Rosebud marks 30th anniversary with 220 jobs boost

Rosebud Finance, the finance package which helps Lancashire firms to grow, is celebrating a record period of job creation as it marks its 30th anniversary.


Rosebud has helped to create more than 220 jobs since the start of the year – more than any other six-month period since it was established in June 1986.

The figure includes more than 200 jobs at Hinduja Global Solutions’ Preston call centre, after Rosebud provided finance for the company’s expansion.

Funding from Rosebud, which includes both loans and equity finance, has also created over 20 jobs at other Lancashire companies during the first half of the year. They include the Preston-based software developer, the Burnley-based 3D print firm FDM Digital Solutions, and the Colne LED manufacturer CFE Lighting.

Rosebud is a finance package supporting Lancashire firms to grow and expand their business. It is managed by Enterprise Ventures on behalf of Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL) - the county council's economic development company.

Paul Taberner of Enterprise Ventures said: “Rosebud was set up 30 years ago with the mission to create jobs and continues to do so today, as the last six months have shown.

"While initially it provided very small sums, over the years it has played a more strategic role in economic growth, providing larger amounts to companies of all sizes. It is now one of the longest established and most successful funds of its type in the UK.”

County coun Niki Penney, chair of LCDL, said: "From the start of Rosebud thirty years ago to the current day, we've continued to change and adapt to meet the needs of businesses here in Lancashire.

"It's especially clear that we're providing the right support for businesses when they return to us to once again to support their growth plans, as we've seen with some of our companies. "We're proud of Rosebud's history of support and backing for Lancashire's business. Their growth directly creates jobs here in the county and boosts our economy."