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Are you looking for funding to start a business? Do you need finance growth within your existing business? Have you been trying to expand your company but have been rejected by the banks?

Chamber Acorn Fund may be able to help you 

The Fund is a not for profit company, limited by guarantee and a fully accredited Responsible Finance Provider. We are a 'gap funder' and operate across the Hull and Humber region and are committed to finding ways to support the financially excluded with commercial funding.

We provide support for both new start and established businesses and look for viable business projects which will create employment and provide a sustained benefit to the local economy.

Want to know more about how we could help you? Call us on 01482 324976 or email

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VinylFX, Hull has been trading for 1 year after securing a Start Up Loan

Team Members

Craig Simpson
Fund Manager
Tel: 07595 667096

After spending over 3 decades working for several high street banks as a Commercial Manager, Craig joined the Fund in 2011 to establish the government-funded Start Up Loan programme. In 2017, Craig became Fund Manager and is also involved in several other not-for-profit and charitable organisations in the area.

Mags Meyers
Financial Controller
Tel: 01482 324976

Mags has been with the Acorn Fund since its inception almost 15 years ago and is AAT qualified. She is the first person you will speak to if you call our office and is able to give you all the information you need, put you in touch with an advisor in your area and help you with any queries you might have.

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Caroline Sturgeon
Investment Manager
Tel: 07514 338831

Caroline’s background covers event organising, facilities & catering management, both in the public and private sectors, and she ran her own beauty therapy business for several years. She works alongside Heather covering the Hull and Humber region for Start Up Loans and also works with Craig on the Acorn Fund.

Neil Ballantyne
Investment Manager
Tel: 07599 388169

Neil worked as a Business Manager for main high street banks for 33 years before joining the Fund in 2013 to work with new start businesses on the Start Up scheme. Based in York, Neil covers the northern part of our area including Leeds and part of Teeside.

Heather McIntyre
Investment Manager
Tel: 07881 816303

Following 10 years at Business Link Yorkshire and Humberside, Heather joined the Acorn Fund in 2011 to work with NEA programme and now handles Start Up Loan applications. Along with Caroline, Heather covers the Hull and Humber and East Coast areas of the region and has dealt with most types of businesses from doggy day care to race horse transport.

Rob Moody
Investment Manager
Tel: 07427 194236

After leaving school, Rob worked for Royal Bank of Scotland for 36 years working his way up to Area Manager for Business Banking covering South Yorkshire & Lincolnshire. He still covers this area for Start Up Loans and for the last 2 years has mentored a wide range of businesses including an online magazine, yoga teacher and a steak & seafood restaurant.

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