Make Liverpool have supported artists, makers and small businesses since 2014, providing them with access to the space and tools they need for their work. With a growing cultural, educational and creative events programme, Make found that limited facilities, systems and staff were holding them back. To expand their offering would require significant investment.
£150,000 of investment was needed from First Ark Social Investment to improve facilities for their new North Docks site and develop the events management programme.
With our help, Make submitted a successful application for the £14,000 Reach Fund, enabling them to source support from professional advisors to develop a comprehensive business plan and financial control policies. Make were then ready to apply for further investment from Invest for Impact and a loan of £108,000 and grant of £42,000 was approved.
Funds will be used to convert part of the warehouse into a multi-use events space to accommodate more classes and educational programmes for the local community.
“Working with First Ark Social Investment has been a transformation for Make. Using the Reach Fund before applying for investment, we were able to undertake supported work to get us ready to take vital next steps. Now we have the investment from Invest for Impact we can help transform the work lives of the creatives that use our facilities and make a positive social impact in North Liverpool.”
– Liam Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Make Liverpool
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