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NorthEdge appoints Portfolio Director

NorthEdge Capital, a private equity house that invests in businesses in the North of England, has hired Ben Wildsmith as Portfolio Director to manage the firm’s existing portfolio and to help deliver new deals across the North of England.

Wildsmith has over 15 years of corporate finance experience. He joins NorthEdge from EY where he was Corporate Finance Director responsible for leading the regional debt advisory business. Prior to that he specialised in business reorganisations and operational change gaining expertise in advising family and owner managed businesses. Prior to EY, Ben was at accountancy firm, Andersen.

This appointment follows the successful close of NorthEdge’s Fund II, which at the beginning of March hit its hard cap of GBP300 million. With total funds under management at the firm now in excess of half a billion pounds, Ben will be responsible for growing and developing the firm’s existing portfolio as well as looking for new investments.
Wildsmith says: “The new role represents an excellent opportunity to work in a thriving environment at a progressive, growing firm. The greater scope for responsibility, opportunity, and influence in a business’ decision-making process is an exciting prospect. I look forward to working with the team to achieve NorthEdge’s ambitious growth strategy and am delighted to join the firm.”
Dan Wright, Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Portfolio at NorthEdge, says: “Our commitment to providing a diligent, extensive service to both our existing portfolio businesses and potential clients is a key principle of our mission at NorthEdge. We are proud of our track record of building strong relationships with Northern businesses and this appointment is a reflection of our commitment to extending this offering.  
“With extensive experience in leveraged finance, investment banking and private equity, Ben offers the expertise we require to be a key asset to our team and our clients. He will play an integral role to the promising future of investment at NorthEdge, ensuring that we are able to continue to provide outstanding support to our existing clients and identify opportunities for growth.”

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