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When a management team could not secure the finance it needed from traditional sources, it turned to M3 for support.

Consillia Ltd, based in Long Eaton, Nottingham, designs and manufactures a range of railway measurement and monitoring equipment and logistics vehicles for a worldwide market.

 The company was formed as the investment vehicle for the management buyout of a long established rail business, which formed part of a major data acquisition and storage group.

 When the management team could not secure the finance it needed from traditional lending sources, M3 stepped in to advise on the deal and help satisfy the company's cash flow requirements.

Drawing on our extensive network of funding providers, we introduced Consillia to a funding source, and following negotiations a mix of asset-based finance and a DTI loan was secured.

"The service and advice we received from M3 was first class" said Consillia's finance director Wayne French. "We had cash flow issues and needed working capital and growth finance to develop and expand the business. We knew that Consillia was a very strong candidate for a Government loan but we couldn't convince more traditional lenders that this was the case."

"So we approached M3 and very quickly they put us in touch with the right contacts who proved to be an excellent fit for our requirements. Not only did we get the finance and loan we needed, we also obtained them in the timeframe required, which was just as important as the deal itself."

M3's director Mark Crossfield said: "We pride ourselves on supporting deals in the SME market like this. Through our knowledge of appropriate finance sources we can quickly resolve funding problems and help companies like Consillia."

"The completion of this latest deal by M3 can only strengthen our reputation for providing innovative finance solutions in acquisition, sales or buy-out situations."