Vivarail, the Stratford-Upon-Avon-based designer and manufacturer of modular trains, has secured a £1.5 million loan from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners.
The firm will use this finance boost to pursue new growth by relocating to a larger site, which will enable it to scale up operations, and by expanding its workforce, with five jobs set to be created.
Vivarail specialises in developing a range of hybrid, electric and battery solutions for rail carriages and systems. It offers a unique proposition to the rail industry and has designed and implemented modular and interchangeable power systems which enable trains to be easily converted to run on batteries.
The company designs and manufactures trains based on existing bodyshells and bogies as part of its focus on reducing carbon waste. The company has taken orders from customers including West Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales and South Western Railway.
Ian Wenman, finance director at Vivarail said, “We are delighted to receive this funding package from MEIF Maven Debt Finance. As a business, our focus is to continue to develop environmentally friendly solutions for the rail industry. We look forward to taking this next step in our growth journey, relocating to a larger site and expanding our team.”
Demetri Theofanou, Investment Manager at Maven said, “Vivarail is a significant Midlands-based business that has developed some very interesting technology that will help the rail sector reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint. We are delighted to help finance this innovative business and look forward to seeing it embark on its growth journey.”
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.