Partner with FDC

Providing debt across different asset classes​

Funds under Management
c.£ 10 m
Businesses supported
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FDC team members

Unlocking the growth potential of SME businesses for over a decade

FDC is an established alternative fund manager, supporting both SMEs and Property Developers with their growth plans. With growing regional presences, we invest across all UK regions and sectors offering a genuine alternative to traditional bank lending.

The private debt market is well established in the UK. FDC have identified significant opportunity to provide small and mid-market businesses with direct lending investments up to £20m. Integrated debt (senior, secured asset funding, stretch senior and limited mezzanine exposure) offers ease of transaction through a single party, whilst reducing transaction risk for the fund.

Launched in 2016 as the natural extension to Finance Birmingham, funding is available to ambitious businesses inspired to drive growth and scale their plans. With a team of highly experienced professionals, we are a long-term partner that can make business goals a reality.

In December 2022, FDC was acquired by Mercia Asset Management.


Mark Payton, Chief Executive Officer of Mercia, commented:

“We’re delighted to be able to announce the acquisition of Frontier Development Capital, which represents an important strategic milestone for Mercia, as we drive towards our ‘20:20’ objectives. Sue Summers and her team have built an outstanding and highly regarded UK lender and the acquisition will bring complementary capital, capabilities and reach across the UK’s regions, whilst also seeing our AuM grow to c.£1.4billion.”
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Responsible and Supportive Investor

FDC makes good deals; deals with integrity, deals that enable growth and seek positive outcomes for wider stakeholders. Every investment aligns with our responsible investor policy.

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Flexible long-term deals

With a holistic approach to every deal, typical companies £10-£30m turnover and £1-£5m EBITDA and investment characteristics that demonstrate high returns relative to risk.

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Recognised in the regional corporate finance community, our experienced team help SMEs navigate the funding process, from partnering with other lenders to finding management executives.

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FDC Investment team has a wealth of banking, private equity, and industry experience and is a team you can trust to deliver.

Senior team

Sue Summers


Graham Mold

Head of Growth Capital

John Handley

Non-Executive Director

Nick Oakley

Head of Property Finance

Pauline Watson

Operations Director

Our Partners

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British Business Investments

British Business Investments invests in providers of debt capital and equity finance to increase the overall supply and diversity of finance on offer to UK smaller businesses. British Business Investments Ltd is a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, a development bank wholly owned by the UK Government. Neither British Business Bank plc, nor British Business Investments Ltd are authorised or regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

West Midlands Pension Fund

Our partner The West Midlands Pension Fund is one of the UK's largest pension funds, managing and administering the pension interests of our members and scheme employers. The City of Wolverhampton Council is the administering authority responsible for the administration of the Fund.

West Midlands Combined Authority

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a collaboration of 18 local authorities, including Birmingham City Council and four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) including Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, working together to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands.

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Need more information? We have a track record of working with established institutional investors. To discuss opportunities to work with FDC as a fund manager, get in touch and request our IM.