the UK since 1973 and over the last ten years has lent GBP 35 billion for investment in the UK economy.

The Igloo Consortium

The Chrysalis Managers are Igloo Regeneration Limited, GVA and Royal Bank of Canada:

Igloo Regeneration Limited has a unique combination of fund, development, investment and asset management expertise is its fundamental differentiator, driving and delivering successful sustainable urban regeneration. Igloo is the manager alongside Aviva Investors behind the igloo Regeneration Partnership of pension, life and charity funds, which invests in sustainable urban regeneration across the UK and the Blueprint Public Private Partnership with the HCA delivering sustainable economic development in the East Midlands.

GVA is one of the UK’s largest property advisor covering all of the core disciplines required of an advisory service in this sector with large teams covering Investment and Capital Markets, Office and Industrial Agency, Valuation services, Rating advice, Building surveying services and project management and Planning, Development and Regeneration advisory.

Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets is a leading advisor and funder for infrastructure globally, specialising in PPP structures with access to both the capital and banking markets.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.

Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.

We achieve this by:

  • Understanding the needs and aspirations of people and communities through close working with local authorities on local investment planning

  • Enabling local delivery through the channelling of our expertise and investment 

  • Working effectively with the market, housebuilders, investors and other stakeholders

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ERDF in the Northwest:

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the Northwest. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the Northwest is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. For further information please visit www.communities.gov.uk

About RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC and is consistently ranked among the top global investment banks. With over 6,300 employees, RBC Capital Markets is active globally in fixed income, foreign exchange, infrastructure finance, ECM, metals & mining and oil & gas. Working with clients through operations in Asia, Australia, the UK, Europe, and in every major North American city, RBC provides capital markets products and services from 75 offices in 15 countries. RBC Capital Markets has major hubs in New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. For more information, please visit www.rbccm.com


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